Make a Thesis Statement Work for You
by Dr. Elizabeth Coody: Working in the Writing Lab since 2007 has helped me distill what you need to know about thesis statements for most of your classes at Iliff.
by Dr. Justin Barber: A great way to check the logic of sticky drafts. Can also help identify weak or redundant elements and paragraphs in a paper.
Five Things Iliff Professors Want You To Know About Writing
by Dr. R.J. Hernández-Díaz: A revised and updated version of the classic handout by a graduate of Iliff/DU doctoral program.
from the UNC Writing Center; provided by Hannah Adams Ingram: This is a master guide for when/why/where/how to use quotations in a paper. This is a must-read for anyone working directly with texts and other sources in their papers.
Mind-mapping, Tree Diagraming, Linear Outlining
by Kathleen Douglass: This offers a few suggestions and a model for outlining papers.
How to Edit Your Own Writing
by Caroline McMillan, provided by Greg Grobemeier: Some great tips for reading through your first draft with the right critical eye.
from the Vanderbilt Writing Studio: Sometimes trying to write with an "academic voice" can be frustrating and confusing. This handout gives some helpful advice for the academic writer in a rut.
by Martin Hampton, University of Portsmouth: Helpful handout that teaches the uses of "signposting" an essay, that is, using words to tell your reader about the content of your essay. Solid large-scale signposts can help you make a clear and thesis-driven essay.
USAGE AND SYNTAX
by Dr. Melissa Pula: Essential punctuation primer personalized for Iliff students
from The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin- Madison: Those little dotted commas can trip up the most savvy student. Brush up here.
That Versus Which
by Helen Giron-Mushfiq: A handy reference about the proper use of that and which.
"For and Since" for Time
by John Kinsey: We often use "for" and "since" when talking about time. It may be helpful to remember that "for" is typically followed by a period of time, while "since" comes before a point in time.
Comma Splices and Fused Sentences
by Tim Inman: Sentences confused? Commas can help!
RESPONDING TO YOUR PEERS
Rules for Constructively Reading Someone Else
by Dr. Elizabeth Coody: Reading a peer's work (for class or as a favor) can be a daunting task. Here are some rules to help you feel generally prepared.
Guidelines for Respondents
by Dr. Pamela Eisenbaum: Our professor created these guidelines for a specific class assignment, but they are an excellent guide for anyone asked to read a peer's work.
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