Online Resources

Note: We offer links to a lot of great resources on our Pinterest page.

General Writing Help

Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides explanations and exercises for punctuation and other issues. They also offer some tips for writing for global audiences (including Indian, Chinese, and North American business readers) and a range of explanations and worksheets on ESL issues.

Excelsior College's Online Writing Lab has developed a useful and comprehensive set of pages related to writing.

By visiting, you can use a peer-reviewed, award-winning Open Text for students and faculty in college-level courses that require writing and research.

How to use gender-inclusive guidelines (developed here at Pitt) when you write.


Proofreading and Editing

The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill offers a guide to proofreading and editing strategies.


Citation and Avoiding Plagiarism

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.

Pitt's English Department has published a great page on understanding and avoiding plagiarism.


Support for English as a Second Language Writers

Dave's ESL Café offers advice and links for ESL students.


Digital Composing

Digital Writing 101 offers a lot of advice and resources for composing digitally.


Creative Writing

LitReactor offers advice for punctuating quotation.