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Writing Centre Online Resource Guide


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Broken link iconNote to users: Please be advised that after May 17th you may encounter some broken links on our Research Guides. These have occurred due to a library system migration, and we are working hard to repair these links quickly. In most cases, broken links will be links to books in Novanet. If you find a broken link, we recommend you copy the book title and paste it into the library search bar. If you are unable to access the book or have any other questions, please contact your Subject Librarian (contact info on this guide).

Today at the Writing Centre


The Writing Centre is open for online appointments as usual. This is a great opportunity to get a head start on papers and assignments. Make an appointment today by emailing us at!

The Writing Centre is open for both in-person and online appointments

The Writing Centre is open for both in-person and online appointments with student writers. To request an appointment, please fill out the form below and send it to

Drop-In Sessions at the Writing Centre

Weekly Wednesday (Synchronous) Workshops

The Writing Centre’s Weekly Wednesday Workshops are a series of synchronous sessions on a variety of important topics in academic writing. The sessions are led by experienced Writing Centre staff members and are held every Wednesday from 2-3 PM until the end of term. The sessions are free to join, and no pre-registration is required. 

Schedule of Topics TBA

About this Guide

As a university student, you are required to write in many different forms for a variety of audiences. The most common types of writing are academic assignments, such as essays, research papers, and business or lab reports. These assignments are usually rather formal, demanding good reading and academic writing skills. They require you to research a topic and then develop a thesis (a perspective, a point of view), which is backed up with evidence from peer-reviewed resources or primary sources (e.g. a novel). In addition, there are less academic items to write, such as emails to your professors and graduate school or job applications. Each of these types of writing follows specific conventions and demands a range of writing skills.

This guide will help you with all the types of writing you need to do at university.

Everybody Writes

Whether you are an incoming first year student, a PhD candidate, a Professor, or a professional employee, everybody writes.  The following videos explore how various people approach writing and how they overcome the challenges that we all face.