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General Writing Skills

General Writing Skillsstack of books

  • Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)​
  • ​University of Victoria English Language Centre's Study Zone.
    • Great descriptions of grammatical concepts, with good practice exercises.
    • Designed for English language learners but also super helpful for native speakers who have never formally studied grammar.
  • D'Youville College's Online Writing Lab
    • Excellent explanations of English grammar and punctuation, with good practice exercises.
    • Well organized. See the menu on the left for a list of common errors. Don't miss the practice exercises: the links to practice exercises usually show up at the very bottom of the lesson.
  • Excelsior College's Online Writing Lab
    • Also includes a reading lab, with suggestions to improve your comprehension.
    • Explains the foundations of grammar and punctuation and offers tips on research, citation, critical thinking, and more.
    • Offers clear examples but does not have much in the way of practice exercises.
  • Grammar Check 
    • Great tool to help you check for English spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Thesis Statements

Finding and Using Sources

  • University of Nevada, Reno's "Evaluating Sources"
    • This page outlines questions you can ask to assess the quality of a source.