Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Big Help For Writers!!!

It’s that time of year where college students and high school students alike are scrambling to complete written assignments that are due before the winter break. Well, in light of this, I have compiled a listing of various invaluable resources, with short descriptions, that are intended to make this process a little less daunting. Who knows. . . You may even find that you LIKE to write! I honestly don’t know what I would have done without some of these tools. I hope you all find these helpful and insightful, and best of luck on the remainder of your semester! As always, if you find you are having trouble and can’t find answers elsewhere, feel free to email me at jstoltey@oplin.org, and I would be happy to answer your question or direct you to someone who can!

·         Purdue Online Writing Lab-- https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/
Contained within this site are your basic grammar rules and writing tips. This easy to use website helps even the most grammatically defunct writer achieve great success…best of all it’s Free!!

·         Capitol Community College Foundation-- http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/
The Guide to Grammar and Writing is sponsored by the Capital Community College Foundation, a nonprofit 501 c-3 organization that supports scholarships, faculty development, and curriculum innovation. This online guide provides tutorials and digital handouts designed to teach basic skills for writing various types of essays.
·         LEO: Literacy Education Online-- http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/
Developed by St. Cloud State University, this site breaks down various common issues people have when writing research papers, and allows the user to hone in on one specific topic instead of making them sift through tons of concepts before getting to the heart of their problem. 
·         NSCU Libraries-- http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/citationbuilder/
North Carolina State University offers this free online tool to assist in creating APA and MLA source citations online. While you must still provide the information, it does place said information in the correct place for the bibliographical citation.
·         The Chicago Manual of Style-- http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html
One of my personal favsmore than likely because my favorite professor in college required this style to be used.  Now, I actually find this to be the easiest method to use and understand. At any rate, this is a priceless resource to anyone unfamiliar with Chicago Style citations. 
·         Kate L. Turabian’s Manual for Writers Online-- http://www.press.uchicago.edu/books/turabian/turabian_citationguide.html
Within this website, writers will find a wealth of knowledge take straight from Kate Turbain’s 8th edition Manual for writers. Commonly known as Turabian Style Citation, this site is a great source for understanding how to cite sources in this style.
·         Paper Rater-- http://www.paperrater.com/

While there is a paid component to this, the free version is more than sufficient. Simply upload your work (or copy and paste), agree to the terms, and click “Get Report”. It’s that simple. Features include grammar and spelling check, plagiarism check, and word choice check to name a few.

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