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
Cover Letters
Critical Analysis Essays
Graduate Essays
Lab Reports

Topics: Articles (a/an/the)
Articles: Can You Count It?
Articles: Choosing Appropriately
Articles: Is It Definite?
Articles: Which One Do I Use?
Articles Worksheet
Which Article Do I Use? Flowchart

Topics: Clarity
Lesson 1: What is Clarity Anyway?
Lesson 2: Revising for Clarity
Lesson 3: Active and Passive Voice

Guidelines for Specific Rensselaer Courses
ECSE Proposals
ECSE Progress Report
ECSE Final Report
LITEC Lab Hints
Electrical Lab Report
Software Design and Documentation

Multilingual Students
Intercultural Communication
Self Study for ELL Students

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

Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Visual Design Resources

Visual Design Resources PDF

Visual Design Resources Poster Notes PDF

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

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” project from the list.

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

3. Set the TIME for the appointment: choose 30 minutes or 1 hour. Make 1-hour appointments for Online or E-Tutoring.

4. 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.

5. CAN’T FIND AN APPOINTMENT? Below each day's schedule there is a "WAITING LIST" link. Click to enter your name on the WAITING LIST for that day.