General Resources

Getting Started
Developing Ideas
Polishing and Editing
  • Proofreading (U of NC 2-min video)
  • Commas (U of NC handout)
  • Passive Voice--What it is and when to use it or avoid it (U of NC 2-min videos)
  • Conciseness (U of NC 2-min video)
  • Finding and Fixing Errors. Nationwide research by Andrea A. Lunsford and Karen Lunsford identifies trouble spots for many writers.  This handout offers a few strategies to help writers fix some of their own errors.    

Specific Fields of Study

Writing in Math and Science
    Writing in the Social Sciences
    Writing in Other Fields
    We also recommend the terrific discipline-specific guides from The Harvard Writing Project:
      • Guide to Writing for Psychology
      • Guide to Reading and Writing in Social Anthropology
      • Guide to Writing a Senior Thesis in Sociology
      • Guide to Writing in the Life Sciences 
      • Guide to Philosophical Writing
      • Guide to Writing in Religious Studies 
      • Guide to Writing a Senior Thesis in History and Literature
      • Guide to Writing a Senior Thesis in Government
      • Guide to Writing a Senior Thesis in Social Studies
      • Guide to Writing a Senior Thesis in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

    Handouts & Links

    This collection has several handouts designed specifically by and for WVU student writers, but we also want to acknowledge our thanks to the University of North Carolina Writing Center, the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL), and the Harvard Writing Project for their generosity in letting us link to their rich resources.