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Online Resources

Please see below for some online resources you can consult on a range of writing topics.  We make every effort to be current, but sometimes links change.  We appreciate your patience with any unworkable links.  Please email writingcenter at duq.edu, if you find broken links or have suggestions for links to add.

Check out our print writing and research resources, too.

general | grammar | citation | dictionaries | research | source evaluation


General

Purdue Online Writing Lab

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/

The Purdue OWL is a great resource for advice on all things writing.  It provides links to explanations of a wide variety of topics, from creating a thesis statement to developing an outline; from citing sources in MLA and APA to writing cover letters, memos, and scientific documents; from starting the writing process to quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing.  This web site is a good first stop for clearly comprehensible discussions of writing topics.

 

International Writing Centers Association: Resources for Writers

http://writingcenters.org/resources/resources-for-writers/

The IWCA offers links to resources on language, style, citation, and a variety of other writing issues.  A hub of writing center activity, the IWCA web site can be a good starting place when looking for resources on writing center work.

The Importance of Being Edited

http://theimportanceofbeingedited.wordpress.com

This web site offers coaching, guest blogging opportunities, articles that encourage writers or highlight opportunities, and humorous and helpful editing advice.

The Dragon and the Mouse

http://rachelluckenbill.wordpress.com

One of the Writing Center's former consultants, Rachel Luckenbill, maintains a blog to help writers who use dictation software think through the unique challenges they face.

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Grammar

Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

http://grammar.qdnow.com/

This is a fun web site for seeking answers to nagging grammar questions. Grammar Girl offers podcasts on a host of grammar topics, from the correct use of single and double quotation marks and the difference between affect and effect to the correct use of prepositions and the difference between i.e. and e.g.. Explanations are provided as audio podcasts and written transcripts.

 

University of Illinois Grammar Handbook

http://www.cws.illinois.edu/workshop/writers/

The Grammar Handbook offers explanations of basic parts of speech (e.g., nouns, verbs, adjectives) and sentence elements (e.g., direct and indirect objects), as well as common usage problems (e.g., homonyms, run-on sentences).  It provides examples to help illustrate each grammatical concept.

Tongue Untied

http://www.grammaruntied.com/blog/

This blog provies useful information and quizzes to help you brush up on your grammar.

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Citation

APA (American Psychological Association) Citation Style

http://www.cws.illinois.edu/workshop/writers/citation/apa/

The APA citation handbook at the Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois provides explanations of how to cite specific kinds of sources in APA style.  It provides examples of each that offer models for what these citations look like. These examples are broken down into easily searchable categories (e.g., citing articles in weekly periodicals, citing a chapter in an edited collection).

http://www.apastyle.org/learn/faqs/index.aspx

The APA web site provides a helpful FAQ page with an hyperlinked table of contents that you can search for answers to some of the most common questions regarding APA style.

http://blog.apastyle.org/

The APA maintains a blog that is a good source for answers to questions you cannot find elsewhere as it addresses current and tricky topics..

http://www2.liu.edu/cwis/cwp/library/workshop/citapa.htm

This web site from Long Island University Library offers clear examples of APA citations for different types of sources.

 

MLA (Modern Language Association) Citation Style

http://www.cws.illinois.edu/workshop/writers/citation/mla/

The MLA citation handbook at the Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois provides explanations of how to cite specific kinds of sources in MLA style.  It provides examples of each that offer models for what these citations look like.  These examples are broken down into easily searchable categories (e.g., citing corporate authors, citing items in an anthology).

http://www2.liu.edu/cwis/cwp/library/workshop/citmla.htm

This web site from Long Island University offers clear examples of MLA citations for different types of sources.

Chicago Citation Style

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

This web site companion to The Chicago Manual of Style provides examples for both Chicago documentation systems: notes and bibliography (generally used in the humanities) and author-date (generally used in the sciences).

AMA (American Medical Association) Citation Style

http://www.library.illinois.edu/learn/research/citation/ama.html

The AMA citation handbook provides explanations of how to cite specific kinds of sources in AMA style. It provides color-coded examples of each that offer models for what these citations look like. These examples are broken down into easily searchable categories.

http://usa-document.com/lb/AMA%20citation.pdf

This University of St. Augustine reference provides examples of references entries for the most common types of sources.

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Dictionaries and Thesauri

Dictionary.com

http://dictionary.reference.com/

This web site offers a searchable dictionary, thesaurus, and encyclopedia.  Results are provided from multiple different sources (e.g., multiple different dictionaries). The site offers handy links to what citations of results would look like in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles.

 

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus

http://www.m-w.com/

This web site offers online searchable versions of Merriam-Webster’s dictionary and thesaurus.

 

Visual Thesaurus

http://www.visualthesaurus.com/

A new spin on the traditional thesaurus, this web site provides a visual representation of the relationships between synonyms.  While you must now pay to subscribe to the full service, you can look up a few terms for free.

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Research

Gumberg Library

http://www.duq.edu/library

The library's web site provides a good first step in conducting research. If you have questions, feel free to ask a librarian.

http://guides.library.duq.edu/dbs

This page provides links, organized by title and subject, to the databases to which Gumberg Library subscribes, many of which offer full-text articles.

 

Google Scholar

http://scholar.google.com/

A preferable alternative to regular Google when searching for scholarly sources, Google Scholar screens its search results to provide those from scholarly publications, making its results more suitable to use in an academic paper.

 

Directory of Open Access Journals

http://doaj.org/

This web site provides links to free, full-text scholarly journal articles.

 

Internet Public Library

http://www.ipl.org/div/subject/browse/hum60.60.00/

The IPL provides access to free, full-text books.

 

PALCI E-ZBorrow

http://guides.library.duq.edu/e-zborrow

The Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. E-ZBorrow system allows you to request books from academic libraries across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and West Virginia.

 

AccessPA

http://205.247.101.11/

AccessPA provides access to academic and public libraries across Pennsylvania.

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Source Evaluation

Librarians' Internet Index

http://www.lii.org/

The LII provides links to librarian-approved web sites on a wide variety of subjects.

 

WhoIs

http://www.networksolutions.com/whois/index.jsp

This web site allows you to determine who registered a domain name for a web site to help you determine its credibility.

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