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Avoiding Common Errors
This site offers clear answers to many writing questions such as how to write more clearly and how to resolve the five most common writing errors.
Comprehensive Writing Labs
- Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL)
This site has handouts covering writing and documentation. Purdue's OWL is considered by many writing experts to be the standard for online writing centers.
- ESL Instructors and Students
A subsection of Purdue's OWL, this site includes useful handouts on helping ESL students with particular difficulties including capitalization and articles.
- Handouts from University of North Carolina's Writing Center
These handouts focus on questions that students frequently ask themselves when approaching writing problems. Questions include "How do I get started?", "How do I improve my writing style," and "How do I proofread my own paper for grammar mistakes?"
- The Writing Complex
A comprehensive online writing lab with sections on every aspect of the writing and research process sponsored by Empire State College in New York.
- Diana Hacker's A Writer's Reference
The official site for A Writer's Reference. There are excellent resources and tutorials on all aspects of the writing and research process.
Desperate Writing for Those in a Panic
- Check List for Evaluating Web Sites
A quick and comprehensive inventory of how to establish the credibility of web sites from the University of Southern Maine's library.
- Evaluating Web Sites Tutorial
A comprehensive simulation demonstrating how to evaluate Web sites from Widener University. This gives a step by step guide to identifying critical information and shows how to expose non credible sources of information.
- Five Criteria for Evaluating Web Pages
A terrific handout worth printing from Cornell University's Olin & Uris Libraries.
- Guide to Grammar and Writing
Sponsored by the Capital Community College Foundation. This site is organized into levels such as: Word and Sentence, Paragraph, Essays and Research and Interactive Quizzes. Each level has a drop-down menu of helpful items related to the level of writing a student needs help in. There is also a link to The Merriam Webster Dictionary a series of beneficial PowerPoint Presentations and a section of Frequently Asked Questions.
- HyperGrammar from University of Ottawa
This is an electronic grammar course that offers information and examples of punctuation, pronoun use, verb use, modifiers, and more. Everything is hyperlinked so you can move easily from one topic to the next.
- Comma Rules
Learn how to use commas correctly from St. Cloud State University's Literacy Education Online.
- Information Skills Tutorial
Although everyone should have completed the Information Literacy course, you can refresh your mind by viewing Empire State College's Information Literacy online program, which is organized into 8 learning modules.
Plagiarism and Sources of Information
Writing and Documentation Guides
- Writing Effective Introductions (PDF)
Excelsior's own David Taylor runs the Peak Writing Web site, which has a plethora of information on writing.
- Why Should your Essay Contain A Thesis Statement?
Writings tips and explanations from EssayInfo. This site has information on all aspects of essay writing.
- Thesis Statement Overview
A concise handout from the University of Arkansas about thesis statements that you should print out and keep as a reference.
- Ending with Style
University of Maryland's Effective Writing Center offers a series of video tutorials on writing including how to conclude your essay with a flourish.