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Wilfrid Laurier University Centre for Student Success
August 30, 2016
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Handouts & Websites

Here you will find a wide range of writing resources grouped together conceptually in order to provide you with quick access to information on all aspects of academic writing. You will have access to:

  • handouts from the WLU Writing Centre. These handouts are also available in print at the Writing Centre
  • links to external writing websites

In addition, we recommend the following:

Introduction to Academic Writing

Essential Features of Academic Writing

Academic Writing- What Is It?

Inexperienced Writers vs. Experienced Writers

Some General Advice on Academic Essay Writing (U of T)

Overview of the Academic Essay (Harvard)

Essentials of Academic Writing (U of Ottawa)

Better writer, better grades by Gordon Davidson (Laurier Writing Tutor)

Critical Reading and Critical Thinking

Active Reading: Getting the Most Out of Your Text (WLU Study Skills & SI Centre)

Critical Thinking Strategies (WLU Study Skills & SI Centre)

Critical Reading Towards Critical Writing (U of T)

How to Get the Most out of Reading (U of T)

Taking Notes from Research Reading (U of T)

Dealing with New Words (U of T)

The Writing Process

The Writing Process

Prewriting: How To Get Started

Prewriting Techniques

How To Construct An Argument

How to Write an Outline

Strategies for Researchers (WLU Study Skills & SI Centre)

Understanding Essay Topics: A Checklist (U of T)

Essay Structure (Harvard)

Introductions and Conclusions (U of T)

Introductions, Body Paragraphs, and Conclusions for Argument Papers (Purdue)

Annotated Student Writing Samples (The Bedford Researcher)

Thesis Statements

How to Write a Strong Thesis Statement (WLU)

Argument and the Research Paper

How to Write a Strong Thesis Statement

How to Write an Effective Conclusion

The Book Review

The Critical Review

Essential Features of Business Writing

The Purpose of the Research Paper

The Research Paper

How to Construct an Argument

Annotated Bibliography

Writing an Annotated Bibliography

Plagiarism, Citation, Documentation

Why We Cite Sources in Academic Papers: MLA

How to use Sources and Avoid Plagiarism: MLA Examples

Why We Cite Sources in Academic Papers: APA

How to use Sources and Avoid Plagiarism: APA Examples

MLA and APA documentation styles

Chicago Documentation Style

How Not to Plagiarize (U of T)

Paragraph Writing

Paragraph Writing 1

Paragraph Writing 2

Student sample (WLU) 

Transition Words & Phrases

Developing Coherent Paragraphs (U of T)

Sentence Construction

Academic Writing and Subordination

Sentence Types

Sentence Revision for a Mature Compact Style

Grammar and Style

The Parts of Speech and their Function

All You Need to Know about Verbs and Verb Look-alikes

Punctuation Rules: Commas and End of Sentence



Inexperienced Writers vs Experienced Writers

Writing Portfolios

Assembling a Writing Portfolio

Scientific Writing

Scientific Writing Resource (Duke)

Scientific Writing Series (ACS)

Communicating Science (UBC)

CSE Name-Year Citation Style (McGill)

Resources for Graduate Students

The Graduate Writing Kit (U of Ottawa)

Writing a Thesis or Dissertation (Learner Associates/Michigan State University)

Writing a Thesis Proposal (U of Ottawa)

Additional Resources

Writing at the University of Toronto

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Writing in College: A Short Guide to College Writing (University of Chicago)

Norton/Write, an online handbook on all aspects of the writing and research process.

Oral presentations (Duke University)

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