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Writing Assistance & Baker Writers

It might have been a while since you wrote your last a college paper, or maybe you have never written one. Use the resources here to help you write an effective academic essay.


A Writer’s Reference by Diana Hacker & Nancy Sommers is an excellent writing resource. Keep it handy throughout your program for answers to writing questions.

The Purdue University Online Writing Laboratory (OWL) is another superb source for writing assistance.

Handy Links

Purdue University Online Writing Laboratory (OWL)

An MLA formatting and style guide, this resource is updated to reflect theMLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.) and the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd ed.). It offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes and footnotes, and the works cited page.

Noodletools (Citations)

This website offers assistance with citations. Using the information collected from the source, the site will format the information according to the MLA format rules.

Son of Citation Machine (Citations)

Citation Machine is an interactive Web tool that assists you in your effort to respect other people’s intellectual properties.

Guide to Grammar and Writing

Using this online aid for correct grammar and punctuation use, you can take quizzes (without penalty!) to ascertain your level of comfort with subjects such as sentence-level grammar and dangling modifiers. This link also provides exercises for those of us who are “grammatically challenged” to access more information online about grammar and punctuation use.

SPGS Writing Across the Curriculum Rubric

Many instructors use rubrics to communicate their expectations and feedback for assignments. Baker’s writing across the curriculum rubric gives students an idea of what student writing should look like at SPGS.

pdfRubric for Grading Papers

Baker Writers | Individual Writing Assistance

Baker Writers is a writing-development resource available to all undergraduate students at Baker’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies. Students are encouraged to use the service to ask specific writing questions and to request feedback on an assigned essay.


Molly Smith
Faculty Lead – Baker Writers

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