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  • Content (focus, argumentation, support, development, logic, quoting, etc.)
  • Structure (organization, thesis, introduction, conclusion, transitions, etc.)
  • Style (formality, person, clarity, concision, diction/phrasing, parallelism, etc.)
  • Grammar (run-ons, fragments, tense, agreement, articles, prepositions, etc.)
  • Mechanics (comma usage, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, etc.)
  • Formatting (MLA, APA, Chicago, citations, cover page, header/footer, etc.)
  • General (specific disciplines, test preparation, workforce needs, etc.)

Preparation
Issue Resource
Brainstorming/Prewriting

Introduction to Prewriting (Invention), Purdue Online Writing Lab

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking, Study Guides and Strategies

Literature

American Literature: Short stories and classic literature from around the world, all available for free!

Close Reading

How to Do a Close Reading, Carson-Newman University

Reading Poetry

How to Read a Poem, The Writer's Handbook, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Reading Techniques

SQ3R, Study Guides and Strategies

Research Preliminaries

Research Preparation, Cal State- Los Angeles

The Writing Process

Stages of the Writing Process, The University of Wisconsin - Madison



Content
Issue Resource
Argumentation

The Toulmin Method, Colorado State University

Critique/Review

Book or Article Review or Critique Guidelines, Tidewater Community College

Focus

Focus, Colorado State University

Literature Review Literature Review Components, University of California at Santa Cruz
Logic

Logic in Argumentative Writing, Purdue Online Writing Lab

Using Sources

Plagiarism, LSCS Libraries

Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing, Purdue Online Writing Lab

Writing About Literature

Literary Analysis: Using Elements of Literature, Roane State Community College

Critical Approaches, Samantha Blackmon, Purdue University: A brief overview of different approaches.

Writing About Poetry

Writing About Poetry, Hamilton College

Poetry Explication, Sarah Lundquist

Analyzing Poetry, Roxanne Kent-Drury, Northern Kentucky University


Structure
Issue Resource
Basic Essay

Essay Planning and Structure, Massey University

The Five-Paragraph Essay, Study Guides and Strategies

Case Study

How to Write a Psychology Case Study, Kendra Cherry, About.com

Attention-Getters            

Popular Quotes for Introductions, Goodreads

Conclusion

Conclusions, Effective Writing Center, University of Maryland University College

Thesis

How To Write a Thesis Statement, Indiana University

Transitions

Transitional Words and Phrases, Study Guides and Strategies

Structure of Persuasion

Persuasive Essays, the Basics, Time4Writing

Compare and Contrast

Compare and Contrast Essay, Elsbee

Cause and Effect

Cause and Effect Essay, Cal State- LA



Style
Issue Resource
Clarity

Writing Clear, Concise Sentences, The Writer's Handbook, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Brevity

Wordiness, University of Victoria, A long list of redundancies

Gender

"He or She" Versus "They," Oxford Dictionaries Online: A progressive approach to the problem of gender-neutral pronoun reference.

Stereotypes and Biased Language, Purdue Online Writing Lab

Parallelism

Parallel Structure, Purdue Online Writing Lab

Person

Formality, Purdue OWL

Tone and Formality

Tone in Business Writing, Purdue Online Writing Lab

Video: Academic Voice: Using English's Biases For You, Ian Sherman, SlideShare: An eye-opening video presentation centered on vocabulary.

Voice

Voice: Active and Passive, Towson University

Misconceptions

Non-Errors, Paul Brians, Washington State University: A list of things that people keep saying are wrong but are actually standard

Diction            

Diction, Literary Devices

 

Grammar
Issue Resource
Adjectives

Comparatives and Superlatives, ESL Base

Agreement

Confusing Pronouns, Writer's Web, University of Richmond: How to avoid mistakes in pronoun agreement.

Subject-Verb Agreement, Towson University: A self-teaching unit with visual aids and exercises.

Articles

Using Articles, Purdue OWL

Fragments

Sentence Fragments, The Guide to Grammar and Writing

Modals

Modal Verbs, Learn English

Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal Verbs, English Club

Prepositions

Prepositions: Locators in Time and Place, The Guide to Grammar and Writing

Pronouns

Pronouns, Towson University

Relative Clauses

Relative Clauses, English Grammar 4U

Run-Ons

Run-On Sentences, Comma Splices, The Guide to Grammar and Writing

Sentence Structure

The Structure of a Sentence, David Megginson, University of Ottawa

Sentence Types

The Discourse Functions of Sentences, The Internet Grammar of English

Imperative, English Language
TSI Test

TSI Practice Questions

Verb Forms

English Verb Conjugator, English Language

Comparing Gerunds, Participles, and Infinitives, Purdue Online Writing Lab

Infinitive or -Ing?, English Club

Interactive Exercises

Advanced English Grammar Exercises

Grammar Exercises, Grammar Bytes



Mechanics
Issue Resource
Apostrophes

The Apostrophe, Purdue Online Writing Lab

Capitalization

A Little Help with Capitals, Purdue Online Writing Lab

Commas

Commas: Quick Rules, Purdue Online Writing Lab

Exercises on Comma Usage, The Guide to Grammar and Writing

Commonly Confused Words

Commonly Confused Words, Oxford Dictionary

Hyphens and Dashes

Hyphen Use, Purdue Online Writing Lab

How to Use a Dash in an English Sentence, WikiHow

Lists

Bulleted Lists: Capitalization and Punctuation, Judy Vorfeld, SiteTube

Quotation Marks

Using Quotation Marks, Grammar Book

Colons and Semicolons

Colons and Semicolons, St. Cloud State



Formatting
Issue Resource
AMA Style

AMA Style, BioMedical Editor

AP Style

Associated Press Style, Purdue Online Writing Lab

APA Style

APA Formatting and Style Guide, Purdue Online Writing Lab

Frequently Asked Questions About APA Style, American Psychological Association

ASA Style

Formatting in Sociology (ASA Style), Purdue Online Writing Lab

Chicago/Turabian Style

Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition, Purdue Online Writing Lab

Citation Guide (all styles)

Citation Guide, OnlineSchools.org

CSE Style
CSE Style Guide, University of Wisconsin
GSA Style

Geology Guidelines: Style, The Geological Society of America

Microsoft Word 
Tips on MS Word, Allen Wyatt's Word Tips
MLA Style

MLA Formatting and Style Guide, Purdue Online Writing Lab



General
Issue Resource
Business Research

Business Research, Free Management Library

ESOL

Many Things: Fun ways to learn basic English skills.

Self-Study Quizzes for ESL Students

HESI Exam

HESI A2 Test, Nursing Exam Prep Info

Journalism

How to Write a News Story, MediaCollege

Letter Writing

Letter Writing Guide: A thorough guide to many different types of letters, complete with examples.

Practice

Writing Exercises, Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Exercises, My English Pages

Principles

Habits of Effective Writers, Hamilton Colleg

Problems

Twelve Common Errors, The University of Wisconsin - Madison: A checklist to aid you in editing your work.

The Seven Deadly Sins of Writing, Hamilton College Writing Center 

Resumes

Resume Workshop, Purdue Online Writing Lab

Resume Samples, LiveCareer

Technical Writing guides and exercises

Technical Writing, Penn State University

THEA Test

THEA Test Skill Descriptions, THEA, Describes the skills teste

Vocabulary

Dictionary.com: Find the spelling, meaning, pronunciation, history, translations, and much more.

Books Ngram Viewer, Google Labs: Look up any word or phrase to see a chart of its popularity over time.

Overall

Purdue Online Writing Lab: An extensive one-stop reference, often referred to as simply "the OWL."

Writing Center Handouts, Hamilton College
Worksheets, Arizona State



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