The Write Place: Web Resources
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Introduction to Prewriting (Invention), Purdue Online Writing Lab
|Critical Thinking||Critical Thinking, Study Guides and Strategies|
American Literature: Short stories and classic literature from around the world, all available for free!
Public Poetry: A Houston organization supporting local poets.
|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|
|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 in Argumentative Writing, Purdue Online Writing Lab
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 LundquistAnalyzing Poetry, Roxanne Kent-Drury, Northern Kentucky University
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|
Conclusions, Effective Writing Center, University of Maryland University College
Introduction 'hooks" , University of British Columbia
Maxims, Bartleby. Good resource for an attention-getter in the introduction
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|
Writing Clear, Concise Sentences, The Writer's Handbook, University of Wisconsin - Madison
|Brevity||Wordiness, University of Victoria, A long list of redundancies|
"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|
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: Active and Passive, Towson University
Non-Errors, Paul Brians, Washington State University: A list of things that people keep saying are wrong but are actually standard
|Diction, Literary Devices|
|Adjectives||Comparatives and Superlatives, ESL Base|
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.
Using Articles, Purdue OWL
|Colons and Semicolons||Colons and Semicolons, St. Cloud State|
|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|
The Discourse Functions of Sentences, The Internet Grammar of EnglishImperative, English Language
|TSI Test||TSI Practice Questions|
English Verb Conjugator, English Language
Comparing Gerunds, Participles, and Infinitives, Purdue Online Writing Lab
Infinitive or -Ing?, English Club
Grammar Exercises, Grammar Bytes
|Apostrophes||The Apostrophe, Purdue Online Writing Lab|
|Capitalization||A Little Help with Capitals, Purdue Online Writing Lab|
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
Video: Hyphens and Dashes, Texas A&M University
|Lists||Bulleted Lists: Capitalization and Punctuation, Judy Vorfeld, SiteTube|
|Quotation Marks||Using Quotation Marks, Grammar Book|
|Colons and Semicolons||Colons and Semicolons, Georgia College|
|AMA Style||AMA Style, BioMedical Editor|
|AP Style||Associated Press Style, Purdue Online Writing Lab|
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 Manual of Style 16th Edition, Purdue Online Writing Lab
BibMe: An automatic citation/bibliography system with online reference guides to MLA, APA, and Chicago.
|Citation Guide (all styles)||Citation Guide, OnlineSchools.org|
||CSE Style Guide, University of Wisconsin|
Geology Guidelines: Style, The Geological Society of America
||Tips on MS Word, Allen Wyatt's Word Tips|
MLA Formatting and Style Guide, Purdue Online Writing Lab
|Business Research||Business Research, Free Management Library|
Many Things: Fun ways to learn basic English skills.
|HESI Exam||HESI A2 Test, Nursing Exam Prep Info|
How to Write a News Story, MediaCollege
Letter Writing Guide: A thorough guide to many different types of letters, complete with examples.
|Principles||Habits of Effective Writers, Hamilton College|
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 CenterHow to Write Good, Plain Language Humor
Resume Workshop, Purdue Online Writing Lab
Resume Templates, Microsoft Office
|Technical Writing guides and exercises||Technical Writing, Penn State University|
|Test Taking Tips||Guide to Test Taking Tips, Andrea Reed|
|THEA Test||THEA Test Skill Descriptions, THEA, Describes the skills tested|
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.
Purdue Online Writing Lab: An extensive one-stop reference, often referred to as simply "the OWL."
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