Resources for Graduate Students


The UWC has resources for academic writers of all stages, including presentations, videos, a writing log template, and handouts that cover everything from grammar to citation styles. Presentations developed specifically for graduate students include Transitioning from College to Graduate Writing and The Dissertation Genre and Professional Writing Habits.

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. You can also borrow a book for a few minutes, scan relevant sections and email them to yourself using the KIC scanners (located in front of the PCL’s circulation desks), and return them to the UWC.

Additional Resources

Resources Beyond UT

  • Purdue OWL  – general writing/revision resources, including exercises in grammar and citation.
  • Navigating the PhD  – workshop series at Michigan State University’s Writing Lab, which addresses writing and other common grad student concerns (such as managing time and building professional relationships).
  • The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity  – Recommendations for professional editors, coaches, retreats, and writing services. This page also offers a bibliography of resources on general academic writing, race and gender in the academy, conflict management, professionalization, and more.

Editing Services

The UWC does not provide editing or proofreading services. To hire a freelance copy-editor, please visit our Hire an Editor page. We also recommend Professor Wendy Laura Belcher’s overview: how to hire and work with an academic copyeditor.