IWU Writing Handbook 

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  1. The Composing Process
    1.1. Overview
         IWU: Composing processes: an overview
         IWU: Stages of the composing process
    1.2 Outlining & Thesis Statements
    1.3 Composing Strategies
         IWU: Invention strategies
         IWU: Glossing
  2. Critical Thinking & Argument
    2.1 Strategies for Critical Thinking
         IWU: Analysis map
    2.2 Critical Reading
    2.3 Constructing Argument
         IWU: Structuring an argument
    2.4  Emotional arguments
    2.5 Logic & Fallacies
         IWU: Elements of logic
  3. Using Sources
    3.1  Research strategies
    3.2  Evaluating sources
    3.3 Integrating sources
         IWU: Using sources
         IWU: Argument & Sources
         3.3.1  Summarizing & Paraphrasing
         3.3.2  Quoting
         3.3.3  Integrating sources into an argument
    3.4 Plagiarism
  4. Documentation
    4.1 MLA
         IWU: MLA Print
         IWU: MLA Electronic
    4.2  APA
         IWU: APA Print
         IWU: APA Electronic
    4.3  Chicago
         IWU: Chicago Print
         IWU: Chicago Electronic
  5. Sentences: Clarity & Style
    5.1  Wordiness
    5.2 Active Voice
    5.3 Serial sentences
    5.4 Sentence Variety
    5.5  Word choice
    5.6 Coordination & Subordination
    5.7  Transitions
         IWU: Transitions
  1. Grammar
    6.1  Overview/Elements of English Grammar
         IWU: Elements of grammar
    6.2 Subject-verb agreement
    6.3 Pronouns
    6.4 Sentences
         6.4.1  Run-on sentences
         6.4.2  Comma splices
         6.4.3  Fragments
              IWU: Fragments
    6.5 Modifiers
         IWU: Modifier s
    6.6 Parallelism
         IWU: Parallelism
    6.7 Shifts & Mixed Constructions
    6.8  Adjectives & adverbs
  2. Punctuation
    7.1 Commas
         IWU: Comma practice
    7.2 Semi-colons and colons
    7.3 The Apostrophe
    7.4 Ellipses
    7.5 Quotation marks
  3. Mechanics
    8.1 Capitalization
    8.2  Abbreviations, numbers, italics
    8.3  Spelling
  4. Genres of Writing
    9.1  Writing about films
    9.2  Writing about graphic novels/memoirs
    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
    9.7  Professional genres
         9.7.1 Resumes
         IWU: Resumes
         9.7.2  Cover letters
         9.7.3  Professional applications
         9.7.4 Executive memos
         9.7.5 Email
  5. Online reference works: Use Ames Library first!
    Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
    Thesaurus
    Quotations
    Strunk & White's Elements of Style
  6. External Resources
       Writing Guide for Undergrads
       University of Minnesota: Quick Tips
       University of Wisconsin-Madison: Common Types of Assignments
       Colorado State University: Links for Writers and Teachers
       George Mason University: Writing Resources
       Purdue University: OWL Resources