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If you have any suggestions for material or topics that you would like to see added to the Writing Center, please let me know! Post your suggestions and comments here.

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on October 04, 2013, 02:33:28 pm

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No New Posts MLA Style: Formatting and Citation

Proper documentation, citation and thorough research are an integral part in the writing process. This section of the Writing Center should be used to explore the proper citation of sources in-text and in the list of Works Cited, methods of research, and appropriate documentation.

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on October 02, 2013, 11:43:44 am

No New Posts Proofreading Assistance

Proofreading is a fundamental step in effective writing. Using computer programs to edit is helpful, but it is often useful to have others read your work. This step in the writing process can assist in developing clearer ideas, catching grammar and spelling mistakes, and correcting sentence structure issues. In this area of the Writing Center you can submit portions of your writing for advice. Please remember to ask the tutor SPECIFIC questions as to what areas of concern you would like to have addressed. The more specific you are, the more focused the response you receive will be. Make sure to view other student questions in the discussion thread as well for further information!

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on December 20, 2013, 06:45:02 pm

No New Posts APA Style: Formatting and Citation

Although most general education courses require the use of MLA style, the sciences employ APA style instead. Use this forum to explore APA style in terms of source documentation, citation, and formatting.

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No New Posts The Writing Process

Successful writing should be thought of as a process. As a process, it takes many steps to create a finished product that is clear, concise, and effective. This area of the Writing Center should be used for questions involved in the writing process, questions such as: How do I write an effective outline? What is brainstorming? When should I start the rough draft process? What is the first step to writing an effective research paper? Questions regarding how to write an effective topic sentence, how to organize the structure of a paragraph, and how to I formulate an effective topic sentence can also be discussed here. Make sure to view other student questions in the discussion thread as well for further information!

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No New Posts Research and Writing Strategies

Visit this forum with questions regarding effective research practices, information literacy, and critical thinking strategies.

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on July 26, 2013, 01:27:43 pm

No New Posts Punctuation and Sentence Structure

Punctuation and sentence structure are often difficult and intimidating areas for students to address when writing. This section of the Writing Center should be used to raise questions regarding sentence-level questions in order to facilitate clear writing and communication. Make sure to view other student questions in the discussion thread as well for further information!

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* Tip of the Week: A+ Discussion Responses

Check out this tutorial for an example of how to compose a thorough and praise-worthy discussion forum response.

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* APA Tutorial! NEW :)

Here is a link to a fabulous tutorial on APA style. This is great for beginners or as a refresher.

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* Avoiding Run-On Sentences

View this video for tips on using commas to avoid run-on sentences.

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* Tip of the Week: The Importance of Formal Writing

Have you ever wondered what poor punctuation or textease says about you in the eyes of your reader? No matter what it is that you are writing, it is critically important to consider what your writing looks like from your readerÝs perspective. Please follow this link to access this Tip of the Week: ýReader rotfl? Write Well to Look Good!ţ

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* Tip of the Week: Comma Clarity

One of the most common punctuation errors made by writers at any level is comma misplacement. Has your instructor ever told you that your writing contains sentence fragments or that you need to watch out for dependent clauses? Was your response: watch out for dependent what??!! If so, please press play to access this weekÝs Tip of the Week: ýComma Clarity: Finding and Fixing the Elusive Fragment!ţ

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* Tip of the Week: How to Cite a Web Site

As online students, the Web is most likely your go to source for research and information. ThatÝs okay, as long as you know how to give credit where credit is due. Has your instructor ever told you that your citation is incorrect, or that you need to include it -- period? Did you throw your hands in the air and yell: citing online sources is too confusing!! If so, please follow this link to access this weekÝs Tip of the Week: "How to Cite a Site."

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* Tip of the Week: A+ Peer Response

Knowing how to respond to your classmates can be perplexing. In fact, participating in discussion can be just as intimidating as composing your assignments. Rest assured that it is possible to provide constructive and effective feedback, even if you donÝt feel comfortable doing so. Please follow this link for a quick tutorial on composing peer responses!

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* MLA Overview

This video provides a general overview of MLA formatting and citation style.

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* Semicolons and Colons

Check out this video for a few tips on using the semicolon and the colon to add variety to sentence structure.

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* Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers

"I saw mounds of trash walking along the city streets." Who, exactly, is doing the walking in this sentence? You, or the trash? Avoiding confusion is meaning is often simply a matter of correcting a dangling or misplaced modifier. View this video to learn how to edit this error on your own!

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* Pronoun Reference

Have you ever wondered what an antecedent is? How do you determine whether he, she, it, or their is the best pronoun choice? View this video to find out.

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No New Posts MLA Citation Style

Here you will find handouts and presentations on the topic of MLA style. Feel free to download and print for future reference!

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Last post by kbutler
in Sample MLA Essay!!!
on December 08, 2011, 09:26:26 am

No New Posts Tips of the Week -- Without Audio

These are the Tip of the Week presentations without the audio overlay. Feel free to download for your reference.

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Last post by kbutler
in How to Cite a Site
on December 13, 2011, 06:08:35 pm

No New Posts Commas, Semicolons, and Colons

Here you will find handouts regarding the correct use of commas, semicolons, and colons -- all common troublemakers with surprisingly simple rules of use.

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Last post by kbutler
in Commas, Semicolons, and ...
on December 13, 2011, 08:13:23 pm

No New Posts Sentence Structure

Here you will find handouts on topics such as subject/verb agreement, how to use dashes, the difference between who and whom, and much more.

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Last post by kbutler
in Pronoun Reference
on December 14, 2011, 08:09:14 pm

No New Posts Paragraphing and Essays

Here you will find information on various modes of writing (such as narrative and classification), effective paragraphing, introductions, conclusions, and much more.

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Last post by kbutler
in Outlining
on December 14, 2011, 08:02:46 pm

No New Posts Research and Information Literacy

Here you will find information on how to identify credible sources, how to compose a research proposal, and more.

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Last post by kbutler
in The Writing Process
on December 14, 2011, 09:25:10 am

No New Posts Tips for English language learners

Here you will find information on topics typically raised by students using English as a second language. Addressing these common trouble spots will help to add clarity and focus to your writing.

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in Definite and Indefinite ...
on December 14, 2011, 08:12:59 pm

Web Resources

* Comparison-Contrast Essay

This link contains detailed information about drafting, organizing, and writing a comparison-contrast essay. Please check it out!

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* Classification Essay

By popular demand, I am posting a link to a website containing information about classification essays. Typically this type of essay can be a bit confusing for some students. Hopefully this article will provide insight and clarification.

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* Strategies for writing a conclusion

This site contains an excellent survey of the various ways to create an effective conclusion for your essay. I highly recommend it!!

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* Active V. Passive Voice

Check out this explanation of how to avoid passive voice in your writing. Using passive voice weakens the impact of your writing, so always write actively!

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* English Verbs and Tense

Learn English Network This site presents several charts that help to understand the many tenses that English verb forms can take.

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* Note Taking Systems

CalPoly Student Academic Services This site offers an explanation and examples of several note taking systems.

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* How to Cite Government Documents

Are you trying to cite a law, legal case study, or statute? Follow this site to find out how.

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* Rules for Numbers in Writing

Do you spell them out or use numerals? Follow this link to find out!

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* Using the Third Person Point of View

Information on the third person point of view.

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* The Informative Essay

C. Munzenmaier -- Urbandale, IA What is an informative essay? Follow this link to find out and to learn how to put one together.

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* Verbs and Verb Use

Capital Community College Foundation Trouble with verb use? Want a bit of a review? Check this site out.

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* Learn How to Spell Confidently!

Having trouble spelling? This site offers wonderful tools to help catch your own errors before you hand in your work :).

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* Sentence Diagramming 101

Knowing how to diagram a sentence can help dramatically add to the clarity and correctness of your writing. Check this site out for assistance in this area.

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* How to Compose a Literature Review

The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill This site offers an explanation of what a literature review is and how to create one. This will be useful for upper level English courses

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* 10 Words to Stop Misspelling!

This site provides a fun and informative way to explore commonly misspelled words.

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* Citing Web Sources

Follow this link for generalized information, with examples, regarding how to cite sources found on the Web with MLA style.

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* Informative Writing

Information on the Informative mode of writing.

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* Games for Language Learners!!

This site offers some excellent games for those learning the English Language -- it is fun and informative. Check it out!

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* More Language Games!

More games :)

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* ESL Book Suggestion

This is a great text for language learners and I highly recommend it as a supplemental text.

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* ESL Assistance

This site offers a wide variety of handouts, information, and explanation for those students learning English as a second language.

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* Help with Annotated Bibliographies

This site offers an explanation regarding how to create an annotated bibliography in MLA style.

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* How to Cite Images, Figures, and Tables with MLA Style

This page offers an explanation for how to cite images, figures, and tables in your research paper using MLA style.

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* How to Cite Images and Clip Art

Check out this Cornell University link for rules regarding the citation of images gained through the Web. Keep in mind that Cornell Medical Collegeclip art from Microsoft is royalty free -- no need to cite!

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* Effect vs. Affect

This page, produced by Washington State University, offers a very clear explanation of the difference between the words effect and affect. Check it out if you find these words confusing! Trust me, we all do :).

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* Info on the Narrative Mode of Writing

This site offers a lovely exploration of the Narrative mode of writing. This will be helpful for Eng 1010, Eng 095, and SS100 courses.

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* Rhetorical Modes

This Dalton State University site offers a lovely explanation of the role that Rhetorical Mode can play in your writing. Very useful, particularly for the English 095 course, but certainly well beyond.

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* How to Read Actively

This web site from the University of Manchester offers an excellent overview of how to actively engage with what you read as a critical thinker. This will truly help to raise your reading skill to the next level.

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* Topic Sentences

This is a wonderful article by Dorothy Turner that comes out of the University of Ottawa. It includes a clever narrative that illustrates the function of the topic sentence beautifully. Check it out!

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* The Purdue U Online Writing Lab -- OWL

This is a comprehensive web site that is highly praised in academia. The site covers many topics, from MLA to paragraph development. Check it out for detailed examples and worksheets!

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* Thesis Statements and Research Papers

This is an excellent handout that will help to determine the breadth and depth of your thesis statement. It also explores the difference between a research question and a thesis.

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* Developing an Outline

This Purdue University site offers an excellent run-down on how to create an effective outline. This technique is useful for note taking as well as organizing your writing. Try a reverse outline of your own writing to check on your organization!

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