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Table of Contents

Part One: The Writing Process

1. Learning the Writing Process
2. Gathering Information
3. Focusing on the Central Idea
4. Outlining and Drafting an Essay
5. Rewriting Drafts
6. Preparing a Final Copy
7. Writing Focused, Unified, and Coherent Paragraphs
8. Developing Ideas and Arranging Details in a Paragraph
9. Writing Introductions and Conclusions

Part Two: Research Process

10. Learning How to Research and Take Notes

Part Three: Researching Online

11. Learning How to Research Using Electronic Sources

Part Four: MLA Documentation

12. Writing the Research Paper Using Modern Language Association (MLA) Format

Part Five: APA Documentation

13. Writing the Research Paper Using the American Psychological Association (APA) Format

Part Six: Chicago and CBE Documentation

14. Writing the Research Paper Using Other Formats

Part Seven: Special Assignments: Arguments, Literature, Business Writing

15. Writing Argument
16. Literary Papers
17. Writing for Business

Part Eight: Sentence Sense

18. Sentence Building Blocks
19. Sentence Structure
20. Sentence Logic and Effectiveness

Part Nine: Correct Usage

21. Agreement
22. Verb Forms and Tenses
23. Pronouns
24. Adjectives and Adverbs
25. Word Choice
26 Wordiness

Part Ten: Punctuation, Spelling, and Mechanics

27 End Punctuation
28 Commas
29 Semicolons and Colons
30 Other Marks of Punctuation
31 Spelling
32 Mechanics

Part Eleven: Document Design

33 Principles of Design

Part Twelve: Guide for ESL Writers

34 Additional Help for ESL Writers

Part One: The Writing Process [top]

  1. Learning the Writing Process [top]

The writing process consists of various stages: prewriting, writing a rough draft, revising, editing and proofreading and publishing (giving it to a publisher or teacher).

Process

Avoid Procrastination

Using Computers

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2. Gathering Information [top]

Early stages of the process consist of collecting data from internal sources (thinking) or from external sources (reading or interviewing).

Invention

Freewriting

Brainstorming

Clustering

Idea Tree

Summarizing

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  1. Focusing on the Central Idea [top]

The writing process continues as one focuses on a central concern.

Thesis Statement

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  1. Outlining and Drafting an Essay [top]

The writing process continues as one outlines and writes a draft.

Outlining

Drafting

Audience

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5. Rewriting Drafts [top]

Revising the draft is vital in the writing process.

Revisions

Editing Process, by Charles Darling, Capital Community-Technical College.

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6. Preparing a Final Copy [top]

Completing the process occurs as the writer edits and proofreads for the final times.

Editing

Peer Editing Guide

Proofreading

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7. Writing Focused, Unified, and Coherent Paragraphs [top]

Unified and Coherent Paragraphs

Topic Sentence

Transitions

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8. Developing Ideas and Arranging Details in a Paragraph [top]

Organization

Narration

Description

Definition

Persuasion

Patterns of Arrangement

General to Specific

Specific to General

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9. Writing Introductions and Conclusions [top]

Introductions

Conclusions

Part Two: Research Process [top]

10. Learning How to Research and Take Notes [top]

Research Process

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Collecting Information

Note Taking

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Part Three: Researching Online [top]

11. Learning How to Research Using Electronic Sources [top]

Many university libraries are a great source of information about doing research. Start with your local university library online.

Electronic Sources

Evaluate Internet Sources

Web Indexes

Sites that have been selected and organized into useful categories are of value to researchers.

Search Engines

Meta Search Engines

Multiple search engine all in one site

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Part Four: MLA Documentation [top]

12. Writing the Research Paper Using Modern Language Association (MLA) Format [top]

Suggestions on MLA Documentation

Resource Links to Citation Sites

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Part Five: APA Documentation [top]

13. Writing the Research Paper Using the American Psychological Association (APA) Format [top]

Suggestions on APA Documentation

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Part Six: Chicago and CBE Documentation [top]

14. Writing the Research Paper Using Other Formats [top]

Chicago Manual Style

Suggestions on Using Chicago Manual Style

Dealing with Electronic Sources

CBE Style

Suggestions on CBE Citation

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Part Seven: Special Assignments: Arguments, Literature, Business Writing [top]

15. Writing Argument [top]

Writing a good argument essay besides taking time, effort, and research, requires understanding rhetorical analysis.

Argument

Logic

Logical Fallacies

Rhetorical Analysis

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16. Literary Papers [top]

Tips on Writing

Terms

Literary Online Resources

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17. Writing for Business [top]

Business Letters

Memos

Resumes

Web Resumes

Cover Letters

E-mail

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Part Eight: Sentence Sense [top]

18. Sentence Building Blocks [top]

Sentences

Clauses

Phrases

Parts of Speech

1. Nouns

2. Pronouns

3. Verbs

4. Articles

5. Adjectives

6. Adverbs

7. Prepositions

8. Conjunctions

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19. Sentence Structure [top]

Fragment

Fused

Comma Splice

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20. Sentence Logic and Effectiveness [top]

Misplaces and Dangling Modifiers

Avoid Dangling Modifiers

Misplaced Modifiers

Parallelism

Avoid Faulty Shifts

Active Voice Vs. Passive Voice

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Part Nine: Correct Usage [top]

21. Agreement [top]

Subject-verb Agreement

Pronoun Antecedent Agreement

Nonsexist Language

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22. Verb Forms and Tenses [top]

Verbs

Present Tense

Perfect Tense

Linking Verbs

Helping Verbs

Irregular Verbs

Active and Passive Voice

Moods

Subjunctive Mood

Conditional Mood

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23. Pronouns [top]

Personal

Indefinite

Reflexive

Pronoun Case

Pronoun Reference

24. Adjectives and Adverbs [top]

Comparatives and Superlatives

Adjectives

Adverbs

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25. Word Choice [top]

Dictionaries

Thesaurus

Tone

Avoid Slang

Avoid Cliches

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26 Wordiness [top]

Synonyms

Avoid Being Wordy

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Part Ten: Punctuation, Spelling, and Mechanics [top]

27 End Punctuation [top]

Declarative sentences use periods.

Interrogative sentences use question marks.

Imperative sentences use periods or exclamation marks.

End Punctuation

Punctuation

With Quotation Marks

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28 Commas [top]

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29 Semicolons and Colons [top]

Semicolons

Colons

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30 Other Marks of Punctuation [top]

Quotation Marks

Single Quotation Marks

Ellipsis

Brackets

Dash

Apostrophe

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31 Spelling [top]

Spelling Rules

Hyphen

Online Spell Checker

Spell Checker

Frequently Misspelled Words

American Vs. British Spelling

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32 Mechanics [top]

Capitalization

Parentheses

Numbers

Italics

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Part Eleven: Document Design [top]

33 Principles of Design [top]

Document Design

Graphic and Tables

Web Design

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Part Twelve: Guide for ESL Writers [top]

34 Additional Help for ESL Writers [top]

General ESL Sites

Articles

Modals

Count and Non-Count Nouns

Adjectives and Adverbs

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