5 Under-the-Radar Writing Resources for College Students

5 Under-the-Radar Writing Resources for College Students

The quality of writing presented in college-level essays is incredibly important, yet many college students miss the mark by not fulfilling foundational requirements like proper grammar, proofreading, strong research, citations, and double-checking their work for plagiarism. Failing to truly realize how important these conventions, practices, and standards are—students don’t produce their strongest work. (They may even accidently present different meanings in their writing that they didn’t intend.)

If you’re in college and need help during any stage of the writing process give these great resources a close look!

  1. colwiz: Created by The University of Oxford, this free tool allows you to do several crucial steps in the research and writing process: search, read, and cite academic resources. You can even share and collaborate on important projects.  “Our goal is to accelerate research by providing a robust reference manager with data sharing and collaboration capabilities.”
  2. Freedom: Now, more than ever, it’s important for students to focus on their writing assignments without the various distractions of the Internet. Freedom’s customizable app blocks ads, websites, e-mails, and social media accounts that impact your focus. You can even block the entire Internet! For another type of distraction-free writing, Calmly Writer is worth a try.
  3. Quetext: Typically you see plagiarism tools advertised to teachers. But this tool is free and can be utilized by students to review their work. This is perfect for double-checking how you used sources in your essay—keeping your quotes, analysis, and paraphrasing on track. A similar tool is Plagiarisma.
  4. Amherst College Writing Center: While almost every college student today has heard of Purdue Owl, other university writing centers have put together phenomenal writing resources for college students (making them a perfect place to find answers to grammar and proofreading questions). Amherst has a great collection of sources from across the web: “The Writing Center staff has curated this directory of web pages for explaining writing skills and practices. Many of these pages were created by other college writing centers, writing instructors, or writing textbook authors.” To learn more check out “Online Resources for Writers.” Similar institution sites include Harvard Writing Center and UNC Writing Center.
  5. Weebly: Many English Instructors are asking students to create larger, multimedia, writing projects (rather than traditional essays). One common theme is assignments that ask students to go create their own blog or mini-website to showcase their research and arguments/ideas. Weebly is perfect for this—with a FREE basic plan that’ll be enough to create a unique writing project to share with your professors or peers.

There are an enormous amount of tools and resources out there. Is one of your favorites missing from our quickfire list? If so, share what you’ve found that works great for you or others!


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