On-line Resources

HELPFUL ONLINE WRITING LINKS

 

Click on the links below—the websites referenced are easily accessible through any search engine, and now through our new WRITING CENTER site.
 
Get help with the following:

  


 THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS ESSAY:

 

 

 http://www.essayedge.com/

 

EssayEdge.com is one of the Net’s best college admissions websites.  The site provides in-depth admissions essay and college application help.
 

 

                                                      

COLLEGE BOARD ESSAY WRITING TIPS  http://www.collegeboard.com/

 

A practical site that assists with the College Application process and offers good suggestions on writing the College Admissions Essay.
 
 
 
This site is a great source of inspiration with regard to writing the college application essay. This is one example out of many that our district uses in the teaching of the college application essay. 
 
This I Believe is an international project engaging people in writing, sharing, and discussing the core values that guide their daily lives. These short statements of belief, written by people from all walks of life, are archived here and featured on public radio in the United States and Canada, as well as in regular broadcasts on NPR. The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow.
 
 

   http://www.myessay.com/ugrad/dodont.php

 

This is a quick guide on how to write the college admissions essay.  It offers general recommendations on the do’s and don’ts, top ten most common mistakes to avoid, and understanding the question.
 
 
This NPR Podcast/Audio site is a reputable source that discusses a seven-part series on the many different aspects of the college admissions process.
 
 

GRAMMAR AND WRITING PRACTICE:

 

 

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/

 

The Purdue OWL, besides being one of the first in the country, is renowned as one of the most helpful online resources available to students.  There’s a wealth of helpful links here covering topics ranging from academic writing techniques to basic grammar and mechanics to writing in specific disciplines.

 

Purdue Owl’s Handouts on:

 

ACTIVE AND PASSIVE VOICE http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/grammar/g_actpass.html

 

USING PRONOUNS CLEARLY

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/grammar/g_pronuse.html

 

MORE GRAMMAR HANDOUTS

 
 
PunctuationCapital Community College Foundation
 
 
For more on grammar, check out The Guide to Grammar and Writing sponsored by the Capital Community College Foundation in Hartford, CT.  These lessons are accompanied by some excellent PowerPoint presentations. 
 
 
This is a Youtube site that introduces "Grammar Girl" and discusses her popular episodes regarding grammar.
 
This site provides all of Grammar Girl's episodes discussing the use of collective nouns, how to format URLs in text, affect versus effect, and much more.
 
 
 
 

CITING SOURCES AND AVOIDING PLAGIARISM

 

MLA FORMATTING AND STYLE GUIDE

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/01/

 

 

   MLA CITATION:

 

http://www.liu.edu/CWIS/CWP/library/workshop/citmla.htm

 

Long Island University gives an exhaustive list of links, clarifying the appropriate usage of MLA, APA, Chicago and other citation styles, as well as color coded examples of each.
 
APA, CHICAGO, TURABIAN AND OTHER CITATION STYLES
 
 
 
This is an excellent site for documenting sources in the Humanities and the Sciences.  This site connects directly to: Documenting Sources in MLA In-Text Citations.
 
This site demonstrates how to set-up an :  MLA List of Works Cited Page
 
This site shows an actual Sample Research Paper: MLA Style
 
This site shows an actual  Title Page and How it Should be Formatted Using MLAStyle
 

This site details overall information on How to Format a Paper Using MLA Style

http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/p04_c08_s4.html
 

This site illustrates actual Use of Footnotes Using MLA Style

 
 
 
 
This site illustrates the importance of evaluating sources and determining if the sources are factual and verifiable. It provides: A checklist for evaluating print sources, a checklist for evaluating online information, and an anatomy of a citation.
 

MORE TIPS ON EVALUATING SOURCES:

http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/tips.html
 
 
AVOIDING AND PREVENTING PLAGIARISM:
 
This Long Island University site presents Students’ Guide on Avoiding and Preventing Plagiarism
 

This Long Island University site illustrates an actual PowerPoint Exercise on Plagiarism

 
 
 

THE THESIS STATEMENT

 
The University of Richmond’s Writing Center explores topics by stages of the writing process.  This particular section demonstrates “How to Write a Thesis Statement.” It also provides an actual “Thesis Statement Exercise” that helps you to create your own thesis.
 
Diana Hacker of Boston’s Bedford/St Martin’s uses a series of exercises and demonstrates  how to recognize a strong thesis statement.
 

 NOTE-TAKING SKILLS

 

   THE CORNELL NOTE-TAKING METHOD

 
 
The Cornell method provides a systematic format for condensing and organizing notes.
 

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