Academic Writing | Dominican University College



Academic Writing

Academic writing is a critical undertaking in your university journey that requires solid planning as well as a strong grasp of techniques and processes that are unique to the many academic document types that exist. This "lunch and learn" workshop will present various tools that will help you understand and include the important elements into an academic paper, specifically the thesis document, and avoid common pitfalls. This page will also provide you with some useful tools and resources to guide you in improving your writing skills. Check them out!


Workshops Dates for the 2018-2019 Academic Year

General Academic Writing  

  • Dates to be confirmed

Thesis Writing

  • Dates to be confirmed


General Academic Writing Tools

There are a plethora of thematic dictionaries available to find the right word or phrase, from the classic language to synonym-antonym dictionaries, to dictionaries of uses, and sequencing of tenses and expressions. There are also a number of spelling and grammar editing digital applications.



Larousse (french definitions, synonyms, translations, encyclopedia)

Cambridge (definitions, grammar, translations)

Purdue OWL (general writing, grammar, verbs, and sequence of tenses)


Grammar and Spell Correctors

Antidote 8 (corrector, dictionary, various language and writing guides) - accessible at the library

Cordial (correcteur, dictionnaire, règles de grammaire) - basic application in French only

Grammarly (English corrector) - requires a Google Chrome account, enhanced functionalities available with subscription

Using sentence connectors correctly in academic writing 


Writing Guides

Banque de dépannage linguistique - Office de la langue française (French only)

Education First (grammar guide)

Bibliothèque virtuelle (high school level, general reference website) - good basic information for French and English writing


Thesis Writing Tools

Brief guide to writing a philosophy paper (Harvard College) 

Writing using the MLA style (Purdue Online Writing Lab) - an excellent up to date resource to help with formatting and citation management


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