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. 

Reverse Outlining 
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.

Quotations
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.

Academic Voice
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.

Signposting
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.

Thesis Statements
by Dr. Margaret Procter, University of Toronto: One of my favorite, clear, concise handouts about thesis statements, just in case you want more than this one. Read and follow!

USAGE AND SYNTAX

Punctuation 
by Dr. Melissa Pula: Essential punctuation primer personalized for Iliff students

Using Semicolons
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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