Writing Resources

“I attribute part of my success in EPPS to good writing skills.”
— Bryce Merckling

A significant part of college coursework includes research and writing. From short essays to research papers and dissertations, a student's ability to effectively research and communicate in writing is a key factor in his or her success — in college and beyond.

UT Dallas provides a plethora of resources to assist students with general research and writing skills or a specific assignment:

Library Research Skills

The McDermott Library's Information Literacy program provides the University of Texas at Dallas' students, faculty, and staff with assistance in developing library research skills and competent information use. Both one-on-one and group assistance is available.

"How To" Tutorials

The McDermott Library provides helpful "how to" tutorials on a variety of writing topics such as how to prepare a literature review, how to avoid plagiarism, how to use the library catalog, and much more. There is also useful information listed by subject, such as criminology, economics, political science and sociology.

Writing Center

The Writing Center serves as a student-centered resource for the UT Dallas community. We offer one-on-one consultations at no charge, providing help at any stage of the writing process and with any kind of writing assignment or personal essay.

Plagiarism & Academic Dishonesty

To represent someone else's work as your own, when submitting a paper or other assignment, is considered plagiarism. This is a type of cheating that can result in severe penalties. The McDermott Library has assembled information on plagiarism that is worth every student reading: Plagiarism: What Every Student Should Know

Rhetoric 1302

RHET 1302 is required under most degree plans. The course presents an integrated approach to writing, reading and critical thinking by developing the grammatical, logical and rhetorical skills necessary for university writing.