Resources for Graduate Students

UWC Resources

The UWC has resources for academic writers of all stages, including presentations, videos, and handouts that cover everything from grammar to citation styles. 

You are also welcome to visit our UWC Library, which contains books on discipline-specific writing styles, dissertation writing, and other topics relevant to writing in graduate school. Our books cannot be checked out, but you are welcome to stay and read them.

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Popular Handouts for Grad Writers


Learn how to create a work schedule planning backwards from the deadline.

How to Prepare for the PhD Defense

Top ten tips for preparing for the defense across disciplines.

Research Management

Overview of tools and apps to help organize and manage your research.

Writing a Literature Review

Conventions and expectations of literature reviews across disciplines.

Giving and Seeking Feedback

Tips for exchanging effective feedback on your students’ or colleagues’ work.

Personal Writing Inventory

Take stock of your writing process and identify ways to improve it.

Reverse Outlining

Learn how to assess the organizational soundness of your writing.

Hire an Editor

While the UWC does not provide editing services, here are tips on hiring a freelance editor.

Reading Model Introductions

Learn the rhetorical moves of academic introductions.

Starting a Writing Group

Tips on how to start a writing group of your own!

Writing Log Template

Keep track of your progress on your writing projects.

Presentations for Grad Writers

Presentations developed specifically for graduate students include Transitioning from College to Graduate Writing and The Dissertation Genre and Professional Writing Habits.

Resources by Genre & Discipline

ESL Writer’s Handbook

Nigel Caplan, Grammar Choices for Graduate and Professional Writers – Resources compiled by Professor Nigel Caplan, specialist in Applied Linguistics and language support for scholarly writing.

Purdue OWL: ESL