Resources for Writers

Welcome to the resources page! Click on a link to utilize the resources the Comm+D has available. The following downloadable PDFs offer detailed information about general topics we often discuss in tutoring conferences. For specialized advice or help understanding these resources or their topics, please make an appointment with a TA or mentor in the Comm+D—we would love to chat in person!

Citing Sources
Purdue OWL APA Guide
Purdue OWL MLA Guide
Purdue OWL Chicago Style Guide
University of Pittsburgh IEEE Style Guide

Writing Tips by Project Type
Career and Graduate Applications
Critiques (Analytical Essays)
Lab Reports

Guidelines for Specific Rensselaer Courses
Software Design and Documentation
Laboratory Introduction to Embedded Control
Lab Report Suggested for Electrical Engineering
Electrical, Computer, & Systems Engineering Proposals
Electrical, Computer, & Systems Engineering Progress Reports
Electrical, Computer, & Systems Engineering Final Report

Multilingual Students
Article Usage (a, an, the)
Self Study for ELL Students
Intercultural Communication

Other Info
Gender Fair Language
Revising Prose
Thesis Sentences (Revisions needed)
Web Design Resources

Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Visual Design Resources

General Design

Poster Presentation

Presentation Design

Visit Us

The Comm+D is located on the lower level of the Folsom Library, next door to the ALAC tutoring space.

Folsom Library--Lower Level
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY 12180

Hours of Operation

Summer Hours
Mon.-Thurs.: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Please view our scheduling system for the most accurate hours—we are usually around more often than this and also host special events!

Schedule an Appointment

1. Click on the "LIMIT TO" drop-down menu at the top of the schedule. Choose the kind of appointment you need. GRADUATE STUDENTS, be sure to choose a “GRADUATE” appointment

2. Click on the open appointment you want (a WHITE space), which will bring you to a short form.

3. CAN’T FIND AN APPOINTMENT? Next to each weekday name, there is a small white CLOCK SYMBOL. Click on the clock to enter your name on the WAITING LIST for that day.

4. Set the TIME for the appointment: choose 30 minutes or make two back-to-back appointments for 1 hour. Make 1-hour appointments for Online or E-Tutoring.

5. Tell us about what you’re working on by filling out the form that opens in the scheduler and submit it. You’ll get a reminder email to confirm your appointment.