Writing - Resources

UCR Learning Center Handouts


Links to Online Resources

Online Writing Center at Purdue University
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/grammar/index.html
This webpage lists dozens of grammar and mechanical issues and includes handouts with examples. Most handouts have and exercise at the end with an answer key.

St. Cloud State University and LEO: Literacy Education Online
http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/
This site provides plenty of resources for writing research papers, style, word choice, and citation information.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/This site provides a huge resource of explanations and handouts on introductions, paragraphs, transitions, quotations, MLA and APA citation, business letters, application essays, etc. The site also includes instruction on how to write for specific fields of study such as sociology, political science and philosophy.

Rules for Writers by Diana Hacker
http://dianahacker.com/rules/
Exercises include writing, grammar, and research. These exercises must be worked online, as they appear one at a time and are then scored at the end.

Prentice Hall's I-Practice Site
http://wps.prenhall.com/ipractice/0,9716,1624409-content,00.html
This site has online quizzes that can be scored immediately. Special sections include ESL, grammar, sentence style, punctuation, mechanics and spelling, and word choice.

Verbs for Referring to Sources
http://www.utoronto.ca/writing/reporting.html
You can indicate your attitude to the sources you cite by choosing specific verbs to refer to them. Don't just keep repeating "Smith says." There is a wide choice of such verbs in English. Use a dictionary to check that you have chosen a verb with the nuance you intend.

Hedging
http://www.uefap.com/writing/feature/hedge.htm
It is often believed that academic writing, particularly scientific writing, is factual, simply to convey facts and information. However it is now recognised that an important feature of academic writing is the concept of cautious language, often called "hedging" or "vague language". In other words, it is necessary to make decisions about your stance on a particular subject, or the strength of the claims you are making. Different subjects prefer to do this in different ways.

Mr. Johanson's Daily Grammar
http://www.dailygrammar.com/archive.shtml
This site offers hundreds of user-friendly grammar lessons. For each issue, several lessons are provided and each one focuses on one major usage with five sentences to correct. Answers are listed directly below the lessons.

330 Grammar Topics
http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/330/grammar/
This site lists tons of grammar-related areas with a short tutorial. Each tutorial is followed by interactive exercises. The multiple choice answers can be clicked on for immediate feedback.

The Grammar Aquarium
http://perso.wanadoo.es/autoenglish/freeexercises.htm
This site contains grammar notes, handouts, and printable exercises. Note: the homepage is slow loading.

Grammar Bites
http://www.chompchomp.com/exercises.htm
This site provides a variety of interactive exercises.
Exercises are fun and easy but must be completed online.

Sentence Diagramming
http://drb.lifestreamcenter.net/Lessons/TS/diagram.htm
This site provides instruction on how to diagram sentences.

Pronouns and Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/pronouns.htm#who

This page explains the proper use of pronouns and explores the differences between "who" and "whom."

Citation Machine
http://citationmachine.net/
This tool allows you to plug in the information and get citations formatted in either APA or MLA style. It may not save time, but it does help with tough and unusual citations. Schools and libraries are using it and linking to it.

MLA FAQs
http://www.mla.org/style_faq
The Modern Language Association will not publish its style guide online, but it does have a useful FAQ page.

APA FAQs
http://www.apastyle.org/elecref.html This page on the APA website takes you to some FAQs about using APA to cite online sources. Although it is not comprehensive, it is regularly updated and a good place to start. Because their rules for electronic sources are still evolving, other sites will tell you to check here for the latest information.

All 4 Major Styles
http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/online/citex.html
This Bedford student support site offers information on using four citation styles: MLA, APA, CMS, and CBE. It also provides online citations for all styles---it lists some of the major types of online sources you might use, with links to examples.

UW Madison Writing Center Site
http://www.wisc.edu/writetest/Handbook/Documentation.html
Madison has a good Writing Center website with writer's handbook and documentation information.

Long Island University C.W. Post Campus
MLA Citations:
http://www.liunet.edu/cwis/cwp/library/workshop/citmla.htm
APA Citations:
http://www.liunet.edu/cwis/cwp/library/workshop/citapa.htm
This site offers a colorful explanation of both MLA and APA citations by providing examples of commonly used citations.

The Gregg Reference Manual
http://www.mhhe.com/business/buscom/gregg/site_guide.htm
This site provides grammar information that can also be found in the actual manual such as detailed information on punctuation, capitalization, subject-verb agreement. This site is good for business professionals.