Resources for Graduate Student Writers

University Library System Resources

The ULS librarians have created a LibGuide for Dissertation Boot Camp with useful links. They also offer LibGuides on Endnote and Mendeley.

ULS makes the BrowZine app available to you. Use it to easily find and read thousands of scholarly journals available from Pitt libraries or through Open Access publishers.


General Writing and Grammar Support

OWL at Purdue offers tons of help for general writing and mechanical issues. They also offer advice for documents used in the academic job search, such as CVs and job letters


Citation Styles

Hillman Library offers a set of links on various citation styles (including MLA, APA, Chicago, and others). ULS also offers workshops in EndNote and Mendeley, software that can handle your citations for you.


American Psychological Association (APA Style)

Council of Science Editors (CSE Style)

Chicago Manual of Style (CMS citation guide)

Modern Language Association (MLA style)


English as a Second Language Support

Dave's ESL Cafe


Digital Composition

Digital Writing 101 offers a lot of advice and resources for composing digitally, including material on teaching.

Digital Writing Workshop offers links to many platforms and apps.


Discussion and Group Support 

The University Counseling Center offers group support for dissertation writers.

Phinished is an online community that offers support, goal setting, and discussion.


Guided Meditation

The University Counseling Center offers some downloadable audio guided meditations. These are perfect for helping you to manage stress. Try one when you are preparing to write to help you get centered or take a break and do one to recharge. 


Versatile PhD

The University of Pittsburgh subscribes to The Versatile PhD, a site that helps graduate students who want to identify and prepare for possible non-academic careers. The key concept is versatility: the ability to apply skills and interests in a wide variety of fields. The site keeps students informed about academic employment realities, educated about non-academic career options, and supported towards a wide range of careers. 

Because Pitt is an institutional subscriber, you can register through a link to the site on My Pitt (just follow the Versatile PhD link in the right column); accessing the Versatile PhD site through the My Pitt link authenticates you as a member of the Pitt community and enables you to see premium content.