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Recommended Writing Links

Guide to Writing and Grammar This award-winning guide covers issues from the use of a, an, and the through the complexities of the argumentative essay. There are over 170 computer-graded quizzes to test your knowledge, and a place to submit questions about grammar and writing.

Sentence Sense Based on a published textbook by Capital Professor Evelyn Farbman, Sentence Sense is a complete online program in basic writing skills. It contains over 200 interactive exercises, pre-tests, practice and review sessions, and mastery tests.

Essay Writing Help

Writing Argumentative Essays

MLA Bibliographic Format, Sample Paper

APA Bibliographic Format, Sample Paper

Citation Machine

Topics for Research Papers

Purdue University Online Writing Lab Covers the "how to" of different writing assignments.

Avoiding Plagiarism also from the Purdue University On-Line Writing Lab.

Writer's Web Maintained by the Writing Center of the University of Richmond

Advice on Academic Writing
Administered by Dr. Margaret Proctor, Coordinator of Writing Support at the University of Toronto, this page has many useful and well written handouts for academic writers.

Paradigm: Online Writing Assistant
A superb, nicely organized, and extremely helpful guide for Composition. By Chuck Guilford, an English Professor at Boise State University

Some Suggestions for Writing Papers about Literature Recommendations that the English faculty at Capital has agreed upon for students writing about literature.

A Glossary of Literary Terms and A Handbook of Rhetorical Devices, from Professor Robert Harris of Southern California College.

Capital's Guide to Proofreading Symbols and Abbreviations An aid for students wondering what those squiggly marks are all over their papers and for instructors wondering what marks they should use.

Online Dictionaries, Thesauri, Encyclopedias, etc.

The Internet Grammar of English explains the functions and relations of word classes in English sentences, in order to teach readers the principles and rules governing grammatical structure.

Elements of Style
By William Strunk, Jr. This venerable book (some have called it overbearing) has been around for generations. The section on omitting needless words should be read by everyone. This online version does not contain the prefatory piece by E.B. White.

Modern English Grammar
Daniel Kies, Department of English, College of DuPage, maintains this complete and easy-to-navigate textbook.

"How to Critically Analyze Information Sources," a tutorial from Cornell University

Evaluating Web Sites

Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals