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Humanities & Social Sciences Writing

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Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) Provides writing help with examples. Most Popular Resources include links to MLA and APA formatting and style guides, Creating a thesis statement, and more.
Writing in College: A Short Guide to College Writing This guide is intended to help first and second year students write effective papers in the humanities and social sciences.

Scientific & Technical Writing

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Technical Writing A good place to learn about technical writing.
Word Usage in Scientific Writing Good source of common errors found in scientific writing.
Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students Comprehensive writing information for students in the sciences and engineering.


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Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. This standard work of grammar from 1918 is still a very useful and readable guide to the principles of grammar and composition.
King's English by H. W. Fowler "This classic 1908 volume discusses common blunders of vocabulary, syntax and punctuation in a humourous, over-the-top fashion."

Specific Types of Writing

Name Description
Academic Writing: Annotated Bibliography A comprehensive source of information on creating annotated bibliographies.
How to prepare an annotated bibliography This site describes what an annotated bibliography is and is not, and how to make one.
Paradigm Online Writing Assistant "POWA is an excellent tool covering various essay types (e.g. argumentative, thesis/support) plus organizing, editing, revising and – often the biggest challenge – “discovering what to write.”"
Writing a Literature Review Handout in pdf format from Writing Services, Learning Commons, University of Guelph.
Writing and Presenting Your Thesis or Dissertation Concisely presents pointers for thesis creation and presentation.

UG / U W / WLU

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UG Learning Commons Supporting undergraduate and graduate students in their learning, writing, research, and use of technology through workshops, study groups, individual consultation, and print and web resources.
UW Writing Centre

Offers “tutoring and workshops” by professional instructors at no charge to all Waterloo students. Professional tutors “are available to provide individual attention to undergraduate and graduate students who want to improve the quality, clarity, and depth of their writing.”

WLU Writing Centre "Tutors are available to help you one-on-one with your academic writing, including composition, grammar, citation and all aspects of the writing process."


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Academic Integrity Tutorial - University of Waterloo Orientation to Academic Integrity for First Year Students.
How to Avoid Plagiarism and Other Written Offences: A Guide for Students and Instructors The section on "Commonly heard but unacceptable defences of plagiarism" is particularly useful. Agency/Author: Associate Dean of Arts, Undergraduate Studies, U of Waterloo.
Plagiarism Comprehensive collection of links covering all related topics. Agency/Author: Sharon Stoerger, adapted from pages she created for the Office of the Vice-Chancellor of Research, U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Proper Use of Sources Good advice on how to summarize, paraphrase, use quotations and integrate sources, including examples. Agency/Author: Wilfrid Laurier University Writing Centre.
UW’s Academic Integrity Website for Graduate Students Provides access to information about general academic integrity issues intended to help understand the values and behaviours of a responsible UW graduate student.

UW Restricted Resource