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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 Writing Commons 


Online Writing Commons


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 and Other Writing Resources


RIT Libraries’ Summon searches the physical and digital resources hosted by Wallace Center, Cary Collection, and RIT Archives. This tutorial covers search features and instructions for effective use of Summon, including saving articles and generating citations.  

This Citation Style Guide 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:  Noodlebib, Endnote, Mendeley, and Zotero.

The Wallace Center also offers Research Assistance and Additional Tutorials. Students and Faculty can contact the Circulation Desk to Chat with a Librarian

InfoGuides 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 Academic Integrity site includes student and faculty resources for understanding copyright, Turnitin, and institutional policies for both intentional and inadvertent plagiarism.


Other helpful resources


  • The Purdue OWL 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 vidcasts.


  • Grammarly 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 Grammar Tips, a Blog about Writing, and Plagiarism Checker.



  • This Guide to Proofreading from the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers some simple advice for writers looking to improve their proofreading and editing processes.



  • The WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship 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 WLN Archives, beginning with Volume 1 from 1976.