Writer's Resources

Writer's Resources

Strategies for Starting:
Analyzing Assignments - Figuring out what your professor wants
Getting Started Strategies - Choose and focus your topic
Twenty Questions - Use these questions to get started writing

Personal Statements - Brainstorm content for your personal statement
Résumé Starter Kit - Content and format ideas for your résumé

Strategies for Revising:
Revising for Style - Find and eliminate the "lard" in your prose
Thesis Statements - Write strong and effective thesis statements

Strategies for Proofreading:
NEW! Correctness Matters - Proofreading strategy video
Editing Strategies - Proofread your own work
Top Ten Conventions - See which errors are most serious

Strategies for Studying:
Essay Exams - Use strategies for writing effective essay exams
Reading Strategies - Practice strategies for understanding dense texts


Conjunctions - Make compound sentences using subordinating conjunctions
Pronouns - Review pronoun case; distinguish singular/plural pronouns and make them agree
Relative Clauses - Identify and punctuate relative clauses
Sentence Boundaries - Recognize and correct fragments, comma splices, and run-on sentences
Subjects and Verbs - Distinguish singular/plural verbs and subjects and make them agree


Apostrophes - Form possessives and contractions
Capitals - Capitalize nouns appropriately
Colons - Signal lists or explanatory information
Commas - Separate clauses and parallel elements
Dashes - Emphasize specific text
End Marks - Use periods, quotation marks and exclamation points correctly
Hyphens - Break words and join terms appropriately
Numbers - Express numbers as words or numerals
Parentheses - Indicate and punctuate supplemental ideas
Quotation Marks - Punctuate titles and special language
Semicolons - Join independent clauses and coordinating elements
Spelling - Avoid common prejudicial misspellings
Titles - Format titles


APA Style - Link to the Purdue Writing Lab for up-to-date information from the 6th edition for fall 2009.
Chicago Style - Format documentation using the Chicago style, most common in history
MLA Style - Link to the Purdue Writing Lab for up-to-date information from the 2009 MLA handbook.
Plagiarism - Avoid plagiarising by knowing when and how to attribute sources