• Resources

    Plagiarism

    How to Avoid Plagiarism – University of Maryland University College

    A comprehensive tutorial on how to avoid plagiarism; how to quote, paraphrase, and summarize; and how to source, introduce, cite, and reference materials.

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    Procrastination—Avoid It!

    The University of Minnesota Assignment Calculator

    This is a must-use tool for students who tend to procrastinate. The Assignment Calculator helps students break up a writing assignment into steps and schedule deadlines for each step. Students are also provided with helpful links to online resources at each step of the writing process.

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    All-Purpose University Writing Guides

    Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL)

    Purdue’s OWL is the most extensive online writing lab on the net, replete with links to other online resources and handouts for both students and instructors on everything from research papers to cover letters. This site also includes writing exercises and online tutorials.

    The Writing Center at UNC-Chapel Hill

    This website provides thorough and well-structured handouts on general writing concerns, citation style, sentence-level concerns, specific writing assignments and contexts, and writing for specific fields. It also features multimedia demos on the stages of the writing process.

    Temple University

    Temple University’s well-organized resource offers guides on everything from Composing Arguments and Thesis Statements to Style, Clarity of Expression, and Point of View.

    Colorado State

    This website provides detailed definitions, writing guides, writing activities, and collections of writing samples. The site also has a specific focus on disciplinary writing and professional writing, with strong examples of both.

    University of Toronto at Scarborough

    Students who need help understanding specific writing tasks or who seek guidance on organizing academic papers will find these visually structured writing guides an asset.

    University of Wisconsin Writing Center

    The Writer’s Handbook is full of helpful and highly structured handouts that break down writing assignments and tasks into their components to help students understand and apply them. Handouts cover such topics as Stages of the Writing Process, Common Types of Writing Assignments, Grammar and Punctuation, Improving Your Writing Style, and Citing Your References in Your Paper.

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    ESL Resources

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ESL Resources

    This resource page includes two different focuses. First, there’s a list of handouts and links that will help ELL/International students adjust to US Academic life, such as how to write emails, how to talk to professors, learning strategies (vocabulary building, academic reading/writing) and cultural issues in classrooms. The second focus is on “Language Resources,” a list of links and handouts that includes dictionaries, pronunciation guides, and more.

    Purdue University OWL ESL Resources

    Resources for ESL students and instructors that include Grammar and Mechanics, Practice and Exercises, and Workplace Writing.

    English Grammar Quizzes for Multilingual Writers

    This resource has quizzes, exercises, and puzzles to help teach English usage, grammar, and vocabulary.

    Duke University ESL Resources

    This webpage lists many resources for multilingual writers. Categories of focus are: Writing for American Academic Audiences, Grammar Help, Dictionaries, and Vocabulary: The Academic Word List.

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    For Undergraduates

    University of Texas at Austin

    This undergraduate-specific resource offers a long list of online handouts to aid students during the writing process.

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    Grammar Resources

    Grammar Bytes!

    This humorous website features an exhaustive list of definitions, examples, and grammatical terms with both interactive and printable exercises and handouts to develop, maintain, and practice your grammatical knowledge.

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    This site is a quick grammar reference guide that provides clear definitions and illustrates basic grammar rules concerning parts of speech, phrases, clauses, sentences, sentence elements, and common problems of usage.

    Capital Community College Foundation Grammar Guide

    This resource index addresses grammatical concerns at the word, sentence, paragraph, and essay and research levels. It also provides access to quizzes, search devices, and PowerPoint presentations concerning grammar matters.

    Grammar Girl

    A sassy resource that provides grammar tips of the day and podcasts of grammar discussions to stream or download. This is a helpful site when you have a specific grammar question such as “affect vs. effect,” “who vs. whom,” or “lay vs. lie.”

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    Professional Writing

    Ohio State University

    This site contains thorough guides on professional aspects of writing, including writing and preparing job materials, writing personal statements, and writing funding proposals.

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    Science Writing

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Writing Center Online Resources

    Rensselaer’s website includes guidelines for science writing and writing in other disciplines, along with reference links to APA and MLA styles.

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    Literature Reviews

    Here is a 9-minute instructional video on writing literature reviews by the North Carolina State University Libraries.

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