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Writing Resources

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Just like research, writing is an important aspect of graduate studies and your coursework. Review the tabs above to access information about Grammarly, the Writing Lab, writing templates from APA Academic Writer, business writing, and eBooks about writing from the Rasmussen University Library. Scroll down to watch video tutorials for an overview of the writing process.


Grammarly is an automated software that checks grammar, mechanics, spelling, usage and even plagiarism issues. Create an account using your Rasmussen email and password to get started.

When you submit your work to Grammarly, ensure that you are making appropriate selections in the Goals menu accessible through the Correct with Assistant feature in the upper right hand corner of the application. You can also modify your account settings by clicking the box in the lower left corner to show Set Goals when you start a new document.

set goals screen in Grammarly with selections for audience, formality, domain, tone, intent

Write a terrible first draft.

The beauty of first drafts is that, by definition, they're supposed to be a bit ugly. Scholarly writing, just like good writing in general, is an iterative process. Make a plan, get the words out, and start revising from there. 

Consider using templates in the Writing Center in Academic Writer to write your paper.

Choosing Write from main menu of APA Academic Writer

Depending on your assignment, you can select from templates like: basic paper, literature review paper, case study paper, meta-analysis paper, methodological paper, and more. Learn more about APA Academic Writer.

APA Academic Writer tempate options. Details in text above the image.

Writing Tutorials

Basics of APA Style

Learn the basics of APA Style, including how to format a manuscript, understand the form and function of common manuscript parts, organize and express your thoughts clearly and precisely, employ the mechanics of style, use graphic elements effectively, credit sources and acknowledge the contributions of others, and construct a comprehensive and reliable reference list.

Academic Writer

© 2020 American Psychological Association.

Ethical Standards in Research and Writing

Learn how to comply with ethical and legal principles in both research and writing, including about the principles designed to achieve the goals of ensuring the accuracy of scientific knowledge, protecting rights and welfare of research participants, and protecting intellectual property rights.

Academic Writer

© 2020 American Psychological Association.

How to Avoid Plagiarism and Self-Plagiarism

Learn how to avoid plagiarism and self-plagiarism, including how to identify plagiarism, understand its risks and consequences, cite sources properly, and develop sound writing practices.

Academic Writer

© 2020 American Psychological Association.

How to Reduce Bias in Language: Writing About Individuals With Respect and Objectivity

Learn how to describe all individuals and groups in a fair and unbiased way by describing at the appropriate level of specificity, being sensitive to labels, and acknowledging participation, including preferred use of language in the areas of gender, sexual orientation, racial and ethnic identity, disabilities, and age.

Academic Writer

© 2020 American Psychological Association.

How to Title Your Work

Learn how to title your work, including how to formulate a strong title that will be accurate, memorable, and findable; what to include and leave out of a title; and how to format the title.

Academic Writer

© 2020 American Psychological Association.