The Writing and Communication Centre is focused on providing students with useful feedback and strategies for their research and writing projects; we are also focused on all aspects of the communication process, including professional communication documents like emails and memos, as well as documents designed for the web, such as ePortfolios and blogs. We are in the process of refreshing and developing resources to help you with your communication needs. Feel free to view and print the resources we currently have available.
Writing and Communication Centre Resources
Our resources cover a range of topics related to writing and communication across various disciplines, audiences, and situations. We have divided them into the following categories:
Genres and modes of communication
Starting your assignment
Develop and narrow a topic
- Develop a research question
- Two ways to create an outline: graphic and linear
- Gerunds and infinitives
Polishing your work
Writeonline.ca is a useful resource for students writing a variety of documents: lab reports, reflections, case studies, and literature reviews. For each type of writing, you can find information about structure and content, as well as models to help guide your drafting process. WriteOnline.ca is a collaboration between University of Waterloo, University of Guelph, and Wilfrid Laurier University. WriteOnline.ca is funded through the Council of Ontario Universities (COU).
Waterloo Writing Works
Waterloo Writing Works was developed by Professor Jay Dolmage for WatPD 11, a course for co-op students at UWaterloo. Its interactive content was designed specifically for students writing technical reports, but it is useful for students writing in other contexts, as well.
The free online Assignment Planner allows you to put in the start date and end date of your assignment deadline, provides you with steps to follow, and tells you how much time you should spend on each step. The planner gives detailed, guided directions to help you complete your assignment successfully and on time. Give it a try for Annotated Bibliographies, Lab Reports, Research Essays, and STEM Poster Presentations. Developed by a partnership from the University of Waterloo AccessAbility Services, the Library, Student Success Office and the Writing and Communication Centre.
We hope that the resources above will provide you with the information you need. If you would like to take a look at some of the resources offered by other institutions, we have provided a list of external links that should help.