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Fast Facts

Fast Facts are a series of study skills pamphlets on a variety of issues related to academic success. They cover such general areas as plagiarism, study strategies and stress management. Visit our Fast Facts page to see the complete list of topics.

Academic Resources

The Global Communication Center (GCC) provides free communication consulting for the CMU community. Our trained communication tutors help CMU students, faculty, and staff convey their ideas logically, clearly, and effectively through one-on-one sessions and classroom workshops. Whether your project is written, verbal, or visual, our expert feedback will help you communicate more effectively.
The Intercultural Communication Center (ICC) provides support to help nonnative English speakers (NNES) improve the language and cultural skills needed to succeed in their academic programs; helps international teaching assistants (ITAs) and faculty develop the skills they need to provide effective instruction in the US; and to help both the university and departments identify and respond to the changing needs of nonnative English speakers and international students.

The Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) is Carnegie Mellon University’s centralized career services center providing a comprehensive range of services, programs and materials focusing on career exploration and decision making, professional development, experiential learning and employment assistance to meet today’s evolving workplace and student goals of finding satisfying work!

Graduate study at Carnegie Mellon is about more than just academics and research. It is also about creating a life in one of the most livable cities in the country.

In this community, CMU students are engaged architects of their own life experience. The University strives to provide an environment and opportunities that support this engagement. From day-to-day basics like housing, dining, and ID Cards, to athletic facilities and exercise classes, to museum and venue access through the Arts Pass Program group exercise classes, CMU works to take care of these necessary aspects of student life and also contribute to a student's experience and personal growth.

The Office of Disability Resources (ODR) strives to provide responsive, reasonable accommodations to help our students accomplish their best work. Director Catherine Getchell and the Disability Resources staff are passionate about providing vibrant and accessible resources on disability issues for all members of the CMU communityOur mission includes providing physical, digital and programmatic campus access to all events and information within the Carnegie Mellon community for students and visitors to our campus.
They work to ensure that qualified individuals receive reasonable accommodations as guaranteed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

You will find a continually growing and evolving library of training videos and tutorials covering a wide range of software, technologies and business topics at Lynda.com. Carnegie Mellon students, faculty and staff members can take advantage of fee-free 24/7 access to the entire library of training.

The Open Learning Initiative’s goal is to improve learning—whether you are a student at a college or university or learning on your own. Their courses provide you with targeted feedback and self-assessment tools so you’ll know where you’re excelling and where you need more work.

CaPS provides a safe, confidential environment for students to talk about personal and academic concerns. We also provide consultation services for faculty, staff, and family members.

Writing Resources

Nearly 36% of university undergraduate students admitted to plagiarizing written material in a survey from the Psychological Record. OnlineColleges.net has created a guide on avoiding plagiarism. This thorough, easy-to-read guide covers plagiarism and its consequences, and it explains how plagiarism could ruin academic careers.
The Online Writing and Communication Center at MIT offers resources for writers, speakers, and teachers. For strategies in writing introductions and conclusions, see Resources for Writers.
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material. These resources are provided as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.

Knightcite is a public service of the Hekman Library of Calvin College. It enables students to correctly utilize the MLA, APA, and Chicago citation formats in their research papers and other academic endeavors.