This is the most common form of writing that will be expected
of you in college.
Academic Writing: The Argument
Provides a basic definition of argumentation and describes
in detail the processes of argumentation.
Your summary gives an overview of some idea, discussion or
events that you have read about. Sometimes professors may
specifically ask for a summary as a part of a writing assignment,
or as an assignment itself, such as in an essay exam. The
following link should be helpful in distinguishing types of
Brainstorming & Clustering
These links are helpful in showing exactly why brainstorming
is so important, providing ideas for ways to brainstorm, and
how to organize ideas into successful papers once they have
been written down.
University Academic Resources
Includes MLA, APA, Writing and Brainstorming
Describes the clustering method and gives a visual example
of a cluster. Also links to another page on general brainstorming
An understanding of outlines is directly related to everything
important in a major writing assignment, from the thesis statement
to the structure of every paragraph. These links show the
different ways to construct an outline and how an outline
helps give structure to your writing.
Your Ideas: Outline
Takes writers through a step-by-step method for writing an
outline, distinguishing between different outlines for different
kinds of writing assignments.
Introductions and Conclusions
These links provide very helpful, easy-to-remember tips for
writing introductory paragraphs and conclusions, as well as
providing examples of both the good and the bad.
Writing Center Guide to Introductions, Conclusions and Titles
Provides brief, easy to remember information and will prove
helpful in any writing assignments.
Goes into detail about the function of conclusions, gives
examples, and provides extremely valuable strategies for writing
A thesis is the central idea, or argument, in a paper. The
sentence in which you, the writer, tell the reader the purpose
of your paper is called the thesis statement. These links
closely examine this important part of the writing process,
as well as give examples of strong and weak theses.
Explains how to understand what college professors consider
to be a valid thesis and outlines the process of constructing
a thesis with examples.
Sample Thesis Statements: the good, the bad, and the misguided
Consists of example thesis statements, beginning with weak
ones and then improved versions. An excellent site for writers
who know what a thesis is but have difficulty with wording
it the best ways.
An understanding of paragraph structure in a paper makes an
enormous, lasting difference in writing technique and saves
you time during the revision process.
The Path to Good Paragraph Development
Words & Phrases
Revision, Editing & Polishing
The revision process can involve many high-level concerns.
Ultimately, this process decides the success of a final assignment.
Writing Center Guide to Editing Papers: Revising for Conciseness
& Editing Checklist
Lost Me in the Third Paragraph: A Guide to Gracious Criticism
Citation & Paraphrasing
Citation is the process of explaining to the reader where
information in the paper comes from, giving credit to the
original writers and researchers whose work has been studied.
MLA stands for Modern Language Association, and is
the most standard style of documentation in the humanities,
with the exception of APA style for the social sciences (see
Electronic Sources in MLA Style
Sample Bibliography Page
and Documentation in the Humanities: MLA Format
APA Citation Style
APA stands for American Psychological Association and
differs slightly from the MLA style of documentation. This
style of citation is most often used when writing for the
Reference Formats Recommended by the American Psychological
Other Links of Interest
Writing Center Links
Western Civilization CD-ROM
College Writing Center Link
University College of the Cariboo - writing yourself into
of Calgary Writing help in history
writing and research for history