Improving Research and Writing Skills

Improving Research and Writing Skills

The best researchers are "information literate"--they know how to find, evaluate, and use information. The best writers need to know grammar, style, and the many other aspects of academic writing. There are several excellent academic websites that explain to students how to use print and electronic sources effectively and quickly, and how to write college-level papers. Students who read, practice, and apply the principles of research and writing outlined in these websites will become better researchers and writers.


The Information Literacy Tutorial (Univ. of Idaho) shows you how to understand, analyze, locate, and evaluate information from academic sources such as journals, books, and the Internet.

The OWL (Purdue Univ.) has over 200 webpages to help you with ALL types of writing: academic, informal, and professional. Many topics--from grammar to writer's block to literary analysis--are addressed.

• Learn how to avoid plagiarism by visiting these websites at Penn State, Cal State, and Acadia University.

Good research skills and good writing skills go hand in hand.


Visit The Writer's Studio.

Learn your research terminology.

Watch webcast tutorials.

Macromedia Flash Player & headphones required

Citations & Plagiarism (4.1 mins.)
Research Strategies (4.1 mins.)
Evaluation of URLs (5 mins.)
Peer Review (1.2 mins.)
Google (2.8 min)


Research Guide (Duke Univ.)

The Research Process (Univ. of Illinois)

Evaluating Information (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals (Univ. of Texas)

Dartmouth Writing Program (Dartmouth College)

Advice on Academic Writing (Univ. of Toronto)

The Writing Center (Univ. of Wisconsin)


Reading in College (Swarthmore): a professor's advice on how to get through all the readings assigned to you in college.