MSU Extension: Becoming a Better Writer

The goal of this course is to provide you with the information, tools, and strategies needed to be able to monitor your own practice of writing.

Preparing to Submit Your Educational Project to an Editor

The MSU Extension Educational Materials Team has created this course to enable you to effectively prepare your educational project for submission to an editor. It contains interactive scenarios and activities that should help you through the writing and submission process.

MSU Extension Article Writing Toolkit D2L Course

This self-paced course reviews and elaborates upon the content contained in the MSU Extension Article Writing Toolkit.


Internal Review - Overview

As an academic institution, the public relies on us for high-quality, evidence-based educational materials. Our articles must be accurate, up-to-date, appropriately attributing evidence-based sources, and contextually appropriate for Michigan communities. Our internal review process helps us ensure these quality standards.

In addition, internal review improves readability, so educational materials are written in a way that allows the public to digest the information and incorporate it in their own families, farms, businesses and communities.

Internal Review - Process for CYI

CYI uses the following checklist for internal review.


Internal Review - Process for AABI, CFEI,  HNI

Internal Review

As of March 2024, the internal review process has been simplified to use only one internal review form. The steps are below and represented in the above graphic.

  1. Author completes header and, if it is an MSUE article, the appropriate questions on page. 1.
  2. Author completes questions on page 2.
  3. Author sends form and written work to reviewer(s).
  4. Reviewers fill out all parts of form then returns form/written work to author.
  5. Author makes changes and completes “Comments” section.
  6. Author submits article to MSUE.News@msu.edu for final edits and publishing online.*

*HNI staff should also copy their institute leadership (ID and AID) on this email to MSUE.News@msu.edu, and attach both the final draft and the draft from the reviewer with track changes.



Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network. Users can manage and organize their references, create and share annotations, collaborate with other users, and discover new content in their areas of interest. You will want to download the desktop version and the Word plug-in, which allows you to add references you have added. The MSU Library Research Guide on Mendeley provides an overview and installation information. The video below highlights what it can do.