Resources

Welcome to The Writing Center Resource Hub! Click a link below, or simply scroll down, to locate helpful writing-related resources. (But don't forget that a Writing Center consultation might be just the support you need!)

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Brainstorming    Inspiration    Career-Related Documents    Citations & Formatting   Collaboration    Research & Project Management     Creative Writing   ELL    Journaling    Oral Communication    Multimedia Presentations    Productivity    Internet Distraction Blockers    Revision    Grammar   Proofreading    Structure & Organization    Outlining    Welcome Distractions    Word Reference

Disclaimer: As Writing Center consultants, we've found the following resources trustworthy and helpful to our development as writers. Remember that these resources are not necessarily accurate to what an instructor may be looking for in your writing, so it's always best to double-check with your instructor's directions.

Note: All resources that require purchase are indicated with $.

Brainstorming and Inspiration

For rethinking your approach to writing and understanding the writing process in a new way. Be inspired! Draw out those ideas hiding away in your brilliant brain.

Frog Box 

Understanding Assignments Demo 

Webbing 

Writer's Block Buster  $

Writing as Decision Making 

Books

On Writing by Stephen King  $

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg  $

Career-Related Documents

For resumes, cover letters, CVs, personal statements, and more. Need help preparing for an interview? Check out our resources for Oral Communication.

Career Center 

Communication Center Resources 

Job Search Writing 

Writing the Personal Statement

Resumes

Bold, Beautiful Resumes 

The Worst Resume Ever 

Citations and Formatting

Trustworthy sources for citing and formatting in most disciplines. Don't see your citation style below? Check out the Purdue Owl's complete discipline listing for further resources.

In addition, we have style manuals (APA, MLA, Chicago, and more) available for student use in the Writing Center. Please feel welcome to come in and ask us for help if you are having difficulties with using the Purdue OWL or the style manuals.

How We Cite 

Is It Plagiarism Yet?

Purdue Owl 

AMA

AMA Style Stat!
APA

APA 

Purdue Owl APA
Chicago

Chicago Manual of Style 

Purdue Owl Chicago
IEEE

IEEE Citation Reference
MLA

MLA 

Purdue Owl MLA 

Collaboration, Project Management, and Research Management

Free sites that make collaborating in group projects easier. Helpful tools to manage research and large projects.

Delicious 

Dropbox 

EndNote 

Evernote 

Mendeley 

OneNote 

Scrivener 

Shareist 

Shovebox 

SoundGecko 

Wrike 

Zotero 

Creative Writing

Idea generators, prompts, and publishing opportunities for inspiring your creativity and developing conventions of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

Character Namer 

Frog Box 

Poets and Writers 

Story Generator 

UCCS Free Expression Poetry Club: Meets Thursdays at 7:00 in the MOSAIC Office

UCCS Literary and Arts Journal 

Writer's Digest 

Writing.com 

yWriter5

English Language Learners

For developing language skills and support for language acquisition.

Corpus 

Excellent ESL Websites 

Language & Social Sciences Center 

Visuwords

Journaling

Journaling, free-writing, and note-taking apps.

Day One 

Shovebox 

Oral Communication and Multimedia Presentation

Tips, tutorials, and tools for creating and giving effective presentations.

Communication Center 

5 Secrets of Public Speaking from the Best TED Presenters 

How to Create a PowerPoint Presentation 

Prezi 

TEDTalk: 10 Tips on How to Make Slides

Productivity

Tips for increasing productivity, writing environments to help you focus, and reward-based writing motivators.

Lifehack 

Ommwriter $

Write or Die $

WriteRoom (Mac only) $

Written Kitten 

ZenWriter

Internet Distraction Blockers

Anti-Social $

Cold Turkey 

Freedom $

StayFocusd

Revision

Tips and guides for effective revision, proofreading, and editing.

Color Coding 

Read Aloud Demo 

Reverse Outline 

Word Frequency Counter 

Grammar

Grammar Essentials 

Grammar Girl - Quick and Dirty Tips 

Grammarly 

The Grammar Slammer 

The Oatmeal 

Q10 

Proofreading

Proofreading 

Structure, Organization, and Outlining

Tools and methods for bettering the structure and organization of your writing.

Color Coding 

Gingko 

Reverse Outline 

Scrivener $

Webbing

Welcome Distractions

For when you need to take your mind off your writing.

Alot  

The Oatmeal 

Problems of a Book Nerd

Word Reference

Dictionaries, thesauruses, and etymologies for improving word choice.

Corpus 

Dictionary 

One Look Dictionary 

Online Etymology Dictionary 

Thesaurus 

Visuwords 

Word Frequency Counter