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Online Writing Commons
All reading, writing, and research is bounded by context, including correct citation formatting and genre. If you have specific questions about writing requirements or directions in a particular class, ask your professor and classmates. RIT students can also make appointments to work with us in the .
The Online Writing Commons @ RIT is a collection of resources for interested students and faculty looking to improve their writing, reading, researching, and revising processes. Many of the resources on this page are maintained by RIT Libraries and the Wallace Center. Faculty may also consider these resources when designing curriculum and supporting students.
Please send questions to Phil Shaw, Writing Commons Coordinator:
RIT Libraries’ searches the physical and digital resources hosted by Wallace Center, Cary Collection, and RIT Archives. This covers search features and instructions for effective use of Summon, including saving articles and generating citations.
This hosted by RIT Libraries covers APA and MLA citation styles, as well as a video tutorial about correct formatting in Microsoft Word. There are also links and instructions about four reference and citation management tools: , , , and .
The Wallace Center also offers and . Students and Faculty can contact the Circulation Desk to .
provides information for conducting research in a variety of disciplines and RIT courses. Each database includes a description which indicates the disciplinary focus and resources it contains. For students in First-Year Writing, the Library has links to two Writing about Writing databases.
This site includes student and faculty resources for understanding copyright, , and institutional policies for both intentional and inadvertent .
- The has been a vital resource since its creation in 1995. The site includes information about subject-specific writing, English as a Second Language (ESL), professional writing as well as correct documentation in multiple citation formats. The Purdue OWL also has a digital library of teacher and tutor resources, including instructional .
- advertises itself as “the world’s most accurate online grammar checker.” The software is free with sign-up and can be installed as a plug-in for most browsers and word processing software. The site also offers , a , and .
- This from the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers some simple advice for writers looking to improve their proofreading and editing processes.
- helps writers looking for professional copyeditors. This is a fee-for-service organization through which writers and editors bid to be hired to complete them. The EFA provides information about and requires a to access services.
- The publishes “articles [which] focus on challenges in tutoring theory and methodology.” Students and faculty interested in learning more about the theory that guides our practice can browse the , beginning with Volume 1 from 1976.