Useful Websites

Style and Documentation

APA blog-top942aAPA Style Blog

The APA Style Blog is the official companion to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. It’s run by a group of experts who work with APA daily.

_CMOS17Chicago Manual of Style Quick Guide

The Chicago Manual of Style Quick Guide is a freely available reference website with helpful instructions and examples of how to cite according to either the Notes/Bibliography or Author/Date citation styles.

MLA HandbookMLA Style Center

The Modern Language Association Style Center offers numerous writing resources, from quick guides to sample papers.

Graduate and Professional Student Life

Academic Ladder

Academic Ladder offers free resources for graduate student writers, especially for the dissertation process. They also have a monthly Academic Writing Club available for a fee.

The Professor Is In

The Professor Is In provides straight-shooting guidance on succeeding in academia. Dr. Karen Kelsky offers great advice on academic writing and the academic job market.


A social networking tool for academics, Chronicle Vitae offers many resources for succeeding in the academic world.

Writing Help

Excelsior OWL

Read even more articles on the writing process, sources, argument, critical thinking, and plagiarism.

Purdue OWL

Use this Online Writing Lab (OWL) for APA assistance and looking up technical, grammar, or style rules.

Productivity Tools

Story Toolz

Use the word count meter from Story Toolz to track your productivity and track your progress writing your dissertation!


Need noise to stay focused while you write? Coffitivity plays background noise and/or music to help you focus while you work.


Writers’ block? Need to brainstorm? Mind mapping software can be a great tool to help kick start creativity and organize ideas. Check out this article on the Five Best Mind Mapping Tools to choose which one could work for you.

English Language Tools


Install this tool to help you catch simple grammar mistakes. While it’s a helpful tool, beware of relying on it to make your English ‘perfect’. It doesn’t check for all possible errors, but it will catch common mistakes made in English.


A popular app, Duolingo allows you to practice English grammar and vocabulary at your level. It’s a great tool to fine tune your English skills.


Memrise is a fun and engaging app/website that helps you practice English skills and vocabulary. Use it 5-10 minutes daily to work on the smaller points of English you still need to improve.

Word Reference

Hands-down the best bilingual online dictionary. Use this to more deeply understand the meaning of words and phrases. You can also ask native speakers questions about hard-to-understand terms using their forums.