• Resources



    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
    A list of handouts specifically tailored to common ESL concerns. Also home to a great selection of video presentations of UNC’s most popular writing workshops for ESL students.

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

    Language Links: English Learning Resources
    A collection of links to sites and online media dealing with ESL writing and learning concerns.

    English Grammar Quizzes for Multilingual Writers
    A project of the Internet TESL Journal, this resource houses quizzes, exercises, and puzzles to help teach English usage, grammar, and vocabulary.

    Duke University ESL Resources
    Resources tailored to multilingual writers. Specific categories of focus are: Writing for American Academic Audiences, Grammar Help, Dictionaries, and Vocabulary: The Academic Word List.

    Writing for Specific Disciplines (Duke University)
    Links to short guides that explain the standards and expectations of specific fields of study.

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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.