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Writing Links

Online Resources for QCC Writers


Our writing tutors recommend using these links to enhance your academic writing and English language skills.

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Good General Resources for Writing and Research


Thesis Statements

Literary Analysis Essays & Literature Study

How to Do a Close Reading (Harvard University)

Video Series: Crash Course Literature (free educational channel on YouTube)

Video Series: American Passages: A Literary Survey
American literary movements and authors in the context of American Literature

Video Series: Invitation to World Literature
Insights on 13 notable texts, including Things Fall Apart and Candide

Literature Reviews

Nursing Research Papers

Scientific and Technical Writing

Transfer Applications & Scholarship Essays

Transfer Application Essays:

Writing a Transfer Essay (Carnegie Mellon)

Application Essays (UNC Chapel Hill Writing Center)

Scholarship Essays:

Scholarship Application Tips (CUNY ASAP Program)

Writing a Strong Scholarship Essay (Owens Community College)

Steps for Writing Scholarship Essays (Antioch University Writing Center)

How to Write a Scholarship Essay (Maryville University)

Scholarship Essay Worksheet (Sinclair CC Tutoring & Learning Center)

Scholarship Essay Tips (Kansas State University)

Scholarship Essay Resources (Cuyamaca College)

Research Skills


Grammar, Usage, Mechanics & Style

Using Plain Language (Writing for the U.N.)

Articles (U of Adelaide)

Subject-Verb Agreement (Vincennes U.)

Transitions (Purdue OWL)

Video: Coordinating Conjunctions (FANBOYS)

Video: When to use apostrophes (TED-Ed)

Video: Semi-colons (TED-Ed)

Vocabulary Tools

Learner's Dictionary
For non-native speakers of English

Collocation Dictionary
Shows which words work together in English
Look up synonyms (words with similar meanings)

Free Grammar Quizzes & Exercises

Tools for Student Papers & Presentations
Online grammar tool with free and subscription options

MLA & APA Templates

MS Word in Office365
Start blank document, then click “show templates” if they aren’t already on screen. You will see templates for papers in MLA and APA styles.

Google Docs
See template gallery section, which includes pre-formatted APA and MLA documents.


PowerPoint in Office365
Student Office365 accounts include PowerPoint, which allows you to create presentations. Pre-formatted templates and background themes are available.
Online service with free basic membership options that allow you to browse other free presentations or create your own.

Brainstorming/Graphic Oranizers
Create mind maps and more.
templates for mind maps.

Google Keep
Free app that allows note-taking with all kinds of media (text, lists, audio, images, video)

For Fun: Online Writer and Book Talks

CUNY Events
Book talks, lectures & more

The Center for Fiction
Author talks & online discussions

CUNY Research Scholars Program – Writing Resources