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The Writing Process This site from Cleveland State University provides a colorful, three-dimensional illustration of the writing process. Some Basic Terminology for the Writing Process “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Approaching the Assignment How to Read an Assignment from the Writing Center at UNC. Reading Strategies Reading Towards Writing

How to Be Original

“If written directions alone would suffice, libraries wouldn’t need to have the rest of the universities attached.”

— Judith Martin

Choosing a Topic The AIM Principle “As is your sort of mind, so is your sort of search: you’ll find what you desire.”

— Robert Browning

Brainstorming Planning/Prewriting from the Purdue OWL Creative and Lateral Thinking “Ideas are the cheapest part of the writing. They are free. The hard part is what you do with ideas you’ve gathered.”

— Jane Yolen

Writing a Thesis Thesis Writing Discussion of the Thesis How to Write a Thesis Statement

Thesis Statements

A well-crafted thesis statement reflects well-crafted ideas. It signals a writer who has intelligence, commitment, and enthusiasm.
Writing an Outline Developing an Outline from the Purdue OWL The Art of the Outline Outline: How They Can Improve Your Writing

Writing and Using Outlines

“Measure twice. Cut once.”

–Construction worker’s saying.

Doing Research Researching Your Topic Tips for Writing Research Papers “The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.”

— Samuel Johnson

Writing a First Draft Writing the First Draft Writing is “easily as complex and demanding as high-level mathematics or theoretical physics.”
Revising Revising Prose Higher Order Concerns and Lower Order Concerns

Cultivating a Critical Eye

“I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.”

— Truman Capote

Proofreading Editing and Proofreading Strategies Improving Sentence Clarity “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.”

— Mark Twain

Using Sources Using Source Materials: An Introduction Acknowledging Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism “The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”

— Mark Twain

The Essay What is an Academic Paper? Beginning the Academic Essay Some Basic Terminology for the Writing Process

Effective Academic Writing: The Argument

“Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret.”

— Matthew Arnold

The Research Paper Academic Writing: Research Papers The Research Paper Planning and Writing a Research Paper (see also Other Tips) “The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with.”

— William Faulkner

Critical Thinking Critical Reading Towards Critical Thinking “What is written without effort is read without pleasure.”

— Samuel Johnson

Style Improving Your Writing Style Attending to Style “Good writing is clear thinking made visible.”

— Bill Wheeler

Introductions Preparing to Write an Introduction “If you start with a bang, you won’t end with a whimper.”

— T.S. Eliot

Conclusions Conclusions Ending the Essay: Conclusions “A hard beginning maketh a good ending.”

— John Heywood

The Paragraph Developing Coherent Paragraphs “Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.”

— Henry David Thoreau

Transitions Writing Effective Transitions “The strokes of the pen need deliberation as much as the sword needs swiftness.”

— Julia Ward Howe

Common Errors Twelve Common Errors: An Editing Checklist “Easy writing makes hard reading.”

— Ernest Hemingway

Grammar Guide to Grammar and Style Guide to Grammar and Writing “The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”

— Thomas Jefferson

Essay Exams Timed Essays: Planning and Organizing in a Crunch The REDOER Strategy for Essay Exams Tips on Essay Exams

Writing Essay Exams

“I never know what I think about something until I read what I’ve written on it.”

— William Faulkner

The Personal Statement Writing Application Essays Effective Admission Essays Graduate School Essays “Personal examples carry more weight than preaching.”

— Chinese Proverb

ESL Issues Article Usage ESL Resources

ESL Independent Study Lab

Mark’s ESL World

“The english language is no one’s special property. It is the property of imagination.”

— Derek Walcott

Citing Sources Style Sheets for Citing Sources Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism “The human plagiarism which is most difficult to avoid for individuals is the plagiarism of ourself.”

— Marcel Proust

MLA Citations MLA Citation Guide Citation Guides “The intelligible forms of ancient poets, The fair humanities of old religion . . .”

— S. T. Coleridge

APA Citations and others Guide to Citation Style Guides Citing Sources APA Style Citation Guides “The only ‘ism’ Hollywood believes in is plagiarism.”

— Dorothy Parker

Avoiding Plagiarism The Academic Integrity Project


How Not To Plagiarize Student Judicial Affairs at UC Davis “The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or to say a new thing in an old way.”

— Richard Harding Davis

UC Davis Resources Writing in the Disciplines The University Writing Program

Prized Writing

Writing in the Disciplines Workshop Program

“An adjective habit, or a wordy, diffuse, flowery habit, once fastened upon a person, is as hard to get rid of as any other vice.”

— Mark Twain

Writing the MCAT Essay Strategies for the Successful MCAT Writing Sample The MCAT Writing Sample “A doctor, like anyone else who has to deal with human beings, each of them unique, cannot be a scientist; he is either, like the surgeon, a craftsman, or, like the physician and the psychologist, an artist.”

— W.H. Auden

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