Support For Graduate Students
Tips for Writing at the Graduate Level
- Six Tips for Improving Your Writing in Graduate School
by Joanna Hughes
Time to sharpen up your writing skills! Following these six steps will help ensure
that your writing is on point for graduate-level course work.
- Writing with a Scholarly Voice
from Walden University
Learn about “writing temptations” that hinder a scholarly tone along with tips for
- A Writing Routine
from Peg Boyle Single
Feeling overwhelmed with all your writing assignments and deadlines? A
consistent writing routine using the practical steps outlined in this article may help
relieve stress and lead to stronger writing.
- Writing Anxiety
from UNC-Chapel Hill
Writer’s block and other writing-related anxiety is situational – not psychological.
People aren’t born anxious writers; rather, they become anxious or blocked
through negative or difficult experiences with writing. This handout suggests
ways to increase your confidence as a writer and thinker.
Thesis and Dissertation Support
- Organizing Your Social Sciences Research Paper (USC Library)
This guide is designed to help students develop thoughtful research questions and organize various sections of research reports (Abstract, Introduction, Literature Review, Methodology, etc.). It also provides information about citing sources and proofreading your work.
- Literature Reviews (UNC Chapel Hill)
This resource explains what literature reviews are and offers insights into the form and construction of literature reviews in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
Sample Theses and Dissertations
Writers agree that the best way to master an unfamiliar genre of writing is by reading
examples of works within that genre. As you write your thesis or dissertation, consider
exploring theses and dissertations written by former CUI students to use as models for
your own work. Library's Thesis/Dissertation archive
The Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Looking for feedback on your writing? All current CUI graduate students are eligible to
submit papers to our Online Writing Lab (OWL) and receive written feedback via email
from one of our graduate-level writing consultants.
OWL consultants will address global concerns in your papers, such as the clarity of your
ideas, organization, structure, format, and style. Although our consultants will not
proofread or line-edit your work, they will point out patterns of grammatical or stylistic
errors and offer suggestions for improvement.
Uploading your paper to the OWL is easy:
- Register and login to our online scheduling system.
- Make sure you are viewing the “OWL Email Submissions” schedule by clicking
the dropdown menu at the top of the calendar and selecting “OWL Email Submissions.”
- To upload your paper, select an open “appointment” time by clicking on a white
box and filling out the appointment form.
- Once the form is filled out, you will be able to upload your paper.
- You will receive feedback via email within two business days of your scheduled
submission day and time.
Upload a paper now!