General Writing Resources
- The Writing Process These resources will help you with the writing process: pre-writing (invention), developing research questions and outlines, composing thesis statements, and proofreading. While the writing process may be different for each person and for each particular assignment, the resources contained in this section follow the general work flow of pre-writing, organizing, and revising. For resources and examples on specific types of writing assignments, please go to our Common Writing Assignments area.
- Academic Writing These resources will help you with the types of writing you may encounter while in college. The resources range from rhetorical approaches for writing, to document organization, to sentence level work, such as clarity. For specific examples of writing assignments, please see our Common Writing Assignments area.
- Common Writing Assignments These resources will help you understand and complete specific types of writing assignments, such as annotated bibliographies, book reports, and research papers. This section also includes resources on writing academic proposals for conference presentations, journal articles, and books.
- Mechanics These resources will help you with sentence level organization and style. This area includes resources on writing issues, such as active and passive voice, parallel sentence structure, parts of speech, and transitions.
- Grammar These resources will help you use correct grammar in your writing. This area includes resources on grammar topics, such as count and non-count nouns, articles (a versus an), subject-verb agreement, and prepositions.
- Punctuation These resources will help you with punctuation, such as using commas, quotation marks, apostrophes, and hyphens.
- Visual Rhetoric These resources will help you understand and work with rhetorical theories regarding visual and graphical displays of information. This area includes resources on analyzing and producing visual rhetoric, working with colors, and designing effective slide presentations.
Writing and Research Assistance
Technical Writing in Science and Engineering
· Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students from Penn State
· Help with Technical Writing from the UBC Statistics Department
· Advice on Research and Writing from Carnegie Mellon University
Writing an Abstract
Abstracts briefly summarize the main findings of a paper or book. By reading an abstract, the reader can tell whether or not a paper or book will cover the material in which they are interested.
These sites have good information on writing an abstract:
Not all information published in books or on the internet is credible or appropriate for your needs. It is important to make sure the sources you use are credible and at the right level for what your are doing.
These pages are useful guides to evaluate your sources:
- Evaluating Print Resources
- Evaluating Internet Resources
- Evaluating Print Sources from Bowling Green State University Library
- Evaluating Print Resources from the University of Alabama Libraries
- Evaluating Resources from Duke Libraries
- Evaluating Web Content from the University at Albany Libraries
- Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply and Questions to Ask from the Berkeley Libraries
- Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet from the University of Alberta Libraries
- Checklist for Evaluating Web Resources from the University of Southern Maine
Citing Sources & Plagiarism
By listing the sources from which you got your information, you give credit to the people who did the original research. Not giving credit is plagiarism.
Citing your sources also gives your readers the ability to look at that information and read more about the topic.
Citation Style Guides from the UBC Chapman Learning Commons, with instructions and examples for citing sources in APA, MLA, and Chicago/Turabian Styles.
Here is some useful information from the UBC Plagiarism Resource Centre to help you cite your sources:
The University makes Turnitin software available to assist writers in making proper attributions and avoid plagiarism. Training guides and videos are available at Turnitin.com. For information on using Turnitin Click here go to video tutorials, training guides, and manuals @ http://www.turnitin.com/. Click here to go to www.Turnitin.com home page.