The following links offer access to a variety of Web sites that contain publicly accessible online tips, guides, and handouts for writing. Some of the web sites have very specific links (e.g., how to write a paragraph) while some are very general (e.g., thinking about how to start the writing process). We’ve included resources for writing, grammar, dictionaries, and how to avoid plagiarism. The Library Services section of the West Georgia Technical College web site also includes an additional section of links on citing sources using APA or MLA style.
We have tried to include a variety of Web sites with the rationale that one size doesn’t fit all. We hope that one of the sites listed will provide useful links/information to assist you in your writing assignments while at West Central Technical College.
Note: These materials should be used as an addition and supplement to the resources that are recommended by your instructor.
Purdue University Online Writing Center
One of the most comprehensive online writing centers (OWL) available. Includes a section of resources for “Non-Purdue College Level Instructors and Students”. Links to information about the writing process: creating a thesis statement , introductory paragraphs, body and conclusion for argument papers, exploratory papers, punctuation, grammar and mechanics, writing paragraphs, developing an outline, evaluating sources of information, tips for writing resumes and cover letters, email etiquette for students, and many other topics.
The original Purdue online writing center handouts and materials section provides a quick, printable resource for grammar, punctuation, and spelling rules. The Workshops and Presentations section also provides PowerPoint presentations on various topics. Writing Research Papers: A Step by Step Guide includes a checklist for writing your research paper.
Originally Charles Darling’s Guide to Grammar and Writing, this site is now maintained by Capital Community College Foundation. This is the ultimate guide to everything about the English-language, and it is extremely easy to navigate. It contains excellent examples, quizzes, PowerPoint presentations, further resources, etc. This website provides an immense amount of information on grammar and writing. It also provides information on MLA and other formats of citation.
Roane State Community College Online Writing Lab
Resources targeted to community college users. This site does includes links to other Online Writing Centers, but does have a sections of writing resources only available at Roane State Community College users.
The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin Madison handouts on: Stages of the writing process, common types of writing assignments, grammar and punctuation, improving your writing style, and citing references in your paper. The Writer's Handbook includes a section on planning and writing a research paper.
The UVic Writer's Guide (The University of Victoria Writer’s Guide)
This site is older, but information is still applicable. Includes the following:
Sections on writing essays (Writing Essays);
Types of essays; how to write different types of essays;
Writing paragraphs (Writing Paragraphs);
Writing clear sentences, definitions of literary terms and Grammar.
The University of Richmond Writing Center
Sections on getting started, sentence structure, punctuation, peer editing, etc.
Writing at the University of Toronto
Sections on how to organize your essay and general advice on academic writing.
Colorado State University Writing Center
Many different resources; Writing Activities and the Writing Center do require a login and password (created by you)
Robin L. Simmons's Grammar Bytes! Grammar Instruction with Attitude – This site is excellent for grammar purposes. It contains information under the categories of terms, exercises, handouts, and tips and rules. The Tips and Rules section is a quick way to find specific grammar rules and explanations.
English Plus+’s Grammar Slammer – This site offers information regarding general and specific grammar topics. It begins with larger topics and narrows the focus to specific areas (Ex. from Style & Usage to Sentence Fragments). However, it does not give many examples, and the explanations are rather short.
Jack Lynch's Guide to Grammar and Style – It is kept updated and is extremely in-depth. The author provides an alphabetical list of topics. It may be difficult to find what you are looking for, but it’s probably there somewhere. This guide also lists textual references and other websites for further perusal.
Paul Brian's Common Errors in English – This website contains information regarding word usage errors: homonyms, homophones, heteronyms, etc. There is no grammar discussed beyond that; however, the author does provide a few websites for further information.
The Blue Book of Punctuation and Grammar– Jane Straus' easy-to-use reference guide and workbook is now available as an online resource. Sells a book, but does have some free resources.
Dictionaries & Thesauri
An online dictionary that provides easy access to multiple references.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus (Merriam-Webster Online)
A searchable online version of the classic Roget’s Thesaurus.
Oxford English Dictionary - OED Online
The OED is an unsurpassed guide that details the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words. The complete OED online is accessible from on campus computer terminals only. The OED is also available as a GALILEO database.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (1919 edition)
A collection of passages, phrases, and proverbs along with their sources traced back to Ancient and Modern Literature.
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
Over 90,000 entries feature 10,000 new words and senses, 70,000 audio word pronunciations, 900 full-page color illustrations, language notes, and word-root appendixes.
American Heritage Book of English Usage
With a detailed look at grammar, style, diction, word formation, gender, social groups and scientific forms, this valuable reference work is ideal for students, writers, academicians and anybody concerned about proper writing style.
Credo Reference (available only on campus) provides access to a large number of dictionaries and encyclopedias available to West Central Technical College students. Resources include Roget’s II Thesaurus and American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language.
Galileo’s Online Learning Center Unit 8: "Giving Credit Where Credit is Due" has a section on copyright, citing sources, and the perils of plagiarism.
The University of Kansas Writing Center has a section on “Avoiding Plagiarism.”
Purdue University OWL "Avoiding Plagiarism"
Also check the WGTC Student Handbook for WGTC’s definition of plagiarism.
George Mason University Writing Center has online powerpoint presentations on:
Evaluating, Documenting, and Citing Resources
Quoting, Summarizing, and Paraphrasing Resources
The St. Martin's Tutorial on Avoiding Plagiarism (You will be prompted to create an account, but the tutorial is free for students.)
Goucher College: Plagiarism-by-Paraphrase Risk Quiz, which includes discipline-specific quizzes.
Simon Fraser Univeristy Plagiarism Tutorial has sections on using quotations, paraphrasing, summarizing, and citing references.