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ECC Student Guide to Free Online Writing Resources

Updated 10/31/14


 MLA Format Video: 

http://compositionatthebeach.com/video/video/show?id=2274984%3AVideo%3A13983

 

APA Format Video:

http://compositionatthebeach.com/video/video/show?id=2274984%3AVideo%3A13492 

 

Get help with GRAMMAR:

 

Identifying Subjects and Verbs

http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/grammar/verbsub.html

Subject-Verb Exercise

http://aliscot.com/bigdog/sv_exercise.htm

Prepositional Phrase Exercise

http://aliscot.com/bigdog/prep_exercise.htm

Phrases

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/phrases.htm

Sentence Fragments (frag)

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/fragments.htm 

More on Fragments (frag)

http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/punct/fragmentcauses.html 

Run-on Sentences (RO, FS, CS)

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/runons.htm

Subject and Verb Agreement (SV agr)

http://www.grammarbook.com/grammar/subjectVerbAgree.asp

Pronoun and Antecedent Agreement (PA agr)

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/pronouns.htm

Pronoun Case (pron, case)

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/595/02/

Cases of Nouns and Pronouns (pron, case)

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/cases.htm 

Pronoun Reference (ref)

http://www.uottawa.ca/academic/arts/writcent/hypergrammar/pronref.html 

Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers (mm, dm)

http://ace.acadiau.ca/english/grammar/mmodifier.htm 

Dangling Modifier (dm)

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/597/01/

Parallel Structure (// ism)

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/623/01/

More on Parallel Structure (// ism)

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/644/1/ 

Grammar for the hearing impaired (Gallaudet site)

http://depts.gallaudet.edu/englishworks/grammar/main/index.htm

Grammar for ESL students

http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/


 

Decode the rules of PUNCTUATION: 

 

Comma rules, with interactive exercises

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/exercises/3/5

Overview of comma, semicolon, colon, parenthesis, dash, quotation marks, italics

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/566/01/ 

Apostrophe

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/621/01/

Quotation Marks

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/577/01/ 

Punctuation Marks

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0771337.html


 

Overcome writer's block and organize ideas with strategies for PREWRITING:


Prewriting

http://www.studygs.net/writing/prewriting.htm 

Prewriting

http://www.esc.edu/ESConline/Across_ESC/WritersComplex.nsf/3CC42A422514347A8525671D0049F395/CE2B510E7D9975AE852569C3006ACCCC?OpenDocument 

Prewriting

http://www.humboldt.edu/~tdd2/Prewriting.htm

Writing an Outline

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/composition/brainstorm_outline.htm 


  

Find out various ways you can DEVELOP AN ESSAY:

 

Process Analysis

http://www.tcc.edu/students/resources/writcent/HANDOUTS/writing/process.htm

Process Analysis

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/composition/process.htm 

Process Analysis

http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/acadwrite/process.html 

Narration

http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Atrium/1437/narr.html 

Argumentation/Persuasion

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/685/05/

Exemplification

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/composition/examples.htm

Comparison/Contrast

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/composition/comparison.htm


  

Master the COLLEGE ESSAY format:

 

5- Paragraph Model

http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Atrium/1437/howto.html 

5- Paragraph Model

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/five_par.htm

5- Paragraph Model

http://studygs.net/fiveparag.htm 

Thesis Statement

http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/thesis_statement.shtml

Thesis Statement and Blueprint

http://jerz.setonhill.edu/writing/academic/blueprint.htm 

The Paragraph

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/606/01/

Paragraphs and Topic Sentences

http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/paragraphs.shtml

Topic Sentence

http://www.uottawa.ca/academic/arts/writcent/hypergrammar/partopic.html


 

Get ideas for writing INTRODUCTIONS AND CONCLUSIONS:


Developing an Introduction from the Top Down

http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/acadwrite/intro.html 

How to Write Introductions

http://www.taftcollege.edu/instruct/LiberalArts/OWL/iandc.htm 

Sample Introductions

http://www.csuohio.edu/writingcenter/introeg.html

Strategies for Writing a Conclusion

http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/acadwrite/conclude.html 

Writing Introductions and Conclusions

http://www.csuohio.edu/writing-center/introductions-and-conclusions


  

Get tips for taking an ESSAY EXAM:


The Essay Exam

http://www.studygs.net/tsttak4.htm 

Writing Essay Exams

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/737/1/


 

Learn how to EVALUATE WEB SOURCES:

  

Evaluating Website Content

http://www.studygs.net/evaluate.htm 

Evaluation Criteria

http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/evalcrit.html

Checklist for Evaluating Web Sites

http://gateway.lib.ohio-state.edu/tutor/les1/checklist.html 

Comprehensive Information on Evaluating Web Pages from UC Berkeley

http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evaluate.html


  

Incorporate BORROWED MATERIAL effectively and honestly:


Avoiding Plagiarism

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/01/

Quoting Effectively

http://www.plagiarism.org/learning_center/how_to_cite_sources.html


 

See how to FORMAT THE RESEARCH PAPER correctly:

Format a Paper in MLA style:

http://jerz.setonhill.edu/writing/academic/mla_style.html

Format a Paper in APA style:

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/

Sample paper in APA style with instructions for formatting:

http://valencia.cc.fl.us/lrcwest/apapaper.html

Format a Paper according to Chicago Manual of Style:

http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/p04_c10_s3.html

Format a Paper in CSE manuscript style:

http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/p04_c11_s4.html


  

View SAMPLE RESEARCH PAPERS:


Sample paper in Chicago style:

http://dianahacker.com/pdfs/Hacker-Bish-CMS.pdf 

Sample paper in MLA style:

http://dianahacker.com/pdfs/Hacker-Daly-MLA.pdf

Sample pages in CSE style:

http://dianahacker.com/pdfs/Hacker-Mart-CSE.pdf 

Sample paper in APA style:

http://dianahacker.com/pdfs/Hacker-Mira-APA.pdf


  

Get help with DOCUMENTING RESEARCH materials:

 

Bibliography Generator for MLA format

http://www.wisc.edu/writing/Handbook/DocMLAWorksCited.html

Bibliography Generator for MLA and APA formats

http://easybib.com/

Citing Websites in APA, AMA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian/Harvard (see menu top right)

http://www.studygs.net/citation.htm

Research and Documentation Guide with Model Entries for MLA, APA, Chicago, CSE

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


 

Find a QUOTATION by author, topic, or keyword:

 
Brainy Quote

http://www.brainyquote.com/ 

Quotations Archive

http://quotes.dictionary.com/search/aphids?page=1

Quoteland

http://quoteland.com/

The Quotations Page

http://www.quotationspage.com/ 

Bartlett's Quotations

http://www.bartleby.com/100/


  

Look up a definition in an ONLINE DICTIONARY:


Dictionary.org

http://www.dict.org/bin/Dict

yourdictionary.com

http://www.yourdictionary.com/

 

 

 

Last Published 12/21/16