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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, Dan Kurland

Literature

American Literature: Short stories and classic literature

Close Reading

How to Do a Close Reading, Carson-Newman University

Reading Poetry

How to Read a Poem, University of Mississippi

Reading Techniques

SQ3R, Study Guides and Strategies

Research Stages

Research Steps, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

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

Literature Review

Literature Review Components, University of California at Santa Cruz

Logic

Logic in Arguments, Wheaton College

Using Sources

Plagiarism, LSCS Libraries

Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing, Purdue OWL

Writing About Poetry

Poetry Explication, University of North Carolina

Analyzing Poetry, Roxanne Kent-Drury, Northern Kentucky University

 

Structure

Issue Resource
Basic Essay

The Five-Paragraph Essay, Study Guides and Strategies

Case Study

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

Introduction

Popular Quotes for Introductions, Goodreads

Conclusion

Conclusions, University of Maryland

Thesis

How To Write a Thesis Statement, Indiana University

Transitions

Transitional Words and Phrases, Study Guides and Strategies

Persuasion

Persuasive Essays, the Basics, Time4Writing

Cause and Effect

Cause and Effect Essay, Cal State- LA

 

Style

Issue Resource
Clarity

Writing Clear, Concise Sentences, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Gender

"He or She" Versus "They," Oxford Dictionaries Online: A progressive approach to pronouns

Stereotypes and Biased Language, Purdue OWL

Parallelism

Parallel Structure, Oklahoma City Community College

Formality

Formality, Essay Partner

Tone and Formality

Tone in Business Writing, Purdue OWL

Video: Academic Voice: Using English's Biases For You, Ian Sherman, SlideShare: A video on vocabulary

Misconceptions

Non-Errors, Paul Brians, Washington State U.: Some things that people say are actually OK.

 

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

Infinitive or -Ing?, English Club

Interactive Exercises

Advanced English Grammar Exercises

Grammar Exercises, Grammar Bytes

 

Mechanics

Issue Resource
Apostrophes

Using Apostrophes, Scribendi

Capitalization

Rules for Capitalization, Library Online

Commas

Comma, The Punctuation Guide

Exercises on Comma Usage, The Guide to Grammar and Writing

Commonly Confused Words

Commonly Confused Words, Oxford Dictionary

Hyphens and Dashes

Hyphen Use, MIT

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 OWL

APA Style

APA Formatting and Style Guide, Purdue OWL

Frequently Asked Questions About APA Style, American Psychological Association

ASA Style

Formatting in Sociology (ASA Style), Purdue OWL

Chicago/Turabian Style

Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition, Purdue OWL

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 OWL

 

General

Issue Resource
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 OWL

Exercises, My English Pages

Problems

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

Resumes

Resume Workshop, Purdue OWL

Resume Samples, LiveCareer

Technical Writing guides and exercises

Technical Writing, Penn State University

THEA Test

THEA Test Skill Descriptions, THEA, Describes the skills tested

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



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