Resources for Student Writers

I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.
~Peter De Vries

Feeding the Muse: Writers read. Read widely.

Generating ideas



  • Revising means seeing your entire paper with fresh eyes. Try these checklists from Purdue and Dartmouth.
  • Revising means making structural changes. Harvard provides an example.

Final editing

  • The paramedic method can help you cut the fat and get to the point by using strong verbs and eliminating strings of prepositional phrases.
  • Proofreading is the last step. Read your paper aloud and try other ways to slow down and pay attention.

Disciplinary Writing: Remember with academic writing that one size does not fit all fields.

  • Rules and formats vary. You’ll find lots of resources on the Web —but stick to sites ending with “.edu”.
  • The University of North Carolina has handouts on Writing Center for Anthropology, Art History, Communication Studies, Drama, History, Literature (Fiction), Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sciences, and Sociology.

Publishing: Writers need readers.

  • Marymount publications

Undergraduate journals

  • American Journal of Undergraduate Research
    A refereed journal for undergraduate research in the pure and applied sciences, mathematics, engineering, technology, and related areas in education.
  • The Journal of Young Investigators
    JYI provides opportunities for students to participate in the scientific review and publication processes, primarily through the operation of its peer-reviewed journal for undergraduates.
  • Michigan Journal of Political Science The Michigan Journal of Political Science accepts submissions from undergraduate students attending accredited universities worldwide.
  • The Oswald Review
    The Oswald Review (TOR) is an international, refereed journal of undergraduate criticism and research in the discipline of English.
  • Public Writing: A Cultural Studies Journal for Undergraduates A Public Writing submission may work in any of the following fields or combine any of the following fields in an interdisciplinary manner: cultural theory, social theory, literary theory, cultural anthropology, linguistics, rhetoric studies, historical analysis, sociology, queer studies, disability studies, gender studies, philosophy or any other applicable field.
  • Young Scholars in Writing
    Young Scholars in Writing: Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric seeks theory-driven and/or research-based submissions from undergraduates on the following topics: writing, rhetoric, composition, professional writing, technical writing, business writing, discourse analysis, writing technologies, peer tutoring in writing, writing process, writing in the disciplines, and related topics.

Other opportunities

Sites Useful to Nonnative Writers of English
Grammar Review

  • Articles – a handout from the University of North Carolina
  • Idioms – practice quizzes from the Internet TESL Journal

Don’t overlook the three best resources for student writers at Marymount:

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