How You Learn

44 Ways to Write

INK: Academic Essentials for First Year


Annotated Bibliography

Creating Better Flow

Critical Reading

Ethos: The Writer's Voice

Outlines: Organize Your Ideas

(Peer) Editing Tools

Success at Assignments

Thesis Statements: An Introduction

Time Management

Writing Art Reviews


During 2015-16, the WLC undertook a review of current ELL supports at OCAD University and conducted a needs assessment with students, faculty and staff. The findings of these activities, in conjunction with a review of best practices in post-secondary language support informed the development of a series of recommendations. These outline a vision for fostering a learning environment that respects diverse ways of knowing and providing support and resources that serve the diverse needs of OCAD U's undergraduate language learners throughout their time at university.

Summary of ELL Report and Recommendations

Summary of ELL Report and Recommendations (printer friendly)

Full ELL Report and Recommendations


Dorothy H. Hoover Library @ OCAD U

2009 MLA Style Guide (from Purdue University)

Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design Writing Centre (ECIAD)

  • Handouts specifically for art and design students, including on writing artists’ statements and gallery reviews
  • Handouts on general academic writing concerns, with examples taken from art and design topics

Purdue University's On-line Writing Lab (OWL)

  • Extensive collection of clear, concise handouts on both grammar and general writing concerns

Writing at the University of Toronto (U of T)

  • Good orientation to the goals and expectations of writing at university, including handouts on interpreting assignments, critical reading, and taking notes from research reading
  • Excellent handouts from University College on quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing

The Writing Centre, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)

  • Excellent handouts on introductions and conclusions, revising, proofreading, and essay structure

Resources for Writers at Indiana University

  • Good handouts on developing outlines and thesis statements

The Writing Centre at Colorado State University

  • Includes very comprehensive “writing guides” with detailed advice on every aspect of the writing process and critical thinking
  • Covers topics not often addressed by writing centres, such as writing about empirical research, or using graphics in written assignments

Dartmouth College Institute for Writing & Rhetoric

  • Includes specialized handouts on writing in specific disciplines