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International Students Library Handbook: Writing Support & Resources

Welcome to the Library–here are useful tips, information, answers to help you get started with your research!

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CWRU Writing Resource Center

When you need help putting together your paper, the Writing Resource Center (WRC) can help you.  The WRC provides individual support for academic writers across the university. Writing consultants will meet you on campus and guide you through writing style, your drafts, or rearranging your paper so it flows smoothly.

It's easy to make an appointment  online! Your consultant will meet you Monday - Friday in your choice of several campus locations, including at Kelvin Smith Library or the SAGES cafe. Online consulting is available too.

Microsoft Word Spelling and Grammar Check Tool

If you would like to double check your grammar while working in MS Word, choose “Review” in the menu bar, and then click “spelling & grammar” in the Proofing group.  Also located under "Review" are “Thesaurus” to help you come up with words with similar meanings, which could help you avoid repeating the same words in your writing, and you can also get to “Translate” from here.

Similar options also exist in MS PowerPoint and other MS Office products under “Review.”

A few words of caution! Please be aware that it is possible to choose the wrong words and spelling when relying solely on fast tools such as MS Office Spelling & Grammar check, so make sure you read the suggestions offered, and look them up if unsure.

Online Grammar Tools

Selected online grammar tools:

Select Grammar Resources @ KSL

Avoid Plagarism

Understand and Avoid Plagiarism

In the cut-and-paste environment of the digital society, it is essential to acknowledge the intellectual property (words, ideas) of others in one's work. This is generally done through standardized citation methods. The Kelvin Smith Library provides access to tools and resources that will help with this process. 

In addition to this guide, KSL keeps current copies of style guides, handbooks, and manuals on reserve at the Main Service Desk. Ask for these at the Main Service Desk.