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Elements of Style. This
classic reference book is a must-have for any student and conscientious
writer. It gives the principal requirements of plain English style and
concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of
composition most commonly violated.
Brief Overview of the Writing Process. This
short page is part of the Writing Project at West Virginia University.
It discusses prewriting, writing the first draft, revising, and
to Writing a Basic Essay. This
site takes you step-by-step through the essay process.
Its sections include topic, outline, thesis, body, introduction,
and conclusion. It also
provides a sample essay.
of the Five-Paragraph Essay.
Marla DeSoto at Maricopa Community College has prepared this
discussion of the essay process. She
presents a complete essay and discusses the elements of each of its five
Online Writing Assistant. Dr.
Chuck Guildford of Boise State University discusses the writing process
in general (discovering what to write, organizing, revising, editing,
and documenting) and types of essays in particular (informal,
thesis/support, exploratory, and argumentative).
Essays. This site
discusses the basic parts of the essay (introduction, supportive
paragraphs, summary paragraph), how to write an essay (prewriting,
writing, editing), and kinds of essays (definition, classification,
description, comparison/contrast, etc.)
Click on the Tips-O-Matic link at the bottom of the page for more
information on sentences and paragraphs.
Sentence Sense: A Writer's Guide. This online textbook in basic
writing was written by Evelyn Frabman and prepared for the Internet by
Charles Darling, both professors of English at Capital Community
College, Hartford, Connecticut.
(Online Writing Lab): Purdue’s Writing Lab.
Purdue has one of the largest Online Writing Labs on the Web,
covering everything from punctuation and parts of speech to English as a
Second Language. This link will take you to the Complete Index by Topic
where you have access to a great variety of handouts.