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Helpful Readings For Tutors

The more you tutor, the more you will have answers and troubleshooting solutions at your mental fingertips. However, just as writing is a learning process, so too is tutoring. The following is a compilation of incredibly helpful resources available in the Writing Center library and easily accessible (and highly useful!) online resources.

Essential Tutoring Resources 





Rules for Writers

Diana Hacker

On tables

All-purpose guide to access for all parts of writing, from grammar and style, to format and structure. Quick reference tool for common ELL problems.

A Guide to MLA Style: 2016 Update


On tables & handouts

Quick reference guide to up-to-date MLA citation styles, paper formatting, and a full sample paper.

Grammar Troublespots

Ann Raimes

WC Library

Explanations, easy breakdowns, and reproducible exercise pages of common ELL grammar issues.

The Little Seagull Handbook

Richard Bullock

WC Library

Guidebook on types of writing assignments, formats for the different writing projects, etc.

A Student Handbook for Writing in Biology

Karin Knisely

WC Library

Guidebook with examples for various biology/science writing concepts and structures.

Grammar Girl’s Quick & Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Mignon Fogarty

WC Library

Easily accessible tips for improving writing.

Grammar Girl’s 101 Misused Words You’ll Never Confuse Again

Mignon Fogarty

WC Library

Short, witty definitions with examples of commonly confused words.

Purdue OWL


Most up-to-date, extensive resource on citation styles, formats, and related writing questions.


Grammar Girl’s quick access, searchable website.


The Norton Field Guide’s online resources for handouts and exercises on writing and research


Additional ELL Tools (for tutor and student)


English Grammar in Use

Raymond Murphy

Advanced English Grammar in Use

Raymond Murphy

English Collocations in Use

Michael McCarthy & Felicity O’Dell

English Verbal Phrases in Use

Michael McCarthy & Felicity O’Dell

English Idioms in Use

Michael McCarthy & Felicity O’Dell

Understanding & Using

English Grammar Workbook

Betty Azar, et al.

Longman Academic Reading Series 5

Lorraine Smith

Longman Academic Writing Series 5

Lorraine Smith


Additional Interesting Tutoring Reads

Errors & Expectations

Mina Shaughnessy

The Norton Field Guide to Writing

Richard Bullock

A Guide to Teaching the Norton Field Guide

Richard Bullock

The Bedford Guide for Writing Tutors

Leigh Ryan & Lisa Zimmerelli

The St. Martin’s Sourcebook for Writing Tutors

Christina Murphy & Steve Sherwood

ESL Writers: A Guide for Writing Center Tutors

Shanti Bruce & Ben Rafoth

The Elements of Style

William Strunk & E.B. White

Woe is I

Patricia T. O’Conner