General Writing Resources

OWL at Purdue, Online Writing Lab: Offers online handouts covering writing, research, grammar, and MLA and APA style. A fantastic resource!

Grammar Girl: A grammar advice blog. You might try listening to her podcast, too.

A Writer's Reference: Great tutorials, helpful exercises, and model papers to help with your formatting and style.

Writing an Email to Your Professor: Don't sound silly.

 

Clarity and Coherence

Consistency Matters: Five ways to eliminate common obstacles to understanding.

 

ESL (English as a Second Language) Issues

How to Edit Your Own Essay: Strategies for ESL Students

 

Getting Started

Understanding the Wording of the Question: You must know what a professor wants in order to write what she wants!

Timing It Right!: Don't under-plan or over-plan.

Checklist for Assessing the Writing Situation: Make sure you remember your writing situation.

 

Citation/Avoiding Plagiarism

Make sure you cite your sources using the appropriate style for the assignment. Ask your professor which citation style they prefer for the assignment.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide: A useful and quick cheat-sheet citation guide to the Chicago Manual Style.

Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) Style Guide for Students (Second Edition): A handy reference for students using the Society of Biblical Literature style (recommended for bible students).

American Psychological Association (APA) Style Guide for Students: This style is usually reserved for students doing pastoral or spiritual care and counseling writing.

 

Dissertation Writing

DU/Iliff Joint PhD Program Dissertation Formatting Guide: A formatting guidebook for dissertation authors in the Joint Doctoral Program

The Thesis Whisperer: an inspirational blog newspaper dedicated to the topic of doing a doctoral thesis/dissertation

While, of course, you should follow the DU guide for formatting, this Dissertation Writing Guide from the University of Michigan Library is very helpful about some specific solutions dealing with Microsoft Word. In particular, I like the Working with Styles section.

Students often find this Word .docx template (which follows Turabian's guide to Chicago style helpful to use, as it will help with many of the style and formatting issues that students often find troublesome. However, please take necessary precautions to assure that it complies with the current OGS and DU standards!


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