The Elements of Framing an Argument and Writing a Thesis Statement
Discover the three-step process for writing an effective introduction and thesis.
Learn how to structure your thesis.
English Professor Jack Lynch (Rutgers-Newark) offers his advice about writing a thesis.
Techniques on How to Organize Your Paper
Here are a few organizational techniques, and when and how to use them.
Citation Style Guides
APA Style Quick Reference: http://www.apastyle.org/learn/faqs/index.aspx
Karla Tonella's Guide to Citation Style Guides: bailiwick.lib.uiowa.edu/journalism/cite.html
The Online Writing Lab at Purdue: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
Grammar and Usage
Here is a list of commonly used prepositional idioms
The University of Chicago Writing Program: http://writing-program.uchicago.edu/sites/writing-program.uchicago.edu/files/uploads/Grammar%20Resources%20Guide.pdf
Discussion Groups on English grammar, usage, and style: http://englishforums.com/
Practical advice for writers in technical fields: http://www.writing.engr.psu.edu/
Tips for Writing Personal Statements
Engage the reader's senses with concrete words.
Transform information into a personal narrative.
Understate or exaggerate depending upon the seriousness of the topic.
Mind the organization and tone of your statement.
Read an excerpt of a personal essay from former Poet Laureate Joseph Brodsky.
The Writer's Diet
Paste a sample of your writing using this free diagnostic tool, which tells you whether your sentences are "fabby or fit."