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 The Monastery of Christ in the Desert

 The Monastery of Christ in the Desert


OWL (Purdue Online Writing Lab) logo.
Purdue Online Writing Lab

Paradigm -- Online Writing Assistant
(Start with "Discovering" and "Organizing" at the top.)


English as a Second Language
Teaching Of English as a Foreign Language

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 OWL logo, Online Writing Lab, Purdue University.Purdue Online Writing Lab

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers over 100 handouts on English writing skills. The collection could be called an online grammar book or a basic writing course. Categories covered include sentences, punctuation, parts of speech, spelling, methods of citing sources in research paper writing, English as a second language, and general writing concerns such as writers block, proofreading, non-sexist language, resume writing, business and professional writing, and coping with writing anxiety.

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Argument Papers

Exploratory Papers

Types of APA Papers

APA Sample Papers
Sample APA Paper: Definitions of Online Communication
Sample APA Paper: Adolescent Depression

MLA Sample Papers
MLA Undergraduate Sample Paper: Andrew Carnegie
MLA Sample Papers: Nineteenth Century Farming Handbooks

Before the Exam, have a look at . . .

fromOWL logo, Online Writing Lab, Purdue University.
Writing Essays for Exams

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PowerPoint Quick Guide

Designing an Effective Powerpoint

Color Theory Presentation

PowerPoint Resumes Presentation

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UMD Writer's Workshop
At UMD we have an excellent Writer’s Workshop located in the Learning Commons located on the second floor of the library.  Check out their WebSite at http://www.d.umn.edu/writwork/main/index.html, and stop in and visit with Jill Jenson and her staff; you can contact them at writwork@d.umn.edu.

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from The Scout Report, 14 September 2012 | Volume 18, Number 37

Writing in College: A Short Guide to College Writing

The Little Red Schoolhouse writing course for graduate students and advanced undergraduates has been a staple offering at the University of Chicago for decades. Over the years, Lawrence McEnerney (Director of the University of Chicago Writing Program) and the late Professor Joseph M. Williams worked together to craft this fine guide to college writing. The guide was created with first and second year students at the University of Chicago in mind, but it can be used effectively with a wide range of students who wish to write clearly and concisely. The guide is divided into five sections, including "Some crucial differences between high school and college writing," "Preparing to write and drafting the paper," and "Revising the introduction and conclusion." An important section here is: "But what if you get stuck? A good solution and terrible solution," which discusses, among other things, how to avoid plagiarism. Throughout this work, the advice is sage, lucid, and well-intentioned. It is an indispensable resource for any and all persons who wish to succeed in becoming better writers in college. [KMG]


from The Scout Report, 01 May 2015| Volume 21, Number 17

Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips

Making grammar fun is no easy task, but the Grammar Girl blog, penned by Mignon Fogarty, succeeds where some English teachers may have fallen short. Readers can scan the site by Most Recent Tips, Most Popular Tips, and the Grammar Girl's Archive, or they can simply scroll through the dozens of posts about transitive and intransitive verbs, hyperbole, 'if' versus 'whether,' and a phalanx of other grammatical concerns. The entertaining articles follow Einstein's dictum that "things should be as simple as possible, but not simpler." Each post clocks in at a few hundred words at most, but the author has a knack for clarifying difficult concepts in sparkling prose. A link to the Grammar Girl podcast is also available here. Anyone interested in a quick reference guide or an entertaining romp through the world of words might do well to find their way to Grammar Girl. [CNH]

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English as a Second Language
Teaching Of English as a Foreign Language

English can be a very funny language sometimes. And it can often be difficult to sort out some of the fine points. The OWL has some good hints on making sense of English as a Second Language—and good hints about English as one’s first language too. Have a look . . .

OWL -- Online Writing Lab, Purdue University
The Purdue Online Writing Lab

ESL Students

Writing in North American Higher Education: A Primer for International Students


Bill Gates watching youth at computer.

Bill Gates
and the Next Generation of Writers

Cherokee language

source: j.b. andersen
Cartoon: Ancient Grammar Policce

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