Learning Resources

Improving Your Writing

Regardless of whether one is a college student or a college professor, everyone can and should strive to improve his or her writing. The following links represent good starting points for doing so.

Pitzer College Writing Center.
The homepage for Pitzer's writing center. The website lists the center's location, hours, and contact info. There's also a link to Pitzer's own composition handbook.

Guide to college writing.
A great website from the Univ. of Chicago describing key differences between high school and college writing. The site also contains an easy to read step-by-step guide to writing a paper.

Purdue Online Writing Lab.
An excellent website from Purdue University that contains many links. Various writing topics are addressed, including process, rhetoric and logic, different kinds of essay genres, style and language, and citation.

Guide to grammar and writing.
A fairly extensive online guide to writing.

Plagiarism Defined.
A great website from Indiana University on what plagiarism is and how to avoid it (with examples).

Handbook on writing argumentative and interpretive essays. This website, created by Ian Johnston of Malaspina University-College in British Columbia, is a thorough treatise on these two forms of essay writing.

Bibliography - How to.
This guide from the Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison takes you step-by-step through various styles of annotated bibliographies.

The seven deadly sins of writing.
This website from Hamilton College addresses seven common mistakes encountered in writing.

The Internet Detective.
A website that presents the caveats of relying on internet sources for information in writing papers and doing research.

The library versus the web.
Another website that compares traditional sources of information to online sources.

Paradigm Online Writing Assistant.
An online guide to writing.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. No writer (or reader) should be without a dictionary. This website even allows you to sign up for a word of the day.

Guide to science writing.
A short guide from Bates College on writing a science paper.

How to write a critical review of a book or an article.
A short guide to use while working on these types of assignments.