Academic Writing & Citation

Find information on the following topics below:

  1. Writing Resources
  2. Writing Help
  3. Citation How-to
  4. Planning, Writing, Revising your Essay

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1. Writing Resources

Online Writing Guides

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): Academic Writing

  • Provides tips and exercises on starting to write, logic, establishing arguments, emphasis, conciseness, active/passive voice, and more. Also included are examples and videos.

The Elements of Style

  • This electronic version of the classic reference book covers basic rules of English language usage, principles of composition, form, words & expressions commonly misused, and commonly misspelled words.

Writing in College: A Short Guide to College Writing

  • from University of Chicago

The Writer’s Handbook

  • from the University of Wisconsin

The Transition from High School to University Writing

  • from University of Toronto

Strategies for Academic Writing

  • from SUNY Empire College

2. Writing Help

Basic Guidelines

Writing is a process of organizing and expressing your thoughts. College research assignments often require you to:

  • Pose a question worth exploring
  • Read widely in search of possible answers
  • Interpret what you read
  • Draw reasoned conclusions
  • Support those conclusions with valid and well-documented evidence

Check out the following help sheets, set a realistic timeline, and ask library staff for research assistance.

Online Grammar Guides

Grammar Handbook (University of Illinois)

  • Provides explanations and examples of basic grammatical rules. Outlines parts of speech, phrases, clauses, sentences, and common problems of usage.

English Grammar Guide

  • An online guide to English grammar, with a comprehensive Table of Contents containing 120 alphabetically arranged subject areas. The bottom of the main page features a Grammar Guru offering answers to questions asked by users.

3. Citation How-to

How to Cite

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Help Sheets

Video Tutorials – Referencing

Citation Management Software

4. Planning, Writing, Revising your Essay

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