Writing Links

Links are divided by topic.

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Academic Writing

Elements of Style

This style guide has information on language usage, common issues in composition, and other issues writers face.

Guide to Grammar & Style

This is essentially a users guide to the English language. Topics are organized alphabetically.

The Forest of Rhetoric

This site provides a glossary of rhetorical terms as well as larger rhetorical concepts such as ethos, logos, and pathos.

Style Academy

This website provides short tutorials on basic writing skills, grammar, and rhetoric.

Business Writing

Writing Tips from the Harvard Business Review

This article gives practical tips on business writing as well as case studies its importance.

Creative Writing


This website is a forum for creative writers where they can share their work, read the work of others, and participate in Q&As with published authors.

Poetry Foundation

From their site, "The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience."


Poetry related terms, types of poetry, and a history of poetry are just a few of the resources this site provides.

Writers Write

This site provides fiction writers with a collection of links on topics like genre, business, and research.


The Academic Collocations LIst

Collocations are words that are frequently found next to each other or in combination. Pearson has analyzed data and put together the most common collocations found in academia.

Cambridge Dictionaries Online

The free dictionary

This dictionary includes information on idioms, medical and legal terminology, as well as foreign language dictionaries.

Macmillan Dictionary

Merriam-Webster Online

Merriam Webster's Visual Dictionary


Dissertation & Thesis Help

UNLV Library Dissertation & Thesis Resources

Engineering and Science

Purdue OWL

Purdue has a variety of resources for writing in the discipline of Engineering, along with handbooks for formatting, etc.

Scientific Reports

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has put together a downloadable comprehensive guide of what to include in your scientific reports.

Writing and Speaking Guidelines for Engineering and Science

Penn State has put together guidelines for writing and speaking in the field of Engineering, for both reports and correspondence. Additionally, there are writing exercises and video tutorials.

English for Multi Lingual Writers

The Academic Word List

This list is a collection of the most common words used in academic English. This site also includes vocabulary lessons to strengthen your knowledge.

English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions

Paraphrase, Summary, Synthesis.

Phrasal Verbs

Purdue Writing Lab

This Purdue OWL site has grammar and mechanics information, writing exercises, and avoiding plagiarism and academic honesty guides.

Using English for Academic Purposes - Vocabulary

Using English for Academic Purposes - Writing

VOA Learning English

Divided into multiple levels, this site has video based lessons on a variety of topics.

Formatting & Style Guides

ABA - American Bar Association

AIAA - American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

APA - American Psychological Association

AMA - American Medical Association

APSA - American Political Science Association

ASA - American Sociological Association

ASM - American Society for Microbiology

CMS - Chicago Manual of Style

IEEE - Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers

MLA - Modern Language Association

TRB - Transportation Research Board

Genre, Compositon & Grammar

Ted Ed Writing & Composition Lessons

These short videos cover a range of topics, from grammar to different genres. You can also learn about the history of the English language.


Grammar Bytes

Here you can find links to grammar exercises, terms, and videos.

Grammar Girl

Mignon Fogarty, a.k.a. Grammar Girl, shares tips on how to avoid common grammar errors in English.

Perfect English Grammar

This website covers all aspects of English grammar and includes exercises to help you strengthen your skills.

Purdue OWL

This area of Purdue's OWL focuses on different aspects of grammar and includes plenty of examples and exercises.

Paraphrasing & Avoiding Plagiarism

Paraphrase, Summary, Synthesis

On this site you'll find simple strategies to paraphrase, summarize, or synthesize your sources.

Preventing Plagiarism

This site has resources for instructors and students. You can learn about how to avoid plagiarism, how to recognize it, and the consequences of it.


Proofreading Advice


SUNY's Research Writing: Elements and Steps

SUNY has put together a writing guide that navigates the different stages of research writing and helpful techniques on how to approach the task.

STEM Writing

Below are a list of workshops presented by Xan Goodman of the UNLV Library. (Adobe Connect Required)

Benefits of Mendeley and RefWorks

Concept Searching

Introduction to LiverTox

Introduction to Systematic Review Research Methodology

Introduction to PubMed

Advanced PubMed

Overview of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Sources

Tools for Literature Review

Technical Writing

MIT Presentation on Technical Writing

This presentation on technical writing includes how to plan and revise your paper, as well as what to avoid in technical writing.