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Generating Ideas

Invention Techniques – Jill LeRoy-Frazier, MALS Writing Center
Numerous strategies for teaching, linked to handouts.

Brainstorming – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
In addition to more familiar methods: "3 perspectives," relationship between the parts, thinking outside the box, idea shapes, and more.

Prewriting Strategies – Tracy Duckart, Humboldt State University
Clustering, cubing, dialoguing, dramatizing, freewriting, listing, matrixing, outlining, topical invention.

Creative Thinking and Lateral Thinking Techniques - Infinite Innovations Ltd, UK
"Change your life and career with advanced brainstorming." Novel techniques for idea generation.

Drafting

Academic Writing for Undergraduate Students – Monash University, Victoria, Australia
Defines academic writing, important features and techniques for successful writing across disciplines.

Developing an Anti-Procrastination Plan – Karalyn Jones, University of Houston-Victoria

Drafting the Essay – Monash University, Victoria, Australia
Includes interactive analyses of how introductions and conclusions are suited to the essay's content.

Strategies for Overcoming Writer's Block – The Center for Writing Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Principles of Composition – Charles Darling, Capital Community College
Sections: The Writing Process, Structural Considerations, Patterns of Composition, online handbook with subtopic descriptions and illustrations.

Some General Advice on Academic Essay-Writing – C. A. Silber, University of Toronto
Overview of general strategies, with resource links for stages of writing from understanding the topic through proofreading.

Writing in College: A Short Guide to College Writing – Joseph M. Williams and Lawrence McEnerney, University of Chicago
Differences between high school and college writing, drafting, revising, polishing, and more.

The Writing Process – The Purdue Online Writing Lab

Collaborating

Assigning Collaborative Writing: Tips for Teachers – Rebecca Moore Howard, Syracuse University

Collaborating Online – Marti Atkinson, California Virtual Campus
Skills and tools for online teamwork and project management.

Managing Group Writing Projects – University Writing Center, Texas A&M University
Guidelines for meetings, roles within the group.

Writing Groups – The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Group work and feedback resources, activities and worksheets.

Kinds of Writing

Subject-Specific Resources – The Purdue Online Writing Lab
Help with writing in disciplines such as business, engineering, journalism, and nursing, as well as with creative writing and literary analysis.

Genres – Thompson Writing Program, Duke University
Definitions and guidelines for thirty-nine genres of writing.

Common Writing Assignments – The Purdue Online Writing Lab
Resources and handouts covering several kinds of writing assigned in college courses, including argument papers, annotated bibliographies, book reviews, and proposals.

Writing: Keeping It Real – Bill Kist, Kent State University, in Teacher to Teacher (Ohio Literacy Council)
See table on page 2 for ninety-nine writing genres and contexts.

Abstracts

Abstracts – Writing@CSU Guide, Colorado State University
Thorough guide, from introduction to additional resources, including tips for writing in specific disciplines.

Abstracts – Center for Communication Practices, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Definition, writing approach, example.

Writing Abstracts – Judith Kilborn, LEO: Literacy Education Online, St. Cloud State University

Analyzing Texts: Literature

Guidelines for Writing a Literary Critical Analysis – Sierra College Library
Explains the interpretive basis of literary analysis with guiding questions for formulating and supporting the essay.

Conventions of Writing Papers about Literature – Celia Easton, SUNY College-Geneseo
Straightforward overview of common pitfalls, concerns, and strategies.

Literary Analysis Guide: Analyzing a Passage – Goshen College
Strategies for analyzing individual passages as the basis for analyzing longer texts, with examples.

Writing Papers of Literary Analysis – Seamus Cooney, Western Michigan University
Organization, content, what to avoid, mechanics.

Literary Resources – Robert Harris, Virtual Salt
Tools for understanding the novel's place in literature, its form, and associated resources.

A Glossary of Literary Terms – Robert Harris, Virtual Salt

The Personal Computer as a Tool for Literary Analysis – Robert Harris, Virtual Salt
Discovering and tracking text features to reveal patterns, verify themes, determine readability levels.

Analyzing Texts: Nonfiction

Analyzing a Text
Harvard University Writing Center handout.

Doing a Rhetorical Analysis of a Text – Kate Kiefer, Writing @CSU, Colorado State University

Basic Questions for Rhetorical Analysis – Brigham Young University

Rhetorica Network – Andrew Cline, Missouri State University
Discussion and assessment of bias in media, applications of classical rhetoric to contemporary news items.

Annotated Bibliographies

Annotated Bibliographies – University of Wisconsin-Madison
Explains and illustrates indicative, informative, evaluative and combination annotating.

How to Write Annotated Bibliographies – Memorial University Libraries, Newfoundland, CA
Instructions, examples.

How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography – Cornell University Olin & Uris Libraries

Writing an Annotated Bibliography – Deborah Knott, New College Writing Centre
Definitions, examples, and terminology for writing an annotated bibliography from the University of Toronto.

Analysis Resources: E-Texts

Literature

Online Books Page – edited by John Mark Ockerbloom, University of Pennsylvania
"Over 25,000 free books on the Web."

CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts – University of County Cork
Project archiving Irish history and literary texts in Irish, Latin, Anglo-Norman French, and English.

Favorite Poem Project – Boston University with the Library of Congress
"Americans saying poems they love." Poetry project with video profiles.

A Small Anthology of Poems – Seamus Cooney, Western Michigan University
Classic and contemporary poetry, a varied selection.

Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts – D. L. Ashliman, University of Pittsburgh
Folklore, mythology, fairy tales.

Nonfiction

Arts and Letters Daily – The Chronicle of Higher Education
Newspapers, columnists, journals, reviews, annotated selections. Updated six days a week, archived from 1998.

The Enola Gay Controversy – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
The Enola Gay exhibit controversy: initial and final drafts of the exhibit documents illustrating shift in perspective and emphases.

Arguing a Position

Concepts

Writing Argumentative Papers – Texas Tech University's Paradigm Online Writing Assistance
Many examples of each stage of preparing and considering argumentation, well-organized.

Stages of Argument – Peter Suber, Earlham College
Proposes and explains four tiers of argument sophistication.

Materials for Selected Argument Topics

An Outline of the Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas Controversy – George Mason University
Background, commentary, testimony, gender/race/media perspectives, links to other historic Supreme Court documents and resources, like Brown vs. the Board of Education.

Commonwealth Institute – nonprofit public policy institute, Cambridge, MA
Featured publications include "Pulse of Capitalism" and "Project on Defense Alternatives"; reviews and documents detailing Iraq War strategies, developments, factors in decision-making.

The Enola Gay Controversy – Edward J. Gallagher, Lehigh University
Discussion and primary resources track the history of the Smithsonian exhibit controversy.

NATO Online Library
Among the documents: communiqués, speech and news conference transcripts of secretaries general from 1946 onward.

Nuclearfiles.org – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Resources for researching nuclear disarmament issues, including history, ethics, documents, biographies of key players, current research, study guides.

Blogs

10 Ways to Use Weblogs in the Classroom – Blogs@Baruch, Bernard l. Schwartz Communication Institute, Baruch College, CUNY
Multiple resources & explanations: educational blogging.

Tools Directory – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
A comprehensive resource for tools to help with podcasts, blogs, online collaboration, and more.

"Best Author Blogs" – Internet Writing Journal
Index of blogs by professional writers.

Evaluations/Reviews

Critical Reviews – University of Wisconsin-Madison
Book and article reviewing, basic guidelines.

Writing Academic Evaluations – Writing @ CSU Colorado State University
Uses, types, parts, process, resources.

Book Reviews – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Book or article reviewing, with brief illustrations comparing common student weaknesses to successfully rendered critical judgment.

The Art of Scholarly Reviewing – Bruce Mazlish in Perspectives, February 2001 (American Historical Association)
Discusses the obligations and hallmarks that distinguish scholarly evaluations.

How to Write a Film Review – XTEC
Catalonian digital educational resource Annotated diagram of basic considerations.

Lab Reports

Lab Reports – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
General overview suited to most science and engineering courses.

How to Write a Lab Report – Pomona College
Extensive guide explains parts of lab report with detailed writing style discussion.

Sample Descriptive Lab Report – LabWrite, North Carolina State University

Literacy Narratives

Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives (DALN) – Ohio State University

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass – Project Gutenberg
Electronic version of the text originally published by the Boston Anti-Slavery Office in 1845.

“Whose Encyclopedia?” – Ramona Fernandez, from Rhizomes, issue 3 (Fall 2001)
Deleuzian philosophical bent. Discusses common classifications of knowledge in dictionaries and encyclopedias, and the "epistemologies of power" minority students encounter in traditional paths to literacy.

Podcasts

Tools Directory – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
A comprehensive resource for tools to help with podcasts, blogs, online collaboration, and more.

Profiles

Writing Profiles – Stacy Tartar Esch, West Chester University
Details the appeal, purpose, basic features, and possible approaches to profile essay assignments.

Proposals for Funding

Writing a Successful Grant Proposal – Minnesota Council on Foundations
Outlines the process, including variations, a brief FAQ section, hiring professional grant writers, practical advice on rejection, success, and partial funding.

How to Write a Proposal – The Business Link
Outlines twelve business proposal features, from cover letter to final review.

Proposing Solutions

Proposals – Penn State University
Penn State's e-portfolio assignment for an essay that proposes a solution to a problem.

"Up On Downloading" – Elaine McArdle, Harvard Law Bulletin Summer 2004
Harvard law professors propose three solutions to internet music piracy.

Reporting Information

Writing Reports, Proposals, and Technical Documents – Laurie A. Pinkert, The Purdue Online Writing Lab
Getting started, report sections, general guidelines for research reports.

Report Writing – University of Canberra
Distinguishes reports from essays; explains structure, presentation, common problems; offers additional resources.

Reporting Verbs: Verbs for Referring to Sources – Martine Johnston, University of Toronto
Listed with associated clauses and phrasing for grammatical correctness.

Reporting Verbs – Glasgow Caledonian University
Distinguishes neutral choices from verbs that suggest the author's view or knowledge.

Résumés

George Mason University School of Management Career Services – George Mason University/New Century College
Overview, guidelines, example, internet tips.

Resume Writing: How to Write a Masterpiece of a Resume – Rockport Institute, excerpted from Nicholas Lore's The Pathfinder: How To Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success
Detailed explanation covers resume rationale, writing guidelines, presentation style, "power words."