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School of Professional and Graduate Studies

Writing Assistance

Use these resources to write an effective academic essay.

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School of Professional & Graduate Studies

Writing Assistance for SPGS Students

It might have been a while since you wrote your last college paper, or maybe you have never written one.

Use the resources here to help you write an effective academic essay.

Pearson Writer

This resource is available to all students who pay the Baker 360 educational resource fee. Students enrolled in the MSSM program are exempt.


  • 24/7 writing and research support
  • Writer’s guide for grammar, research, and writing support
  • Instant feedback using the proofreading software
  • Works-cited generator
  • Microsoft Word add-in for streamlining your workspace
  • Writing app for iOS and Android
  • Imports from and saves to Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive

Questions? Get more details and the link to register.

If you do not have a Pearson Writer Account, use this code to create one: PWIA48-DRILL-OLDEN-CLOUD-DOLBY-FAKES.

Smarthinking Online Tutoring

Every student has two free hours of tutoring per parent term.

  • Get live writing assistance with a one-on-one tutor.
  • Smarthinking is available for ANY subject.
  • Your link to Smarthinking is located in your Moodle shell.

Online Tutoring

Handy Links

Purdue University Online Writing Laboratory (OWL)

An MLA formatting and style guide, this resource is updated to reflect the MLA 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.

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.

Rubric for Grading Papers