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Scholarly and Applied Writing for Graduate Students

Applied and scholarly writing resources for graduate students.

UNI Resources for Writing Literature Reviews

Rod Library

Rod Library offers a wide variety of services, including research and help from experienced librarians. 

Liaison librarians are a good resource for students who are writing literature reviews. Find the liaison librarian for your program on this list and contact them for assistance.

Rod Library has also created a helpful LibGuide for graduate students.


Graduate Writing Assistant

The Graduate Writing Assistant is available by appointment to help with theses, dissertations, literature reviews, course papers, and writing samples. All appointments will be held in person in The Learning Center @ Rod Library or electronically via Zoom. Appointments can be scheduled to cover:

  • Brainstorming and planning the writing process
  • Outlining and drafting assignments
  • Conducting and organizing research
  • Editing written work
  • Formatting according to style manuals and/or Graduate College standards
  • Polishing writing samples for submission

Schedule an appointment here! All questions can be directed to

Other Resources for Writing Literature Reviews


All of the resources below can be found on PDeducation. To access these resources, click the links and log in to the site ( Your login information will be your UNI email address and the password #123UNI#.

"Doing a Literature Review: How to Approach It" (webinar with slides and exercises)

"The Review of Literature in Five Easy Steps"

"Masters Don't Just Read for Content"

"Masters Writing a Plan for Literature Review: Avoid Wasting Necessary Time"

"Using Reference Software to Organize Your Writing"

"Are You Ready to Write Your Literature Review?"

"All About the Lit Review for ABDs and Research Masters"

"Research and Academic Writing for Masters Students"

"The Literature Review"


Google Scholar

Google Scholar can be a useful research tool.

Review the following guides to help target your Google Scholar searches:

Google Scholar: The Basics

The Finer Points of Google Scholar