Writing Skills

The following resources provide information on developing academic writing skills. Please contact the Academic Success Center to meet with an Academic Coach if you would like assistance incorporating any of these materials into your daily routine. 

Learning how to write college-level papers can be intimidating. In college, you are often asked to analyze readings, make claims, and support your beliefs. The expectations and quality of your writing may be higher than before. Thankfully, ISU has resources to support you as you make this transition. Resources are listed below and handouts are located on the right!

Writing and Media Center: Get individual help and specific resources from the Iowa State University Writing and Media Center!

Center for Communication Excellence: Provides graduate and postdoctoral associates with support and skills for their academic communication and attainment of professional goals.

What is Plagiarism? Humorous videos from Rutgers University about plagiarism. (Source: Rutgers University)

Academic Misconduct: View our institutional policies on academic dishonesty, which includes plagiarism.

BibMe: This is an online resource for creating and formatting bibliographies in APA, MLA, or Chicago. It does not eliminate the work, but this free online resource will help you manage all your references and likely help you increase accuracy.

CyBox: Online storage option for up to 50GB of data. Share files with others, and use your iastate NetID to access it.

Google Docs and Spreadsheets: What we like most is that since documents are saved online, Good documents are great for groups because you can share documents with many people, all the while editing the same file. Also great for individuals as a way to back-up your documents and/or access them anywhere.

OpenOffice.org: OpenOffice.org is a source for free office software, including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, and databases. This software can also read/write files from other programs.