Writing and Design laB


The WDL’s guide to free and useful tools for student writers.

WDL Guide to Brainstorming
WDL Guide to Crafting Introductions
Purdue Owl

Writing advice of all kinds, including help with formatting in APA, MLA and Chicago styles.

The Slot

Copy editing and style advice from a professional.

Guide to Grammar and Style

Jack Lynch’s extensive guide to both usage and style. Includes advice on avoiding clich├ęs and dealing with the bad advice given by software grammar checkers.

Dartmouth Institute for Writing and Rhetoric

Materials focused on first year writing that give assistance on developing paper topics and conducting research.

The Writer’s Handbook

Extensive writing advice from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, including topics such as writing resumes and cover letters.

WDL Guide to Document Design

Our guide to creating documents that are easy to navigate and read.

Google Fonts

Thousands of free fonts available for download and use. All the fonts the WDL uses are open source fonts from Google Fonts.

Google Fonts Typography Project

A gallery of interesting font combinations based on fonts from Google Fonts.


A free online tool that will help create diagrams and flowcharts and add access to your documents.


Compare fonts at multiple sizes and weights from both Google Fonts and Typekit.


A cross-platform office package available for free. Opens MS Word files and has the ability to create PDFs.


WDL Guide to Recording with Audacity

Our guide to recording and editing audio with the free cross-platform tool Audacity.

Free Media


Millions of audio, video and image files available completely free of charge.

Flickr’s Creative Commons

Thousands of free photos issued by Flickr users under a Creative Commons license.


A collection of free high resolution photos available to manipulate and include in any project.

Sound Bible

Completely free sound effects for use in your projects.

Free Software


A free cross-platform image manipulation tool that can easily crop or edit photos.


Web-based image editor that can be used from any PC or tablet.


The WDL’s preferred free audio editor. Available on Mac, PC or Linux.