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The Writing Process This site from Cleveland State University provides a colorful, three-dimensional illustration of the writing process.

"Steps to Writing a College Paper"

A systematic explanation of the writing process

"The Writing Process" according to Donald Murray's The Craft of Revision

"The Process of Writing"

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Approaching the Assignment "How to Read an Assignment" from The Writing Center at UNC "Reading Strategies"

"Analyzing the Assignment"

"Reading Towards Writing"

"How to Be Original"

"If written directions alone would suffice, libraries wouldn't need to have the rest of the universities attached." -- Judith Martin
Choosing a Topic Helpful Ithaca College handout on Subjects, Themes and Topics The AIM Principle

A U. of Arizona site that offers Research Instruction Online

"Choosing a Topic"

As is your sort of mind, so is your sort of search: you'll find what you desire.
-- Robert Browning

from the Purdue OWL

Several Brainstorming Strategies

"Brainstorming" by UC Davis Soil Ecology Professor Bruce Jaffee


An odd brainstorming tutorial

"Ideas are the cheapest part of the writing. They are free. The hard part is what you do with ideas you've gathered."
--Jane Yolen
Writing a Thesis

"Developing a Thesis Statement" from the UIUC Writers' Workshop

"Thesis Writing" ("Statements about statements")

Discussion of the Thesis from "Getting an A on an English Paper"

"How to Write a Thesis Statement"

An essay-length handout from The Writing Center at UNC

"Five Ways of Looking at a Thesis"

A well-crafted thesis statement reflects well-crafted ideas. It signals a writer who has intelligence, commitment, and enthusiasm.
Writing an Outline "Developing an Outline" from the Purdue OWL "The Art of the Outline"

"Outlines: How They Can Improve Your Writing"

"Writing and Using Outlines"

"Measure twice. Cut once." -- Construction worker's saying.

"An outline reflects logical thinking and clear classification."

Doing Research "Researching Your Topic" (Dartmouth) "Steps to Writing a Research Paper" (includes a helpful checklist for students) "Tips for Writing Research Papers" "The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book." --Samuel Johnson
Writing a First Draft "Writing the First Draft" "Warning Signs of a Rushed Paper" "Writing the First Draft" Writing is "easily as complex and demanding as high-level mathematics or theoretical physics."
Revising "Revising Prose" "Revising Your Paper"

"Higher Order Concerns and Lower Order Concerns"

"Cultivating a Critical Eye" (Dartmouth)

"The Twenty Most Common Errors in Student Writing" (Andrea Lunsford)

"I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil." --Truman Capote
Proofreading "How to Proofread and Edit Your Writing" "Revising and Proofreading Checklists"

"Editing and Proofreading Strategies"

"Improving Sentence Clarity"

"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." - Mark Twain
Using Sources "Writing with Sources" "Using Source Materials: An Introduction" "Acknowledging Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism" "The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." - Mark Twain


The Essay "What is an Academic Paper?" (Dartmouth) "Beginning the Academic Essay"

"Some Basic Terminology for the Writing Processes"

"Effective Academic Writing: The Argument"

"Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret."
-- Matthew Arnold
The Research Paper Academic Writing: Research Papers "The Research Paper"

"Planning and Writing a Research Paper" (see also the other tips)

"Steps to Writing a Research Paper" (from UCLA)

"The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with." -- William Faulkner
Evidence "Balancing Evidence and Interpretation" "Evidence or Proof"

"Using Evidence to Strengthen Your Arguments"

"Don't say the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream."
-- Mark Twain
Critical Thinking "Defining Critical Thinking" "Critical Reading Toward Critical Thinking "

"Critical Writing and Thinking"

"Paper Analysis and Critical Thinking"

"What is written without effort is read without pleasure." -Samuel Johnson
Style "Improving Your Writing Style" "Attending to Style" "Interactive Style Exercises" "Good writing is clear thinking made visible." --Bill Wheeler
Introductions "Introductions" "Preparing to Write an Introduction" "Strategies for Writing Introductions" "If you start with a bang, you won't end with a whimper." --T.S. Eliot
Conclusions "Conclusions" "Writing Conclusions"

"Ending the Essay: Conclusions"


"A hard beginning maketh a good ending." -- John Heywood
The Paragraph "Writing Paragraphs" "Writing Paragraphs"

"The Paragraph as Miniature Essay"

"Developing Coherent Paragraphs"

"Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short." -- Henry David Thoreau
Transitions "Writing Effective Transitions" "Transitions"

"Transitional Words and Phrases"

"Transitional Expressions"

"The strokes of the pen need deliberation as much as the sword needs swiftness." --Julia Ward Howe
Common Errors "Common Errors in English" "An Editing Checklist" "Common Errors" "Easy writing makes hard reading." -- Ernest Hemingway
Grammar "Guide to Grammar and Style" "Grammar Handbook"

"Guide to Grammar and Writing"

"Punctuation Made Simple"

"The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. -- Thomas Jefferson
Essay Exams "Timed Essays: Planning and Organizing in a Crunch" The REDOER Strategy for Essay Exams

"Tips on Essay Exams"

"Writing Essay Exams"

"I never know what I think about something until I read what I've written on it. --William Faulkner
Audience "Audience Analysis" "Audience: Some General Advice" "Audience and Purpose" "I wrote a few children's books... not on purpose." --Stephen Wright
The Personal Statement "Writing Application Essays" "How to Write an Effective Admission Letter"

"Writing the Personal Statement"

"Writing the Graduate school Application" (Dartmouth)

"Graduate School Essays"

"Personal examples carry more weight than preaching." --Chinese Proverb

ESL Issues

"English as a Second Language" (Dartmouth) "Article Usage"

ESL Resources

The ESL Independent Study Lab

Mark's ESL World

"The english language is no one's special property. It is the property of imagination." --Derek Walcott.

Citing Sources

"Style Sheets for Citing Resources (Print and Electronic)" "Internet Citation Guides" "Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism" "The human plagiarism which is most difficult to avoid for individuals is the plagiarism of ourself." --Marcel Proust

MLA Style

"MLA Citation Style" "MLA Style Guide" "MLA Formatting" "The intelligible forms of ancient poets, The fair humanities of old religion . . ." -- S. T. Coleridge

APA and other styles

"Karla's Guide to Citation Style Guides" "Citing Sources APA Style" "Using APA Format" "The only 'ism' Hollywood believes in is plagiarism."
--Dorothy Parker
Electronic Sources "Citation Styles Online" "Ten C's for Evaluating Internet Sources" "Columbia Guide to Online Style" "Not even computers will replace committees, because committees buy computers." --Wall Street Journal
Avoiding Plagiarism

"The Academic Integrity Project" (UCD)


"How Not to Plagiarize"

"Types of Plagiarism"

Student Judicial Affairs at UCD

"The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or to say a new thing in an old way." -- Richard Harding Davis

UCD Resources

"Writing in the Disciplines"

"Group Work and Collaborative Writing" by John Vohs

The University Writing Program

Writing on the Edge

Prized Writing

LSC Resources

Writing in the Disciplines Workshop Program

"An adjective habit, or a wordy, diffuse, flowery habit, once fastened upon a person, is as hard to get rid of as any other vice." --Mark Twain"

Writing the MCAT Essay

MCAT Writing Sample Prompts Scoring and Tips for the MCAT Essay

"The Writing Section of the MCAT"

"Strategies for the MCAT Writing Sample"

"Writing Standardized Essay Exams"

MCAT Essay Strategies

"The MCAT Writing Sample"

"A doctor, like anyone else who has to deal with human beings, each of them unique, cannot be a scientist; he is either, like the surgeon, a craftsman, or, like the physician and the psychologist, an artist." --W.H. Auden

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