Composition and Style

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The 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.

A 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 editing.

Guide 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.

Outline 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 paragraphs.

Paradigm: 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).

Tips-O-Matic: 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.

OWL (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.

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