The Graduate Student Center is provided to you by the Title V PPOHA Graduate Grant, Award #P031M190053. The purpose of the Graduate Student Center is to provide graduate students an active learning, equipped space to study, collaborate, and access resources. The center provides both small group and one-on-one assistance with research methodology and statistical analysis. GRC support Financial Aid in delivering financial literacy. All services are available online and on-campus.
GRC space is located within SJBM Library. Remember to reserve your space with SJBSM Library Staff.

Request an appointment:
Director Graduate Resource Center
Linda R. Pérez Laras, DrPH, MSc, MS, MPA
787-743-3038 ext 201

Graduate resources for

Writing Resources

Online videos on tips on better writing

Improve your academic writing

Improve your Writing: Show, Not Tell

Five tips to improve your writing


Explorations of Style: A Blog About Academic Writing. Professor Rachael Cayley, from the University of Toronto works in the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication.

Paraphrase and Summary. The Founding College of the University of Toronto website describe the uses when to paraphrase and when to summarize.

Quoting and Paraphrasing.  University of Wisconsin-Madison: The Writing Center on the proper ways paraphrasing and when it may be considered plagiarism.

Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism. Yale University. The website describes the definition plagiarism, when to cite, fair paraphrase, common knowledge, high risk situations.

English Language learner

Free English Video Lessons for Grammar. Free videos on English grammar.

50 Essential Resources for ESL Students. This website offers a variety of resources to help the non-native English-speaking student navigate academic writing.

Duolingo is a free online language-learning platform.

Citing Sources

APA Format

Chicago Format

MLA Format

Citation Manager





Dictionaries, Thesauri, Grammar usage


Common Writing Errors.

Fix Your English Grammar Mistakes: Talking about People

The 20 Most Common Grammar and Mechanical Errors.


Cambridge Dictionary of American English (intermediate to upper-intermediate)

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary (upper-intermediate to advanced)

MacMillan Dictionary and Thesaurus

Merriam Webster Online

Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary

The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

Visual Dictionaries

Merriam-Webster visual dictionary


The Visual Dictionary

Additional dictionaries


WordNet. WordNet® is a large lexical database of English. Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are grouped into sets of cognitive synonyms (synsets), each expressing a distinct concept.

Rhyme zone. Find rhymes, synonyms, adjectives, and more!

Languages Other Than English

WordReference. The dictionaries include multiple synonyms, words used in sentences, and compound forms.

Online programs that can identify grammar errors

Check my Words Toolbar. A free on PCs with Microsoft Word and running the Grammar Checker will highlight potential common errors.

Grammarly. This is an online website that can help a writer with common grammar mistakes. It has a free component as well as a version that can be purchased monthly, bi-annually, or annually. It helps you to eliminate errors (punctuation, spelling, and grammatical) and enhance clarity and meaning (vocabulary usage and sentence structure) wherever you are writing; Word, Facebook, Gmail, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Tumblr.

SpellCheckPlus. This site checks text for spelling and grammatical errors. The free version checks only 250 words and contains ads. A one-year subscription without ads and no limit on text length, along with other features, runs around $13.

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