UWC Online Resources

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While student writers benefit most from working with other writers, sometimes finding another person to read an essay, answer a question, help brainstorm or focus an idea is an impossible task. The Internet provides a wealth of resources for student writers (and teachers as well). Unfortunately, it is often difficult to separate the good from the bad.

This brief guide is a small attempt to initiate that filtering process. However, please remember that the sites listed below offer a variety of approaches, and represent a range of methodological, pedagogic, and theoretical positions, so it is important to browse through them and find those that suit your needs and working style.

Citation Guides

MLA 7th Edition

APA 6th Edition Changes to 6th Edition

ASA 4th Edition

Chicago Style - Autor-Date System (physical, natural, social sciences)

Chicago Style - Documentary Note Style (literature, history, the arts)

The Writing Process/Getting Started

The OWL at Purdue University
Probably the most comprehensive collection of writing information on the web, this site provides handouts for students and teachers as well as PowerPoint presentations and hypertext workshops.

AllWrite! 2.0 from McGraw-Hill
This is the second version of McGraw-Hill’s acclaimed grammar and usage writing software. Besides information on writing and doing research, you’ll find here a virtually unlimited number of quizzes, and assessment tools.

Guide to Writing a Basic Essay
This award-winning page can help you grasp essay writing basics through an interactive step-by-step guide for writing a basic essay from topic selection through the works cited.

Literacy Education Online
Home of "The Write Place," this website offers a wealth of material on all aspects of writing.

The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing
Winner of many awards, this website by Michael Harvey of Washington College, explains in great detail the elements of effective college writing.

Paradigm on-line Writing Assistant
Completely interactive, this award-winning site allows you to work through virtually every step of your essay on-line.


The Cal State LA Library website has useful information on how to conduct research, including focusing on a topic and searching for articles.

This site provides an extensive and interesting topical database of links to resources on a variety of topics.

The Writer's Web
Maintained by the Writing Center at the University of Richmond, this site offers invention strategies and help with the early stages of drafting a paper.

Grammar, Mechanics & Vocabulary

E-Library of Exercises
Houghton-Mifflin provides this collection of exercises as a companion to their reading and writing textbooks.

Exercise Central
Exercise Central, the largest collection of editing exercises available online, provides practice editing grammar, style, punctuation, and mechanics. Instructors must register first with Bedford/St. Martin.

Grammar Slammer
A not very pretty but very complete site devoted to definitions of grammatical terms and examples of correct and incorrect usage.

Webgrammar's Place
This site provides tips, tutorials, and resources for writers, students, editors, educators, and web designers.

The Longman Vocabulary Website
This companion site to the Longman series on vocabulary offers exercises to build vocabulary.

ESL Resources

English as a Second Language (ESL) Handouts and Resources
This page is an index of all of the ESL materials available at the Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)

ESL at Houghton Mifflin
This large collection of online activities, textbooks, and dictionaries provides students with a wide array of innovative resources, including XPRESLINK, an Internet activity designed to help students develop language skills from authentic web sites.

Keys for Writers
This companion website for Ann Raimes' Keys for Writerss

English as a Second Language
Rong-Chang Li's website offers a large collection of resources for ESL learners who want to learn English through the web.


This page offers a short (and un attributed) discussion of Joseph Williams' advice for making writing more concise.

Appropriate Language
This page provides an extensive guide to producing gender-neutral writing.


Documentation Guides: MLA and APA
This Purdue University OWL site offers extensive explanations and examples for MLA and APA documentation styles, as well as pages on evaluating sources and writing research papers.

Model Documents Gallery
This site provides overviews and examples of the format required for business and technical writing, humanities writing, and natural and applied science writing.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides
The JFK Library at CSULA has put together this collection of links to information on citation formats.


This is a simple but informative introduction to writing an argumentative essay.

Index of Literary and Rhetorical Terms
This website, developed by Jack Lynch of Rutgers University, supplies a comprehensive hyperlinked list of literary and rhetorical terms.


Web Resources for Writers
Andrea Lunsford and Robert Connors, authors of The Everyday Writer and the <>New St. Martin’s Handbook< resources. online of list fine this developed>

Online Info from A Writer's Reference
This Bedford/St. Martin's site offers detailed information on research and documentation.