Resources for Students

Your success in your Digital Writing & Research Lab course, and at the University of Texas at Austin, is important to us.

The resources on this page are intended to help you both during this course and throughout your university career.

Multimedia Resources

Students in DWRL classes are often asked to compose assignments that go beyond ‘just’ words on a page for this course. These tools can help you do that.

Creative Commons is your one-stop-shop for finding media that you can include in your own work.

Freesound is a collection of free-to-use audio that you could incorporate into a podcast, movie or website.

If you want to build a website, you’ll need to learn some HTML. Codecademy, HTML Dog and W3Schools offer good basic tutorials. is a free blogging and website-building tool with a pretty minimal learning curve and a lot of flexibility (this site is built using WordPress, but not the free version).

Other blogging sites include Blogger (Google) and Weebly. UT also offers a university blogging service built on WordPress.

As a UT student, you have access to the Lynda video tutorial service which will help you learn a variety of technical and creative skills. To sign in, click ‘Log in’ at the top right, then ‘sign in with your organization’ at the bottom of the screen. Use your UT EID credentials to login.

Academic Resources

These are links to academic resources which will assist you during this course, as well as throughout the rest of your college career.

The University Writing Center here at UT (located on the ground floor of PCL) is an individual consultation service to help you improve your writing. You can make an appointment to meet with a consultant about an assignment or find a handout about your issue.

Purdue’s Online Writing Lab, aka Purdue OWL, is an amazing and comprehensive set of resources for writing concerns.

The library home page is always a good starting point!

Library services for undergraduates include research advice, consultations with librarians, tutorials and more. There are also specialized services for graduate students.

You can also chat live with a librarian with quick questions! (EID login required.)

Over the course of your academic career, you are going to accrue a lot of data.

The UT Libraries have advice on citation software that’s available at UT to help you catalog your resources and build bibliographies.

For a very extensive set of tools and resources, check out CUNY’s Academic Commons page on data management.

Mind and Body Resources

You’ll want to stay healthy and happy during your time at the University of Texas! Here are some campus resources to help you do that.

The Counselling and Mental Health Center provides counselling, psychiatric, and consultation services to help you meet your academic and life goals and to enhance your well-being. You can meet with someone to discuss worries about drug use (yours or someone else’s), managing stress, or violence, among other things. Anything you do at or with CMHC is confidential.
The University Health Service offers routine and preventative health care to students. Basic office visits are generally only $10, so see a doctor if you need one!
A lot of students don’t get enough sleep, but it’s important to help your brain work at its best and keep you healthy. UHS maintains a list of the best napping places on campus if you need to catch a few minutes of rest to get through your day.

Getting some exercise – or just lounging by the pool with a book – are good for both mind and body. RecSports is the place to go for this.

Finally, be sun safe! And stay hydrated. It’s hot out there, y’all.

Campus Resources

The University of Texas is a big and confusing — but also exciting — place!

Gotta find your way to your next class? Here’s the master set of campus maps.
Know the name of the building you need to go to, but no idea where it is? Use the campus buildings index.
UT shuttles run around campus, to the Intramural Fields and to nearby areas where many students live. Check the maps and schedules to find out if the shuttles are useful to you.
Austin is a pretty bike-friendly town and many students bicycle around campus. BikeUT has maps, information about campus cycling rules, and bike registration.
If you’re on campus late, volunteers from SureWalk can walk you home safely. Two volunteers (one male and one female) will meet you and walk with you to your destination on or around campus. The service operates 10pm to 2am, 7 days a week during the fall, spring and summer semesters.
Headed further afield? CapMetro is Austin’s public transport service and has bus and train maps and schedules on its site.
Student Ombuds Services are a confidential service for dealing with concerns about student-professor conflict, grade disputes, university policies, and more.
Student Judicial Services deal with academic integrity, the UT Honor Code, and disciplinary matters at UT.
The UT Police Department offers information on reporting sexual assault, crime prevention and reporting, tips for safely navigating campus, and much more.
ITS – the Information Technology Service – can help you with Canvas, Blackboard, your UT email account, and some personal computer services like backups. They have a counter on the ground floor of FAC.
The main academic calendar lets you check semester and holiday dates, as well as important administrative dates like the add-drop deadline and registration periods.

Check the University Events Calendar for lectures, concerts, and more happening around campus.

The DWRL holds digital skills workshops and speaker events from time to time, and we’d love to see you at them!