Resources for Writers
See also information on other academic skills
The Westside Writing Center is available all year long to all Oakes, Porter and College 8 students, for any writing project, question, or need. The Writing Center is committed to helping students become effective, empowered writers, and works with individuals to discuss and develop their ideas, and to analyze and strategize around their writing issues. The Center is located in Oakes 111. Students may drop in at any time during the Center's open hours, but students will get the most from their experience if they plan ahead and sign up for an appointment. Appointments are an hour long, starting at the top of the hour (e.g., 10-11, 11-12). Sign-ups are online. To make an appointment, go to the Oakes site at least a day in advance to choose a time and a tutor. You can also schedule a recurring appointment with the same tutor, to get the best quality individual attention, build momentum on your drafts, and try new techniques. 9/13
Writing 22A offers instruction on selected topics in grammar and conventions of written English as needed to strengthen the writing skills of students whose primary language is not standard English. The course provides students practice in applying these concepts to editing their own writing. Designed for entering first-year students, enrollment limited to 22. You can check the Schedule of Classes, but since there's many people adding and dropping, it may not be reliable. You can go to any section; if there's not room, they can tell you if another section has any. These fill up quickly, so don't delay. Fall quarter only.
Tutoring Free tutoring (if funding permits) is offered on a variety of subjects by the Academic Resource Center just over the hill from College 8.
General Advice on the Writing Process
Handy Flowcharts that map out how to write, read and edit.
How Steinbeck Used the Diary as a Tool of Discipline, a Hedge Against Self-Doubt, and a Pacemaker for the Heartbeat of Creative Work alt link. Steinbeck on love, creative spirit and the meaning of life, the art of changing one’s mind, and his six tips on writing.
Peter Elbow, author of the classic Writing Without Teachers on writing (video).
Politics and the English Language by George Orwell.
Famous Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers.
Doing research for a paper? Check out "Is Google Making Us Stupid?"
Why we don't use Wikipedia for university work. Wikipedia is not considered a legitimate source for college level work. See PRwatch article on corporations altering Wikipedia including Chevron deleting the entire article on bio-diesel, and Exxon rewriting the history of the Valdez oil spill.
The Pen Is Mightier Than The Phone: A Case For Writing Things Out.
How to Find and Use Sources
New Research guide: There are 2 new resources available for research-oriented assignments. The first website offers a traditional Library Guide that helps students identify and locate texts via Academic Search Complete and one using Cruzcat. Link. The second website provides a more enhanced Library Guide entitled "Across the Disciplines" that walks a student through most general research-based assignments. Link The author would love feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Software that generates citations (some research tools at our library can do this as well).
Examples of uses of sources with comments on plagiarism.
Writing help, as well as other academic skills **** A great cite with info on all aspects of doing well at university, including writing (for example essay exams and Liberal Arts exams -- pdf or Word docs).
Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary is an excellent resource for multilingual writers, since it's the only one that explains what different verb plus particle (preposition) combinations mean.
Online resources and tutorials from Diana Hacker.
Hemingway app claims to make prose stronger and simpler (what's wrong with adverbs?).
Spelling Errors Send Red Flags To Employers (List of common errors).
Online resources to accompany Easywriter (but are free and can be used without; includes self-diagnostic tests and tutorials).
Short videos on many aspects of the the writing and research process.
ESL help (for people lucky enough who speak multiple languages)
Another site with ESL excercises
ESL resources and exercises from Hacker
Oxford English Dictionary (Prof. Rajan fav)