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Fermat's Library

Pierre de Fermat was a French lawyer and mathematician who may be thanked for major developments in geometry and calculus. He also wrote his last theorem in the margins of a paper. In the spirit of all the rich things scribbled in margins (paper and digital), Fermat's Library is a space where "professional scientists, academics and citizen scientists" can annotate one another's academic papers,...
Harvard College Writing Center: Strategies for Essay Writing

Originally featured in the 2-12-2016 Scout Report, students, as well as teachers, may find this resource helpful in preparing for the new school year. The Harvard College Writing Center has compiled this detailed collection on the basic elements of the scholarly essay. Advanced high school students and lower-division undergraduates might benefit the most from the resources assembled here, which...

Originally launched as a Twitter account (@OpenAcademics) and since expanded to a website, OpenAcademics has always created community online. But, as the platform notes, it "is more than just a community, it is a family." This family includes multidisciplinary academics who share the same pillars of "respect, diversity, inclusion, equity, and kindness." Academics and professionals who are formally...
Purdue University's Online Writing Lab

Around this time of the year, college students may find themselves staring blankly into a screen as they face any number of daunting writing assignments. Fortunately, there are two fine online resources that may aid them in this process. The first is offered by the Princeton Writing Center, and it contains a number of helpful essays on how to find and develop a paper topic, dealing with writing...
The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools

How have digital tools impacted the way student writing is taught in schools? It's a question that has animated the folks at the Pew Internet & American Life Project and it is the subject of this timely paper by Kristen Purcell, Judy Buchanan, and Linda Friedrich. These researchers interviewed 2,462 Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers to talk about how everything from social...
University of Illinois: The Center for Writing Studies

The Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign promotes graduate study in the areas of written composition, language, literacy, and rhetoric. Comprised of faculty and graduate students from several departments within the university, the Center is a helpful resource for UIUC students and staff as well as the anyone interested in perfecting and honing their writing...
Writing Center: Vassar College

Even if you can't make it to Poughkeepsie, you can still benefit from the resources offered by the writing center at Vassar College. On its site, visitors can learn how to become a more creative writer, compose a thesis, and also look over formal academic courses of study. In the Resources for Writers section, visitors will find writing guides, odes to the importance of good sentence structure,...