Part II: Writing and Submitting Your Manuscript
Help is at Your Fingertips
Writing Resources on the Web
Help for writers also abounds on the Web. In the resources listed below, you’ll find tips on note taking, paraphrasing and quoting sources, evaluating sources, the writing process, grammar and usage, and citing sources.
- The Bedford Research Room is a humanities-oriented website based on Mike Palmquist’s book, The Bedford Researcher.5 Among the wealth of resources on the site, you’ll find checklists on topics such as conducting surveys, evaluating sources, taking notes, and avoiding plagiarism, as well as interactive tutorials on refining research questions, paraphrasing a source, and assessing the relevance and importance of issues.
- The OWL at Purdue is one of the oldest and most comprehensive writing labs on the Web. It offers tips and handouts on topics such as the writing process, research and citing sources, grammar and mechanics, and writers whose native language is not English.
- The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, offers an extensive Writer’s Handbook. It covers stages of the writing process, common types of writing assignments, grammar and punctuation, improving your writing style, and citing references. The last section has a particularly helpful piece on quoting and paraphrasing sources.
- The Elements of Style is the website for the classic reference book by William Strunk. It focuses on the principal requirements of plain English style, including the most commonly violated rules of usage and principles of composition.
Tips for ESL Writers
If English is not your first language, have a native speaker review your paper to make sure it conforms to standard English usage and is understandable to an English-speaking audience.
Here are a couple of helpful Web resources for ESL writers:
- Advanced Composition for Non-Native Speakers of English is designed for ESL/EFL students who want to write in English for academic purposes. It is aimed toward "high intermediate or advanced English learners who have never taken a formal English writing course."
- The OWL at Purdue has a section on English as a Second Language that describes how to use adjectives and adverbs, and how to use articles (a, an, the).