A wide range of writing guides on almost any subject or genre, concerning every stage of the writing process, are available at:
- the University of Michigan’s Sweetland Center for Writing
- the George Mason University Writing Center
- the Writing Studio at Vanderbilt University
- the Purdue University Online Writing Lab
- the Writing Center at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
Explore these sites, dig deeply, and experiment to determine what works best for you...
What Right Looks Like
Yale's Model Papers from the Disciplines, Harvard Writes, and the University of Michigan’s Corpus of Upper-Level Student Papers collect exemplary student writing from dozens of disciplines across the sciences, humanities, and engineering. Ask your own professors as well for recommendations about papers or writing that they value!
Consider also visiting sites we recommend to faculty; they’ve got useful stuff for students, too. (For a particularly valuable ‘insider perspective,’ poke around the Baruch College Writing Center's “Writers Teaching Writers” blog.)
Advice Of, By, and For Cadets
Take a look at what Cadet Writing Fellows who know what you’re going through have to say. After all, they’ve got firsthand knowledge of what it takes to write effectively at West Point:
Argumentation Trees PDF: Having issues with organization and analysis? This guide tells you how to break down, build up, and structure sophisticated arguments across the disciplines.
Beat the Research Paper PDF: About to start a major research project or multi-source essay? Learn how to define a focused, compelling research question and go from there. Consider consulting with a librarian specialist, too!
Confronting Giants PDF: Struggling to gain confidence as writer or to use sources effectively? This guide outlines strategies for developing your own voice by incorporating sources in your writing.
Handrailing PDF: Want to increase the sophistication of your writing style? Here are some tips on developing that through reading more effectively; it’s especially helpful for students who have English as a second language.
No More Netflix PDF: Procrastinate much? Discover ways here to get started on time and keep at it all the way to the end.
Trouble with Chicago Style PDF: Working on a paper in Chicago Style? Maybe something for History or SOSH? Quick primers here help you in the short term; other advice preps you for the long run.
Windtunneling PDF: Looking to develop a thesis? This guide describes a tried-and-true method for sparking and shaping your best ideas.
Write Like You Mean It PDF: By and large, the classic ‘five paragraph essay’ you learned in high school won't cut it in college. Read here to learn why and find out what college faculty really expect.
Art of the Lab Report PDF: Wondering about what’s important when writing a lab report for courses like chemistry, physics, and biology? Discover a few things to watch out for, and how to do it right.
Other USMA Resources
Here are some other resources on post that you might consider:
The Library: Sounds obvious, but you probably don’t take advantage of all the ways Jefferson Hall can inform your writing process. For instance, did you know you can schedule individual research consultations with trained experts?
SLAM PDF: Working on a lab report? Check out guidance from “Chapter 4: Laboratory Reports” in the SLAM!