By Bianca Chan

Having trouble writing that essay? Don’t know where to start? How do you even write a thesis statement and what in the world is Chicago Style? If you’re asking yourself any of these questions, or have other concerns about writing in university, Carleton offers several online and in-person writing services that can help you ace that next essay.

Writing in university can be tricky, especially if you’re an online student who may not be able to visit the library or see your professor in person very easily. Fear not! For those CUOL students, we’ve got a list of online resources that will surely help you with that upcoming assignment.

MacOdrum Library

Citing Your Sources

This guide includes all of the major academic citation styles your professor or department prefers (if you don’t know what style to use, ask your professor!). All of these can be found online and the official style manuals are available at the Research Help Desk and Writing Services at the library, if you’re in the area.

Carleton University Research Experts by Field

Search for your specific field to find suitable and appropriate databases to conduct your research.

Departmental Resources

Many academic departments have writing guides on their websites.  Below are a couple of examples:

  1. Carleton’s Department of History: Notes on Writing a History Essay

This guide includes tips and notes on how to write a history essay, including guidelines on how to plan out the essay and specific citation style tips.

  1. Carleton’s Department of Economics Writing Resources

This page includes some guidelines to academic essay writing for economics (but can be useful for all students!), basic manual of style, what makes an outstanding university-level essay, and advice about plagiarizing and paraphrasing.

Writing Services (Centre for Student Academic Support)

Writing Services offers free support to all students (all departments and levels of study) to help make your writing more academic, more coherent, more comprehensive and more concise.  They offer both in-person and online support.

All in-person appointments are drop-in and are available on the 4th floor of MacOdrum Library. The support tutors can:

  • Help you figure out what you want to say and how to say it;
  • Give you the tools to express your ideas clearly;
  • Help you improve critical thinking skills;
  • Work with structuring and organizing your writing;
  • Help with introductions and conclusions;
  • Develop an argument;
  • Give you tips on citation and bibliographic format;
  • Teach you how to better proofread and edit your paper.

Writing Services conducts online appointments via BigBlueButton, using an online forum. Students can upload documents to a virtual meeting room and tutors can comment and mark areas for revision. Simultaneously, students can chat by text or voice with their tutors.

Visit the Writing Services website to set up your online appointment.

2 thoughts on “Writing services at Carleton”

  1. Tamara says:

    Hi I would like to make an apt for help on my essay but I am unable to book an apt. When I try to open the page it says ”
    Page not found”

    1. mariabrocklehurst says:

      Hello, Tamara,

      Thanks for pointing this out – since the story was written there was a change to the website at Writing Services and the URL is now out of date. The new link to writing services is Online support is available at

      Maria, CUOL

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