Resources for Writers

Virginia Tech Writing Center

“The Virginia Tech Writing Center is open to all Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff, at all levels. We work with writing and reading assignments from any course in the University. We can also help you with writing projects that are not linked to classes. The Center is free and open for regular appointments or walk-in sessions.”

The OWL
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.

How to Write Your Best

A blog by retired VT superinstructor Ed Weathers. With humor, intelligence, and charm, Ed constructs memorable and entertaining lessons in improving one’s writing. Fun to read! Direct your students to pertinent entries, or recycle details for your own in-class presentations!

Lynch, Guide to Grammar and Style

Diana Hacker’s Site

This site offers the following features:

An extensive annotated list of specialized sources for more than 30 disciplines. The resources are organized by type—databases and indexes, Web resources, and reference books—under four main categories: Humanities, Social Sciences, History, and Sciences.

Guidelines for documenting print and online sources. These guidelines provide the most current advice available for MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE styles.

Sample papers with annotations for MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE styles.

Tips for evaluating print and online sources.

A list of style manuals for a variety of disciplines.

A glossary of research terms.

How to Write Strong Arguments
Hierarchy of logical fallacies.

How to Disagree
A hierarchy of ways to disagree.

Effective Rhetorical Strategies of Repetition
When it came to practicing effective strategies of repetition, rhetoricians in ancient Greece and Rome had a big bag full of tricks, each with a fancy name. Here are seven common strategies–with some fairly up-to-date examples.

Revising Introductions

Phrase Thesaurus – ideas generator for writers | online thesaurus

Transitional Words & Phrases

Techniques and strategies for using transitional words and phrases in writing

How to Win an Argument

CiteFast automatically formats references MLA and APA

Automatically creates a reference list in APA or MLA

Cliche Finder

Does exactly what it says.

Phrase Thesaurus

Ditto.

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