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Grammar, ESL, and Writing Topics

The Guide to Grammar and Style by Jack Lynch of Rutgers University offers a glossary of grammar and writing terminology.

The Paradigm Online Writing Assistant offers help on all phases of the writing process. It includes descriptions of different types of essays, tips on getting started, and clear explanations of grammar and punctuation.

Dan Kurland's website on "reading and writing ideas as well as words "offers a well-indexed site with explanations and exercises about reading critically. shows you how to recognize what a text says, what a text does, and what a text means by analyzing choices of content, language, and structure."

Also helpful is The Grammar Handbook from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The Writing Studio at Colorado State University presents several guides for the writing process:

Documentation Styles: MLA

Modern Language Association

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Documentation Styles: APA

APA Frequently Asked Questions

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Documentation Styles: Chicago


Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices

Attorney Ronald B. Standler offers his views on the thorny issue of plagiarism with emphasis on the ethical and legal ramifications.

This tutorial from the University of Leicester takes some time, but is user friendly.

Evaluating Internet sources
Many writing centers and libraries offer concrete guidelines for evaluating Internet sources that are useful for both teachers and students.

Writing Across the Curriculum
The WAC Clearinghouse page offers research and theory, conference and membership information, and practical advice for teachers who incorporate writing in their courses.

For general articles on WAC, see the list at Indiana University's website.

Citing Internet and Electronic Sources (APA, MLA, CBE)
For a down and dirty reference, go to this page by Diana Hacker.

PowerPoint Presentations
Mike Splane, Power Point Presentation Advice

Virginia Montecino, Creating an Effective PowerPoint Presentation

Dennis Kennedy, Ten Tips to Improve Your Presentations with PowerPoint

Seth Goldin, Really Bad PowerPoint and How to Avoid It


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