Handouts and Resources
These resources are meant to support the work you do with faculty, TA's, and Writing Center tutors.
Resources in Caltech's Library
While there are many good online resources related to academic writing, not everything you need to know can be found online. Our library has many books related to academic, professional, and technical writing you can consult and borrow. The HWC has worked with the library to create a LibGuide about Writing that will quickly connect you to many of those resources.
The HWC has also composed an annotated bibliography of our favorite resources for writers in STEM fields. Many of these books are available in the Caltech Library, and the HWC has copies of all of them that you can utilize inside the Center.
Introduction to Academic Writing
This set of video resources on college writing, produced by the Hixon Writing Center, offers Caltech freshmen four tutorials led by peer tutors on topics that are always challenging to freshman writers. The videos address making an argument, organization, working with sources, and writing with clarity. Two additional videos featuring faculty and students explore the importance of writing for students focused on study in STEM fields and how the writing process works.
Writing the Paper (Elements, Processes, Skills)
If you are asking questions about how to write a successful academic essay, these resources may be helpful. This includes topics like crafting strong arguments, organization, and writing well at the sentence level.
- Arguments (CSU)
- Collecting Information (CSU)
- Drafting, Designing, Revising (CSU)
- Grammar (Purdue OWL)
- Peer Review (MIT)
- Punctuation (Purdue OWL)
- Taking Notes (CSU)
- Working with Sources (Harvard)
Scholarly Citation and Style Systems
If you are asking questions about how to properly cite texts and avoid plagiarism, these resources may be helpful. We have print copies of many style guides in the HWC, and the library also has print and digital copies of many guides.
- ACS (American Chemical Society) Citation Guide (Williams College)
- APA format (American Psychological Association)
- APA Format (Purdue OWL)
- APA Format, annotated sample research paper (Hacker)
- Avoiding Plagiarism (Bedford)
- Citation Technology Comparison (NYU)
- Chicago Style (Purdue OWL)
- CSE Style (Council of Science Editors)
- CSE Citation/Sequence (CSU)
- CSE Name/Year (CSU)
- CSE Style, annotated sample research paper (Hacker)
- IEEE Style (Pitt)
- MLA Format, overview with links to more specialized info (Purdue OWL)
- MLA Format, formatting quotations, including fiction and poetry (Purdue OWL)
- MLA Format, annotated sample research paper (Hacker)
- Turabian Style
- Understanding Plagiarism (Hjortshoj)
- What style does each discipline use? (Purdue OWL)
Genres of Academic Writing (Types of Writing Assignment)
If you are working to write a type of academic writing that is unfamiliar to you, these resources may help you understand what it is and why it works the way it does.
- Abstracts (CSU)
- Curriculum Vitae [CV] (CSU)
- HTML (Basic HTML)
- Lab Report [LabWrite] (NCSU)
- Policy Statement [Environmental] (CSU)
- Posters (CSU)
- Posters (PSU)
- Presentations in STEM fields (PSU)
- Scientific Paper (CSU)
- SURF Proposal (slides from presentation delivered 2/5/16) (Caltech)
- Writing for the Web (CSU)
Writing for Specific Academic Disciplines
The way knowledge is produced affects how it is written about, which accounts for the differences you may encounter in writing for different disciplinary audiences. If you're getting to know how writing works in a new field these resources may help.
- Anthropology (UNC)
- Art History (UNC)
- Biology (GMU)
- Biology (Marquette)
- Engineering (CSU)
- History (UNC)
- Philosophy (Jim Pryor)
- Philosophy (UNC)
- Political Science (UNC)
- Sciences (UNC)
- Sciences (American Scientist)
This page is currently being updated. If you're looking for help with something and don't find a resource here, please email us and let us know what you'd like to see here.