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 (



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


“Smoke: The Convenient Truth”

Audio Library

Name Play Duration
1. It IS a process
0:52 min
2. Plan the House Before You Build It
1:09 min
3. The Blank Page
1:18 min
4. Why Can't I just Google It
1:11 min
5. They Don't Call it a Rough Draft For Nothin
1:11 min
6. It Sounds Important Because It Is
1:24 min
7. Catch and Release
1:24 min
8. Staying On One Side of the Road
0:58 min
9. Flow
1:01 min
_10. There Can(not) Be Only One
2:51 min
_11. Avoid Plagiarism Like the Plague
1:18 min
_12. You Are What You Write
1:40 min
_13. Presentations Shouldn't Be Painful
1:28 min