Resources for Writers
Comprehensive Writing Resources
The Writing Lab at Purdue
The nation's flagship electronic writing center. This site offers an unusually wide selection of handouts, exercises, and self tutorials on topics including punctuation basics, resume writing, writing research papers, and documentation across academic disciplines.
The University Writing Center at UNC, Chapel Hill
Excellent resource with handouts supporting all steps in the writing process, as well as information about writing for different disciplines.
University of Manitoba Academic Learning Centre
Reference Sources: Dictionaries and Style Guides
One Look Dictionary
This website allows you to use several different dictionaries at the same time.
Researching and Documenting Sources (from Purdue University)
Purdue's online guide offers useful information and advice as well as links to MLA and APA style guides.
The Bedford St. Martin's Sample Document Gallery
Sometimes the best way to understand the wonderful world of citation is view a sample. This website offers you papers in MLA, APA, and Chicago (in the Humanities section); business and technical writing samples; and samples from the sciences.
Writing in the Arts and Sciences at Marquette
A page of tips for students and a checklist for writing research papers in a large number of academic disciplines.
The Grammar Slammer
This site provides a no-frills, yet extensive list of grammatical definitions and terms.
This site offers a unique and refreshing look at grammatical concerns with helpful illustrations along with clear and concise explanations.
Mt. SAC Writing Center
This website offers directed learning activities–PDF worksheets–to assist with building writing skills involved in the writing process such as proper grammar and how to cut down on passive voice.
"That" vs. "Which"
This write-up will go over the right time to write “that” and the right time to write “which.” At the bottom of this page there is also a link to some practice exercises!
Guide to Writing a Basic Essay
A great step-by-step site that offers advice on everything from topic selection to finishing touches.
Hamilton College Handouts
Provides handouts on how to write different kinds of essays in the writing resources.
Paradigm Online Writing Assistant
Another interactive page that assists in the developmental stages of writing. It offers descriptions of various methods in creating effective writing strategies.
University of Richmond Writing Center - Writer's Web
This site has detailed information on mechanics and other structural issues. It also provides in-depth looks at editing, analysis and writing across disciplines.
Developing a Thesis Statement
Developing a Thesis
Owl Purdue Online Writing Lab
This is a link to the Purdue Owl and its ESL resources which are thorough, in-depth and user-friendly.
DeAnza College - Excellent ESL Websites
This is a link to DeAnza College which has compiled a list of ESL websites that provide games, activities, and quizzes for student of all levels.
Writing is about more than structure and grammar - it is also about creativity! Writer's block shows us that coming up with creative, original material can be as hard (or harder) than mechanics and sentence structure. So here's a site the can ignite a creative spark with an amusing take on the ordinary.