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Resources and Handouts

This page is designed to aid students throughout the writing process—a collection of tools and rules to assist writers in every discipline.

Writing as a Process

 Thesis Statement​Creating and articulating an argument. It is a sentence or two that encompossases your entire papers’ purpose. The point of a thesis statement is to introduce broad themes It is usually presented to the reader at the end of the introductory paragraph. 

Prewriting Brainstorming and outlining your assignment. It usually consists of a list of ideas the writer hopes to incorporate throughout their paper.

Drafting​ Putting pen to paper and not looking back. It allows writers to dump their thoughts on the page in a somewhat organized manner. 

Revising Adjusting your writing based on feedback. It is typically the final stage of the writing process. 

Citations

MLA Modern Language Association style guide

APA American Psychological Association style guide (used for social sciences)

Chicago Chicago style guide (used for history papers)

Footnotes & Endnotes Referring readers to other published sources

Genres

Creative Writing Writing that usually consists of poems or short stories, it strays away from the professional type of work. It is used to help students express themselves in abstract forms. 

Argument Stating an opinion using evidence

Narrative Reporting connected events in a sequence (a story)

Lab Report Summarizing and communicating laboratory work

Research Paper Summarizing drawing conclusions from research   

Relating Multiple Texts Meaningfully drawing connections between texts to strengthen an argument

Grammar

Passive Voice Making the object of an action the subject of the sentence

Parallel Structure Using the same pattern of words to show that two or more ideas have the same level of importance

Sentence Fragment and Run-On Avoiding usage of fragment and run-on sentences

Comma Use An overview on comma usage: when and how to use them 

Clichés and Trite Lines​  Avoiding overused and expected phrases

General Grammar Guides​ General grammar tips to know and follow

Dashes and Hyphens How and when to use each of these