Writing Resources

Comprehensive Resources

Visit the CCA Libraries website, open the “Learn how” tab, and select “how to Cite” for access to reliable print and electronic resources, research guides, and links to useful citation tools.

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) allows students to access over 200 free resources, including but not limited to the following topics:

  • APA formatting & style guide
  • avoiding plagiarism
  • creating a thesis statement
  • developing a résumé
  • ESL (English as a Second Language)
  • grammar and mechanics
  • job search & professional writing
  • MLA formatting and style guide
  • research
  • style guides
  • writing & teaching writing
  • writing the basic business letter

Writing Mechanics

Paradigm Online Writing Assistant offers free-of-charge practical writing instruction, including the basics of effective writing and proper use of punctuation.

Writing Across the Curriculum provides online writing guides by disciplines that explain departmental expectations for writing in the majors and the types of writing typical of the major.

The guides feature model writing with how-to instructions, individual teachers' expectations, and more.

  • collaborative writing
  • critical thinking
  • grammar
  • tips for ESL writers
  • tips for graduate student writers
  • revision

Writing for Disciplines

Dartmouth's Institute for Writing & Rhetoric makes available:

  • Writing in the Humanities
  • Writing in the Sciences
  • Writing in the Social Sciences
  • Writing a Thesis
  • Writing the Academic Paper
  • Using Sources

Writing for Art-Based Curricula

Columbia College's Writing for Visual Arts is a student-focused, comprehensive guide on writing and speaking about art: studio art, art education, and/or art history.

The Columbia College art faculty offers explanations about writing and presentation assignments to help ease the pain of what students occasionally consider unnecessary, difficult, or even impossible tasks such as writing:

  • annotated bibliographies
  • art analysis and interpretation
  • artist's statements
  • comparative art analysis
  • comparative film analysis
  • internet research
  • journal writing
  • oral histories
  • outlines

Additional Sites

Writing and research/general

NoodleTools provides free software tools that assist with good-practice researching skills, compiling bibliographies, and source citations.

Disciplinary writing

UC Irvine's resources for students features a Campus Writing Coordinator section with the following valuable resources:

  • citation styles
  • Guidelines for Writing a Philosophy Paper (Princeton)
  • How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography (Cornell)
  • Library Research Using Primary Sources (UC Berkeley)
  • Reading, Writing, and Researching for History (Bowdoin)
  • Writing an Abstract (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
  • writing guides in the disciplines
  • Writing the Art History Paper (Dartmouth)
  • Writing Your Research Prospectus (University of Colorado)

Research tools

UC Riverside's INFOMINE (Scholarly Internet Resource Collections) is a virtual library of internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the college or university level.

It contains useful internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information.

General and extensive search functions can be done by disciplines such as visual and performing arts.