Writing Guides

About the Writing Guides

These guides are the result of a joint effort of the WAC Clearinghouse, the Writing@CSU project, and the Colorado State University Writing Center. Development of these guides began in 1993, when the original Online Writing Center was developed for campus use at Colorado State University. Several guides were developed in Asymmetrix Multimedia Toolbook and then migrated to the Web in 1996. Over the years, additional guides were developed and revised, reflecting the efforts of many writers and writing teachers. We thank them for their generosity. You can learn who developed a particular guide by clicking on the "contributors" link in that guide.

In 2012, the guides were moved into a content management system developed for the Writing@CSU site. Members of the staff in the Colorado State University Writing Center were among the group that migrated the guides to the new system. We are particularly grateful to Carrie Lamanna, Patricia Lincoln, Aubrey Johnson, Christina Shane, Jennifer Lawson, Karen Buntinas, and Ellen Palmquist for their efforts in migrating, editing, and updating the guides.

In 2018, these guides were made available on the WAC Clearinghouse as part of its redesign and expansion.

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Writing and Speaking

Composing Processes: Planning and Organizing

Composing Processes: Drafting, Designing, and Revising

Common Assignments in Composition & Writing Courses

Writing Arguments

Writing for the Web

Making Speeches & Presentations


Research Writing & Documentation

Collecting Information

Working with Sources

Documenting Sources

Writing in Specific Disciplines

Writing about Literature

Writing in Business

Writing in Engineering

Writing in the Sciences

Writing in Your Career

Conducting Qualitative & Quantitative Research

General Research Issues

Qualitative Research Methods

Quantitative Research Methods

Scholarly Publishing