The Writing Process


Preparing to Write

Understanding the Assignment (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Pre-writing Strategies (Kansas University)

Writing Process Animation (Youtube)

Outlining & Organizing

Outlines Demo (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Outlining (Harvard)


How to Know If a Source Is Reliable (Shmoop video)

Evaluating Sources

Anna Maria College Library

Research Coaching at Anna Maria College

Purdue OWL Research Guides (Purdue OWL)

Drafting & Revising

Drafting strategies (Loyola Marymount University)

Revising the Draft (Harvard College)

Reverse Outlining (Amherst College)

Elements of Effective Writing


Developing a Thesis (Harvard)

Argument (UNC - Chapel Hill)

How to Write a Killer Thesis Statement (Shmoop video)

Introduction & Conclusion

Introductions (UNC – Chapel Hill)

How to Write A Good Introduction (MSU)

Conclusions (UNC – Chapel Hill)

Structure, Paragraphs, and Transitions

Paragraph Structure (American Journal Experts)

Paragraph Unity, Coherence, and Development (Wheaton College)

Transitions in Writing (University of Wisconsin Colleges)

Transitions (UNC – Chapel Hill)

Style and Clarity

How to Make Sentences Clear and Concise (University of Richmond)

Improving Sentence Clarity (Purdue OWL)

Style (UNC – Chapel Hill)

How to Use and Cite Sources

Research Styles (MLA, APA, Chicago)

Research and Citation Resources (Purdue Owl)

MLA (Modern Language Association)

APA (American Psychological Association)

Chicago (The Chicago Manual of Style)

Using Sources

Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing (Purdue OWL)

The Harvard Guide to Using Sources (Harvard)

Integrating Sources Into Paragraphs (Youtube)

Grammar, Punctuation, & Usage

General Resources

Purdue OWL


Commas (

When to Use a Comma (Shmoop video)

Run-on Sentences and Sentence Fragments

Run-on Sentences and Sentence Fragments (Walden University)
Run-On Sentences (Shmoop video)

Subject/verb agreement

Subject-Verb Agreement (
Subject-Verb Agreement (Shmoop Video)


Parallel Structure (Purdue OWL)
Parallel Structure (Youtube video)

Semicolons, colons, and dashes

Semicolons, colons, and dashes (UNC – Chapel Hill)
Semicolons (Shmoop video)

Commonly misused words & phrases

Homophones (
Their/There/They’re, etc. (


Vocabulary (
Vocabulary (

Audio Intro: Presentations Should Not Be Painful


Some Guidelines
11 Ways to Use Images Poorly in Slides (blog, Presentation Zen)


“Smoke: The Convenient Truth”