Writing Resources

eMPH Writing Resources

The UW Odegaard Writing and Research Center is eager to work with graduate students, not just undergraduate. It sounds as if they have untapped capacity. See: (http://www.lib.washington.edu/ougl/writing-and-research/odegaard-writing-and-research-center)

Science Writing

Writing about Your Research: Verb Tense

Grammar and Usage

Big Dog’s Grammar: A Bare Bones Guide to English http://aliscot.com/bigdog/

Common Mistakes and Tricky Choices http://englishplus.com/grammar/mistcont.htm

Grammar News - The New York Times

Grammarbook.com http://www.grammarbook.com/

Includes grammar, punctuation, and capitalization rules. Especially useful is a listing of commonly confused words.

Grammarphobia: Grammar, etymology, usage, and more, brought to you by Patricia T. O’Conner and Stewart Kellerman

Guide to Grammar and Style by Jack Lynch http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing/

Developed by Jack Lynch, Professor of English at Rutgers University. He makes the disclaimer that many of his explanations are a matter of personal preference; however, his personal preferences make for interesting reading.

Guide to Grammar & Writing http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/

Drop-down menus and an index make this Web site easy to navigate. Information is thorough, clear, and concise. Developed by Charles Darling, Professor of English, at Capital Community College.

Purdue Online Writing Lab http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/

One of the most comprehensive Web sites on writing. In addition to reviews of grammar and punctuation, it includes information on:

  • starting a writing assignment, including overcoming writer’s block, how to develop an outline, and proofreading (General Writing).
  • using rhetorical techniques, including developing an argument, using logic, varying sentence length, paragraphing, and use of passive and active voices (The Rhetorical Situation)
  • improving sentence clarity, including strategies for identifying and revising sentence fragments, creating transitions between sentences, identifying and revising dangling modifiers, and creating parallel structure (Mechanics)

See especially the sections on dangling modifiers http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/597/01/ and parallel sentence structures http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/623/01/

The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/

The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/

See handout on use of passive voice at http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/passive-voice/


Essays by Tony Proscio about jargon and effective communication:

In Other Words: A Plea for Plain Speaking in Foundations

Bad Words for Good: How Foundations Garble Their Message and Lose Their Audience

When Words Fail: How the Public Interest Becomes Neither Public Nor Interesting


Dave’s ESL Café http://www.eslcafe.com/

Highlights include grammar lessons and a list of idioms with examples of usage. The Web site also has a help center where you can post grammar and usage questions.

Writing in North American Higher Education: A Primer for International Students, Purdue Online Writing Lab, http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/683/01/

The Writing Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute http://www.ccp.rpi.edu/resources/article-usage/

Useful information on article (a/an) usage for ESL students.


Plagiarism, School of Public Health, University of Washington http://sph.washington.edu/gateway/plagiarism.asp

The Web site lists behaviors the University of Washington considers plagiarism and its policies for suspected academic misconduct.

Web sites that are a collection of links to writing resources:

Garbl’s Writing Center http://garbl.home.comcast.net/%7Egarbl/

Grammar, Usage, and Style http://www.refdesk.com/factgram.html

Dictionaries and other reference materials

Acronymfinder.com http://www.acronymfinder.com/

Bartleby.com http://www.bartleby.com/

Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/

Merriam-Webster OnLine http://www.merriam-webster.com/

Refdesk.com http://www.refdesk.com/

YourDictionary.com http://www.yourdictionary.com/

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