Excel Writing Center

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
Citations & Formatting
Collaboration
Creative Writing
ELL
Genre-Specific Writing
Grammar
Inspiration
Internet Distraction Blockers

Job Search Writing
Journaling
Literary Analysis
Multimedia Presentations
Oral Communication
Outlining

Plagiarism
Productivity
Project Management
Proofreading
Structure & Organization
Research

Resumes
Revision

Visual Design
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 the information in 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 a $ sign.

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.

FreeMind - Mind Mapping Software

Frog Box

Understanding Assignments Demo

Webbing

Writer's Block Buster $

Writing as Decision Making

Books

Ballenger, Bruce. The Curious Researcher. 6th edition. New York: Longman, 2008. Print.

Bazerman, Charles and Paul Prior. What Writing Does and How It Does It: An Introduction to Analyzing Texts and Textual Practices. Philadelphia: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2003. Print.

Bean, John. Engaging Ideas: The Professor's Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1996. Print.

Davis, Robert L. and Mark F. Shadle. Teaching Multiwriting: Researching and Composing with Multiple Genres, Media, Disciplines, and Cultures. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2007. Print.

Dillard, Annie. The Writing Life. New York: Harper Perennial, 1990. Print.

Gaiman, Neil. Neil Gaiman's Journal. <http://journal.neilgaiman.com/>. Web.

Goldberg, Natalie. Writing Down Bones: Freeing the Writer Within. Boston: Shambhala, 2005. Print.

Heilker, Paul. The Essay: Theory and Pedagogy for an Active Form. Urbana: NCTE, 1996. Print.

King, Stephen. On Writing. New York: Pocket, 2002. Print.

Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Harpswell: Anchor, 1995. Print.

McManus, Patrick F. The Deer on a Bicycle: Excursions into the Writing of Humor. Spokane: Eastern Washington University Press, 2000. Print.

Murray, Donald. A Writer Teaches Writing: A Complete Revision. Boston: Houghton Mifflin College Division, 1985. Print.


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're having difficulties with using the Purdue OWL or the style manuals.

Avoiding Plagiarism

How We Cite

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

Tips & Tricks for Formatting on Word Processors

Insert Headers and Footers in Microsoft Word

Six Tips for Better Formatting in Microsoft Word

Work Smarter and Quicker with Apple iWork's Pages


Collaboration, Project Management, and Research Management

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

Delicious

Dropbox

EndNote

Evernote

Mendeley

The Night Before: Essay Planner

OneNote

Scrivener

Shareist

Shovebox

SoundGecko

Team Viz

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

A Novel Idea

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


Genre-Specific Writing

Resources for writing in specific genres.

Literary Analysis

STEPS: A Resource for Writing about Literature


English Language Learners

For developing language skills and support for language acquisition.

Corpus

English Prepositions

Excellent ESL Websites

Language & Social Sciences Center

Visuwords


Job Search Writing

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

What is a Cover Letter?

What is a CV?

Resumes

Types of Resumes

Bold, Beautiful Resumes

The Worst Resume Ever



Journaling

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

Day One

Moleskine

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


Plagiarism

Tips for avoiding plagiarism and knowing when to cite.

Guide to Preventing Plagiarism

Is It Plagiarism Yet?



Productivity

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

Lifehack

The Night Before: Essay Planner

Ommwriter$

Team Viz

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.

45 Ways to Avoid Using the Word "Very"

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

Tips for Crafting Sentences

Q10

Proofreading

Proofreading

The 10 Step Guide to Proofreading Essays Quickly from Grammarcheck.net


Structure, Organization, and Outlining

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

Color Coding

FreeMind - Mind Mapping Software

Gingko

Reverse Outline

Scrivener $

Webbing


Visual Design

Resources for enhancing the visual design of documents.

Dafont


Welcome Distractions

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

Alot

The Oatmeal

Problems of a Book Nerd

Words with Friends


Word Reference

Dictionaries, thesauruses, and etymologies for improving word choice.

Corpus

Dictionary

One Look Dictionary

Online Etymology Dictionary

Thesaurus

Visuwords

Word Frequency Counter

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