Additional Resources: Writing & Speaking

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On-Campus ResourcesCitation FormatsESL Support
GrammarOnline Guides to Academic WritingOral Presentation Skills
PlagiarismPoster PresentationsProposal Writing
PublishingBooks on Academic Writing and SpeakingScientific Writing
Blogs for Graduate WritersEssay and Thesis WritingThe Writing Process

On-Campus Resources

The ​Centre for International Exper​ience (CIE) serves international students coming to U of T an​d domestic students looking to go abroad.​

The U of T​ Library ​provides answers to common research questions (including using RefWorks, setting up my alerts, using article databases, finding theses, accessing resources from home, etc.)

The ​Career Centre offers a comprehensive, personalized range of services to support and empower participants in making informed decisions about their career and employment goals.​

The Health and Wellness Centre​ offers students short-term individual counselling/psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, group therapy, workshops, an​d psychiatric medication services.​

The Academic Success Centre​ offers a variety of​ services and supports specifically for graduate students.

On-Campus Resources: Writing Centres in the Profess​ional Facultie​s

Architecture Writing Program

Engineering Communication Program

Health Sciences Writing Centre (for students in Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physical Education, Health/Exercise Science, and Social Work)

OISE Student Success Centre

On-Campus Resources: Writing Centres on the Satellite Campuses

U of T ​Scarborough campus: The Writing Centre​, Centre for Teaching and Learning

​U of T Mississauga campus: ​​The Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre​​​

Citation Formats

APA Style, APA Online

MLA Style

The Chicago Manual of Style Online​

IEEE Editorial Style Manual​

Standard Documentation Formats, Writing at U of T​​​​

Citation and Style Guides, Concordia University Libraries

Research and Citation, OWL at Purdue

Citing Your Sources, University of Wisconsin–Madison Writing Centre​

ESL Support

Academic P​hrasebank, University of Manchester

English as a Second Lan​guage Resources, OWL at Purdue​

Using English fo​r Academic Purposes: A Guide for Students in Higher Education

Using English

Learning ​English, BBC

Note: If you are not a registered graduate student at U of T, you are not eligible to take courses at GCAC. Instead you may wish to look at the course offerings at U of T’s​​​​​​ School of​ Continuing Studies or the Toronto District School Boar​d Continuing Education​.​

Essay and Thesis Writing

Writing an Analytical Essay

Writing Research Essays

Assignment Planner

Graduate Supervision Guidelines, School of Graduate Studies, U of T

Demystifying the Dissertation Column, Peg Boyle Single, Academic Writing Coach

Writing and Presenting Your Thesis or Dissertation, S. Joseph Levine, Michigan State University

Thesis by Publication, Shannon Mason and Margaret Merga


Revising, Writing at U of T​

HyperGrammar 2, University of Ottawa

Grammar, OWL at Purdue​

Grammar for Academic Writing, University of ​Edinburgh

The Nature of Writing, Concordia University of Edmonton

Online Guides to Academic Writing

Writing at​​ U​ of T

Online Writing Lab, Purdue ​​University

Academic Phrasebank, University of Manchester​

The Writer’s Handbook, the Writing Centre ​​​at the University of Wisconsin–Madison

Write Online​

Wordiness List, Kim Blank, University​ of Victoria​​​​​​

Using Visuals, Rebecca A. Pinkus

Oral Presentation Skills

How to Win at Academic Presentations, Sarah Knowles, LSE Impact Blog​

Presentation Tips, Garr Reynolds

Presentation Resources, Think Outside the Slide, Dave Paradi​​ ​


How Not to Plagiarize, Writing at U of T​

Avoiding Plagiarism, OWL at Purdue

Plagiarism, Indiana University Writing Tutorial Services

Academic Integrity Booklet, Princeton University​

Intellectual Property Guidelines for Graduate Students and Supervisors, School of Graduate Studies, U of T

Poster Presentations

Design of Scientific Posters, Michael Alley, Penn State University

Advice on Designing Scientific Posters, Colin Purrington, Swarthmore College

Poster Presentation Guidelines, Varinder K. Randhawa and Philip J. Bilan

Creating Effective Poster Presentations, George R. Hess, Kathryn W. Tosney, and Leon H. Liegel

Proposal Writing

Academic Proposals in Graduate School, Writing at U of T

Grant Proposals, University of North Carolina at C​​hapel Hill Writing Center​

Writing Academic Proposals, OWL at Purdue​

A Funding Adviser’s Guide to Writing a Great Grant Application, Nature


Getting Published, Gerald Jackson

Manuscript Works, Laura Portwood-Stacer

Publishing Advice for Graduate Students (in the Humanities and Social Sciences), Thom Brooks

The Scholarly Kitchen​​​: What’s Hot and Cooking in Scholarly Publishing​

Open Access Overview, Peter Suber

Directory of Open Access​ Journals

Scientific Writing

Craft of Scientific Writing, Michael Alley, Penn State

The Science of Scientific Writing, George D. Gopen and Judith A. Swan

Scientific Writing Resource, Duke University

How to Write a First-Class Paper, Nature

Elements of Style, Nature Physics

Clinical Chemistry Guide to Scientific Writing

Writing Laboratory Reports

Writing in Mathematics

Writing in the Sciences

The Writing Process

Getting Started

Finding Your Topic

Four Steps to Narrow Your Research Topic

Mapping Your Research Ideas

Writing an Annotated Bibliography

Understanding Your Assignment Checklist

Planning and Prewriting

Introduction to the Academic Writing Process

The Prewriting Stage

Prewriting and Brainstorming Strategies

How to Brainstorm

Developing an Outline

Developing an Outline 2

General Structure

Constructing a Logical Argument


The Thesis Statement

Writing Introductions and Conclusions

Working with Sources

Active Reading and Notetaking Skills for Research

Notetaking from Research Reading

Notetaking Instructions Worksheet

Using Quotations

Quotation, Paraphrase and Summary

Paraphrase and Summary 2

Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism: From Passage to Paraphrase

Writing An Annotated Bibliography

Blogs for Graduate Writers

Explorations o​f Style​

Doctor​al Writing SIG​

Writing for Research


Research Degree Insiders

Scientist Sees Squirrel

The Thesis Whisperer​

Books on Academic Writing and Speaking

Recommended Books on Academic Writing and Speaking