Resources for Writers
See also information on other academic skills
Writing 22A offers instruction on selected topics in grammar and conventions of written English as needed to strengthen the writing skills of students whose primary language is not standard English. The course provides students practice in applying these concepts to editing their own writing. Designed for entering first-year students, enrollment limited to 22. Instructors are D. Scripture (College Eight faculty), and N. Krusoe. You can check the Schedule of Classes, but since there's many people adding and dropping, it may not be reliable. You can go to any section; if there's not room, they can tell you if another section has any. These fill up quickly, so don't delay.
Tutoring Free tutoring (if funding permits) is offered by the Academic Resource Center just over the hill from College 8.
General Advice on the Writing Process
Handy Flowcharts that map out how to write, read and edit.
Peter Elbow, author of the classic Writing Without Teachers on writing (video).
Politics and the English Language by George Orwell.
Doing research for a paper? Check out "Is Google Making Us Stupid?"
Why we don't use Wikipedia for university work. Wikipedia is not considered a legitimate source for college level work. See PRwatch article on corporations altering Wikipedia including Chevron deleting the entire article on bio-diesel, and Exxon rewriting the history of the Valdez oil spill.
The Pen Is Mightier Than The Phone: A Case For Writing Things Out.
How to Find and Use Sources
Software that generates citations (some research tools at our library can do this as well).
Examples of uses of sources with comments on plagiarism.
Writing help, as well as other academic skills **** A great cite with info on all aspects of doing well at university, including writing (for example essay exams and Liberal Arts exams -- pdf or Word docs).
Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary is an excellent resource for multilingual writers, since it's the only one that explains what different verb plus particle (preposition) combinations mean.
Online resources and tutorials from Diana Hacker.
Spelling Errors Send Red Flags To Employers (List of common errors).
Online resources to accompany Easywriter (but are free and can be used without; includes self-diagnostic tests and tutorials).
Short videos on many aspects of the the writing and research process.
ESL help (for people lucky enough who speak multiple languages)
Another site with ESL excercises
ESL resources and exercises from Hacker
Oxford English Dictionary (Prof. Rajan fav)