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General advice and examples

Common Writing Assignments
The Purdue Online Writing Lab has resources to help you understand and complete specific types of writing assignments.

Writing Handouts and Demos
The Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers handouts and videos on a variety of writing topics, including specific writing assignments.

Academic Writing
From write, this resource provides in-depth information on the expectations and formats of case study reports, lab reports, and reflective writing.

How to Write a Thesis Statement
Tips from Indiana University Bloomington on writing thesis statements.

Videos on effective email, professional, and academic writing
From Sheryl Holt, TESoL scholar, instructor in the Department of Writing Studies and the Carlson School of Management, and author of Success with Academic and Scholarly Writing (2004).

Writing for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects

Carnegie Mellon University Global Communication Center resources
This webpage links to a variety of research-based handouts and videos specifically focused on writing in the STEM disciplines.

How to Write a Paper in Scientific Journal Style and Format
Many pages of in-depth information from the Department of Biology, Bates College.

Writing for special types of assignments

Sample Academic Proposals
Examples of academic proposals for conferences, journal articles, and book chapters from the OWL at Purdue.

Writing an Annotated Bibliography
From the OWL at Purdue, an online resource that offers definitions and information on format, content, and style of annotated bibliographies. Includes examples of entries using MLA, APA, and Chicago style formats.

Writing Book Reviews
Detailed information on book reviews from Writing Tutorial Services, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Book Reviews
Step-by-step advice on writing a book review or an essay that offers a critical perspective on a text—from The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Analyzing Scholarly Articles
From the Texas A & M University Writing Center, a useful guide to writing critical analyses of scholarly articles.

Writing Formal Laboratory Reports
From Truman State University in Missouri, this page provides details about style, organization, and the various parts of lab reports in chemistry.

Literature Reviews
From the Carnegie Mellon University Global Communication Center, this handout provides an introduction to writing an effective literature review.

Writing a Literature Review
From the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, a definition of a literature review, along with step-by-step advice on organization.

Writing Systematic Reviews
The University of Minnesota Libraries provide support for the process of completing systematic reviews. Clicking on the link will lead you to a request form.

Literature Review: Questions to Ask Yourself
From the University of Toronto, a number of questions that you can consider when developing a literature review.

Writing in Mathematics
Puzzled about how to write a math essay (and why you are being asked to write one)? Your questions are answered here by a professor at Franklin & Marshall College.

Policy Writing
From the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy Writing Center at the University of Michigan, an informative graphic that provides an overview of policy writing and advice for what a policy memo should do.

Poster Presentations
On this page, the UW-Madison Writing Center Writer's Handbook will help you construct a poster presentation based on your research project.

Rhetorical Analysis
From the Texas A & M University Writing Center, a concise introduction to the elements of a rhetorical analysis.

Digital Media Projects
Samples, resources, and consultations related to creating video, design, and other media projects from Media Services at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Visual Projects
A website produced by Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services (LATIS) at UMN, Design Lab provides support for those "interested in designing or developing a visually driven project, or completing such an assignment for a class assignment."

Writing in the Health Sciences
From the University of Toronto, a comprehensive guide for writers in the health sciences, including advice for writing in research and policy contexts. Topics covered include annotated bibliographies, evidence-based reports, issue analyses, literature reviews, oral presentations, and poster presentations, among others.

Writing a grant proposal

Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal
This detailed guide enumerates the sections of a funding proposal and provides both writing advice and examples of a final product. Users can select separate sections or download PDFs of the whole site.

On the Art of Writing Proposals
Downloadable PDF of suggestions from the Social Science Research Council.

Planning and Writing a Grant Proposal: The Basics
From the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Writing Center, this site includes common elements of proposals as well as successful sample proposals.

Applications for academic programs and professional positions

Resume Guide
From CLA Career Services, tips on writing a resume, from getting started to formatting in Microsoft Word.

Cover Letter Guide
From CLA Career Services, advice on writing and formatting a cover letter (samples included).

Resumes, CVs, Cover Letters
From the U of MN Graduate School, resources on writing resumes, CVs, and cover letters.

CVs, Cover Letters, and Teaching Portfolios (pdf)
From Stanford University, brief advice on the academic job application process followed by a rich collection of sample CVs from the Humanities, Education, and Science/Engineering, along with sample cover letters for jobs and postdocs.

List of Action Verbs for Resumes & Professional Profiles
This two-page list in .pdf format is from the Wake Forest University Career and Professional Development website.

Creating Effective Personal Statements
In-depth advice on writing personal statements for graduate school applications from CLA Career Services at U of MN.

Writing a Personal Statement for Graduate School
From the career center at the University of California–Berkeley, step-by-step advice on planning and writing what is arguably the most important portion of any graduate or professional school application.

Guided Brainstorming Exercises for the Personal Statement
This online tutorial from the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Writing Center helps writers to generate ideas for their personal statements. Writers can answer the brainstorming questions online, then have their responses emailed to themselves for further use in their drafts.

Writing Diversity Statements
Resources from the University of California, Davis to help navigate the importance of diversity statements, view example statements, and provide real prompts from current universities and colleges asking for a statement.

Additional career resources on campus

Career Services
Offers U of MN students discipline-specific advice and consultations on writing resumes, cover letters, personal statements for graduate and professional programs, and so on.

Career and Pre-Law Workshops
Free workshops offered by CLA Career Services at U of M.

More Guidance: Short Online Presentations
Online workshops offered by CLA Career Services at U of M.