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Student Resources

Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/

Purdue’s Online Writing Lab offers excellent, up to date resources on a range of writing concerns, from research and citation to sentence style and writing in specific disciplines. 

The University of Richmond’s Writer’s Web: http://writing.richmond.edu/writer/index.html

The Writer’s Web provides an easy to use guide to the entire writing process with advice on getting started, focusing your ideas, documenting sources, and editing for style, clarity, and grammar.

Emory University’s list of writing resources: http://writingcenter.emory.edu/resources/index.html

This site contains ideas about writing introductions and conclusions, crafting thesis statements, handling transitions, and using quotations.

Paradigm Online Writing Assistant: http://www.powa.org/

This site is another general guide to writing college essays.

Grammar and Mechanics

Purdue University Online Writing Lab’s General Writing Resources: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/.

This section of the Purdue OWL offers easy to understand explanations of grammatical concepts and practice exercises.

Capital Community College’s Guide to Grammar and Writing: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/

This site allows you to search a database of interactive explanations and exercises for common grammatical and structural problems.

Grammar NOW!: http://www.grammarnow.com/

Grammar NOW! is a free site where you can submit questions about grammar or look up specific explanations or examples.

Documentation and Research

The Modern Language Association web site: http://www.mla.org/

This is the official site for MLA style and documentation. At the home page, look for the “MLA Style” link to go to a page of frequently asked questions about formating and documenting sources.

The American Psychological Association Online: http://www.apastyle.org/elecref.html

This is the official site for APA style and documentation. It offers the latest information on citing electronic sources.

The Chicago Manual of Style: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/

Chicago documentation style is most often used for footnoting. This page has a listing of frequently asked questions, and under the “Tools” link, there are examples that show how to document most sources in Chicago style.

Bedford/St. Martin’s Guide to Research and Documentation Online: http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/

This site gives some advice on documenting those tricky Internet sources. It covers MLA, APA, Chicago (footnoting), and CBE styles of documentation.

Purdue University also offers a general guide to writing research papers, with advice for doing research on the internet, evaluating sources, paraphrasing, and writing an annotated bibliography — in MLA, APA, or Chicago Documentation Styles: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/

Writing In the Disciplines

From The Writing Center, Inc, a guide to business and technical writing (writing proposals, professional email, etc.)

The University of North Carolina’s writing center explains the characteristics of scientific writing and includes some practical advice on style, use of objective language, and logic: http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/sciences/

Dartmouth College offers some advice on writing in the sciences for non-majors. http://www.dartmouth.edu/~compose/student/sciences/write.html