Writing Center Helpful Links

Prepared by the Webster University Writing Center staff, this list contains websites devoted to writing resources, writing centers, and writing pedagogy, as well as some excellent general reference sites.  If you know of a good resource that you'd like to share, please e-mail Carolyn Brown at carolynbrown04@webster.edu.

Documentation Style Guides

For detailed documentation guides, consult the official style guides for your project; these are accessible for consultation in most libraries as well as the Writing Center. However, the Purdue OWL covers examples of many basic citation situations you might encounter.

Purdue OWL: APA Citation

Purdue OWL: MLA Citation

Purdue OWL: Chicago Citation

Formatting Guides

For Webster graduate students who are preparing for their final project, consult the Webster University Graduate Thesis Requirements. It not only details the basic requirements for the thesis project but also provides a sample cover page, table of contents, and other content elements. Detailed instructions are provided for other formatting/appearance aspects as well. 

David Taylor provides APA Format Citations-Sixth (6th) Edition Paper, an instructional video that walks you through the formatting process for APA style papers; the walkthrough is done in Word for PC, but the basic instructions should get any student started in the right direction. The video covers margins, font, headers, and much more. For the same sort of information for MLA, see Taylor’s other video: MLA Style Essay Format – Word Tutorial. 

Writing Resources

UNC Handouts

University of North Carolina provides handouts on diverse writing topics and issues: http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/

Comprehensive Resources to Become a Better Writer

The Open Education Database has collected a thorough list of a wide range of writing resources in a diverse areas and formats, from news, business, and even fiction: http://oedb.org/ilibrarian/150-writing-resources/

General Reference

For reference texts (dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.), see Amherst's general sources: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/resourcesforwriters/dictionaries

Purdue University

Probably the best Writing Center website, with detailed and clear tip sheets on a wide variety of writing related topics, from grammar and punctuation to writing a research paper: http://owl.english.purdue.edu

Grammar Resources 

Grammar Bytes

A website with instructional videos, interactive exercises, handouts, and much more about a range of grammar and punctuation topics: http://www.chompchomp.com/menu.htm