Resources for Writers
There are many web-based resources to help you with your writing. The Writing Center has compiled a list of their favorites. We have included a list of links for handouts and video demos on specific issues, but please consider spending some time exploring these excellent websites about writing.
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What exactly is academic writing and how is it different than other forms of writing?
A Short Guide to College Writing (University of Chicago)
What Is and Academic Paper? (Dartmouth College)
Before you write, make sure that you know enough about your topic and have generated enough ideas about it to bring depth and complexity to your assignment.
How To Do A Close Reading (Harvard)
Outlining (Purdue OWL)
Webbing (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Brainstorming (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Reverse Outlining (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Audience (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Everything you write needs to have a point. These links will help you generate a thesis that is both specific and complex enough to generate an essay.
Writing a Thesis Statement (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Developing a Thesis Statement (UNC)
When we write, we enter an existing conversation about an idea or a topic. Using evidence well demonstrates that you understand the work of others who have contributed to the conversation about your subject.
Successful vs. Unsuccessful Paraphrasing (UW Madison)
How to Quote a Source (UW Madison)
Tips for Evaluation Sources (Diana Hacker)
Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing (Purdue)
A well structured paper develops its main idea logically, with each point connected to the previous points. These links will help you write your argument so that its logic is clear to your reader.
Writing Transitions (Purdue)
Essay Structure (Harvard)
Our first thoughts are rarely our best thoughts. Good writing requires that we revise our initial ideas and impressions so that our best ideas are clear to our audience.
Revising Drafts (UNC)
Editing the Essay: Part I and II (Harvard)
Cultivating a Critical Eye (Dartmouth)
Grammar and punctuation errors interfere with the clarity of our papers and suggest that we have not prepared our work for submission. Carefully proofreading indicates to your audience that you care about work.
Reading Aloud (UNC)
Twelve Common Errors (UW-Madison)
Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
Carroll University Citation Help