Writing Center

IWU Writing Center Resources for Students, Faculty, and Staff

The Composing Process
1.1. Overview
     IWU: Composing processes: an overview
     IWU: Stages of the composing process
1.2 Outlining & Thesis Statements
     IWU: Outlining
     IWUOptions for Outlining
     IWUReverse Outlining
     Purdue OWL: Outlining
     Rutgers, J. Lynch: Thesis statements
     St. Cloud SU: Thesis statements
     IWU: Thesis statements
1.3 Composing Strategies
     Dartmouth: Revision
     IWU: Invention strategies
     IWU: Glossing

Critical Thinking & Argument
2.1 Strategies for Critical Thinking
     IWU: Analysis map
2.2 Critical Reading
     IWU: Critical reading
2.3 Constructing Argument
     Dartmouth: Logic and argument
     IWU: Structuring an argument
2.4  Emotional arguments
     Mesa CC: Ethos,logos, pathos
2.5 Logic & Fallacies
     IWU: Elements of logic
     Purdue OWL: Fallacies
     St. Cloud SU: Fallacies
2.6 Argumentative Writing
     IWU: They Say I Say Handout

Using Sources
3.1  Research strategies
     Dartmouth: Researching your topic
     College of Charleston: Research strategy
3.2  Evaluating sources
     Purdue OWL: Using research & evidence
3.3 Integrating sources
     IWU: Using sources
     IWU: Argument & Sources
     3.3.1  Summarizing & Paraphrasing
     Purdue OWL: Quoting, paraphrasing, summarizing
     3.3.2  Quoting
     IWU: Quoting sources
     St. Cloud SU: Using quotes
     3.3.3  Integrating sources into an argument
3.4 Plagiarism
     IWU: Statement on Plagiarism

Documentation
4.1 MLA
     IWU: MLA Print
     IWU: MLA Electronic
4.2  APA
     IWU: APA Print
     IWU: APA Electronic
     APA: Reference Guide
4.3  Chicago
     IWU: Chicago Print
     IWU: Chicago Electronic

Sentences: Clarity & Style//Structure
5.1  Wordiness
    U of WI: Avoid inflated words
5.2 Active Voice    
5.3 Serial sentences
    IWU: Serial sentences
5.4 Sentence Variety
     Purdue OWL: sentence variation
5.5  Word choice
     IWU: Word choice
5.6 Coordination & Subordination
     IWU: Coordination and subordination
5.7  Transitions
     IWU: transitions
     IWU: Transitional words and phrases
5.8 Topic Sentences
     IWU: Topic sentences
5.9  Paragraphing
     IWU: Paragraphing 
     IWU: MEAL Plan 
     IWU: Drop 5 Paragraph Essay
5.10  Introductions
5.11  Conclusions

Grammar
6.1  Overview/Elements of English Grammar
     IWU: Elements of grammar
6.2 Subject-verb agreement
     IWU: subject-verb agreement
6.3 Pronouns
     IWU: Pronouns
6.4 Sentences
     6.4.1  Run-on sentences
     6.4.2  Comma splices
          IWU: Comma splices
     6.4.3  Fragments
          IWU: Fragments
6.5 Modifiers
     IWU: Modifiers
6.6 Parallelism
     IWU: Parallelism
6.7 Shifts & Mixed Constructions
     IWU: Shifts
     IWU: Mixed Constructions
6.8  Adjectives & adverbs
     IWU: Adjectives & adverbs

Punctuation
7.1 Commas
     IWU: Comma practice
7.2 Semi-colons and colons
     IWU: semi-colons and colons
7.3 The Apostrophe
7.4 Ellipses
7.5 Quotation marks

Mechanics
8.1 Capitalization
8.2  Abbreviations, numbers, italics
8.3  Spelling

Genres of Academic Writing
9.1  Writing about films
      University of Calgary: Writing about Film
9.2  Writing about graphic novels/memoirs
      Duke U: Writing about comics and graphic novels
9.3  Writing in the Humanities
9.4  Writing in the Social Sciences
9.5  Writing in the Sciences
9.6  Writing a Web paper     
     IWU: Guide for web papers 
     Web Style Guide

Genres of Professional Writing
10.1 Resumes 
     IWU: Resumes
10.2  Cover letters
10.3  Personal  Statements
     IWU: General Personal Statement Advice
     IWU: Health Professions Personal Statement
 10.4  Email
     IWU: Email Etiquette

Inclusive Writing
11.1 Writing with Inclusivity
     University of Idaho: Inclusivity Respective to Diverse Populations
11.2 Gender-Inclusive Language
     UNC: Writing with Gender Inclusivity
11.3 On-Campus Resources
     IWU ODI: Resources for IWU Students
11.4 Resources for ELL/ ESL 
     IWU International Office: Resources
     IWU: ELL Tutoring

Online reference works: Use Ames Library first!
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
Thesaurus
Quotations
Strunk & White's Elements of Style

Resources for Faculty
12.1 Currently Available Resources
     IWU:  List of Resources
     IWU: Previously Shared Resources
12.2 Commenting on Prompts (COP) Program
     IWUCOP Program
12.3 Tips for Writing Clear Prompts/ Assignments
     IWU: Pro Tips
     IWU: Common Errors

Online Tutoring Information 
13.1 How-To Guide 
     IWU:  How To Use WCOnline Online Tutoring
13.2 Online Tutoring Policies
     IWU: Policies for Using Online Interface

External Resources
   Writing Guide for Undergrads
   University of Minnesota Student Writing Support
   University of Wisconsin-Madison: Writer's Handbook
   Colorado State University: Links for Writers and       Teachers
   George Mason University: Writing Resources
   Purdue University: OWL Resources