Writing does not always take place during Writing Center hours. So, what happens if you cannot remember the first steps in writing a paper, how to construct a thesis statement, or what the seven “fanboys” conjunctions are? No need to worry. You can use the following resources to help get you through until you can chat with your consultant.
HANDOUTS—a good place to start: We have so many they have their own page!
The Dirty Dozen—serious and common grammar errors
Plagiarism vs. Using Sources Properly—Plagiarism occurs when proper credit is not given to the original author or creator. Sometimes, this can happen unintentionally, especially when reading, discussing, and writing about so many ideas. Learning to properly incorporate source material can help you steer clear of plagiarism. We have provided a few resources to help.
- Integrating Source Material—Signal Phrases and Paraphrasing, Summarizing, & Quoting
- Avoiding Plagiarism: Recognizing Common Knowledge & Integrating Source Material
- Self-plagiarism … What!?!
Turabian/Chicago Manual of Style:
Writing for Success: From Research to Real World—This workshop series is the WC’s comprehensive HOW-TO for developing and writing a research paper.
- Research Fundamentals I: From Assignment to Thesis Statement
- How to Conduct Research
- Research Fundamentals II: Developing Your Paper
- Research Fundamentals III: Incorporating Research and Citing Sources
- Research Fundamentals IV: Revising and Editing
- Formatting Made Easy
- The Art of PowerPoint
Style & Documentation/Citation Requirements
- APA (American Psychological Association), 7th edition—Check out the BLOG.
- MLA (Modern Language Association), 8th edition
- Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition
- Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL)—a vast and searchable writing resource
Grammar & Style
This site offers weekly blog posts covering such topics as grammar, etymology (word origins), and usage.
This checker is pretty good at spotting grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors, and doesn’t require registration.
- Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL)
A vast and searchable writing resource
- Elements of Style, by William Strunk, Jr., and E.B. White
This website offers an online version of the classic handbook Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr., and E.B. White. Navigate the table of contents to access specific sections of the book.