Joe Moxley

Founder, Writing Commons
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University of South Florida

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  1. 3/18/13 is a pretty huge day @Writing Commons Thanks to Duke MOOC

    In past blogs, I’ve chronicled the development of Writing Commons, the Open Education Home for...

    Published on Mar 21st 2013

  2. A letter from the Founder of Writing Commons

    Dear Friends, Welcome to the new site design for Writing Commons, the open education...

    Published on Apr 15th 2016

  3. Academic Writing

    The phrase, "Oh, that's academic!" tends to mean "Forget about it!  That's boring and...

    Published on Oct 29th 2010

  4. Adopt Effective Writing Habits

    Understand the psychology of writing, particularly the importance of balancing believing with doubting. Learn...

    Published on May 20th 2011

  5. Adopt Effective Writing Habits

    Summary Understand the psychology of writing, particularly the importance of balancing believing with doubting....

    Published on Oct 28th 2009

  6. Adoptions

    As discussed at About, Writing Commons aspires to provide the resources college students need...

    Published on Mar 12th 2013

  7. Advice on Finding Collaborators

    If you have the opportunity to choose collaborators, consider this: The whole truly can...

    Published on Oct 31st 2009

  8. Annotated Bibliography

    Organize your research efforts and extend your thinking on a research topic by creating...

    Published on Mar 20th 2010

  9. Apostrophes

    Use an apostrophe to denote ownership to a singular or plural noun and indefinite...

    Published on Oct 31st 2009

  10. Archaism

    An archaism refers to an out-of-style word or phrase, such as “whilst,” “thusly,” or “thou.” When...

    Published on Mar 07th 2012

  11. Argument

    Support your arguments with reasoning, library and Internet research, and original research, including questionnaires,...

    Published on Oct 21st 2009

  12. Argument

    Understand how to make and refute arguments. Learn how to analyze a Web site...

    Published on Dec 28th 2009

  13. Arrange Access

    Secure access to the community without poisoning the waters. Experts typically agree that the...

    Published on Mar 15th 2010

  14. Articles

    English has three articles: a, an, and the. These little words are used to...

    Published on Feb 20th 2020

  15. Asking Questions: Heuristics

    Published on Oct 31st 2009

  16. Attribution, Citation, References

    Attribution refers to the act of citation--i.e., the act of identifying the original source...

    Published on Dec 15th 2019

  17. Audience

    Audience is the individual who receives a messagea discourse community or community of practicea...

    Published on Nov 11th 2009

  18. Authority is Constructed & Contextual

    Authority is Constructed and Contextual, an Information Literacy Framework proposed by the Association of...

    Published on Aug 07th 2019

  19. Autobiography

    Who are you? How have your experiences shaped your sense of what is important...

    Published on Oct 21st 2009

  20. Avoid Procrastination

    Avoid procrastination and gain some control over how you manage your time while developing...

    Published on Oct 16th 2009

  21. Avoid the Use of Unsupported Opinions as Evidence

    Why is it important to avoid the use of unsupported opinions as evidence?* Unsupported...

    Published on Apr 13th 2012

  22. Awkward Sentences

    AWK (Awkward) is an abbreviation some copy editors use to tell writers that they...

    Published on Jan 31st 2020

  23. Balance Believing with Doubting

    Just about everyone has moments of despair and doubt about their writing. After countless...

    Published on May 20th 2011

  24. Beware of “Oh, that makes sense”: Ethos in Context

    There is also, however, the credibility that comes from saying or writing something that...

    Published on Apr 16th 2012

  25. Blogging

    What is blogging? How is blogging "academic"? Most importantly, why is my teacher asking...

    Published on May 16th 2012

  26. Brevity, Clutter, Concision

    Brevity, Clutter, Concision are synonyms used to contrast wordy writing with concise writing. Note:...

    Published on Sep 10th 2019

  27. Burke’s Pentad

    Use Burke's Pentad to interpret human events, stories, and movies. In A Grammar of Motives,...

    Published on Oct 31st 2009

  28. Business Proposal

    Learning Objectives Describe the basic elements of a business proposal. Discuss the main goals...

    Published on Dec 17th 2019

  29. Causes & Effects

    "Why are things like this? What is the effect, or result, of this?" and...

    Published on Oct 21st 2009

  30. Charts and Graphs

    Understand how and when to use charts and graphs. Interact Tables and graphs enable...

    Published on Nov 01st 2009

  31. Clarity, Simplicity

    These terms--Clarity, Simplicity--are used to describe texts that convey information as simply as possible....

    Published on Jan 31st 2020

  32. Classification

    Organize information into logical groups. As with describing, narrating, defining, and comparing, classifying is...

    Published on Nov 01st 2009

  33. Clustering: Spider Maps

    Use visual brainstorming to develop and organize your ideas. Cluster diagrams, spider maps, mind...

    Published on Oct 31st 2009

  34. Collaboration Introduction

    Thanks to ever emerging new technologies, writers can collaborate in exciting new ways. Using...

    Published on Dec 09th 2009

  35. Comparison and Contrast

    Define content by comparing and contrasting categories or classes of objects. Comparing and contrasting...

    Published on Nov 01st 2009

  36. Composing Processes

    The Composing Process, most generally, refers to how a writer writes--whatever actions or intellectual...

    Published on Dec 28th 2019

  37. Consider Feedback

    Save time by resolving substantive rhetorical questions before editorial ones. View revision as a...

    Published on Nov 01st 2009

  38. Consider Your Context

    Identify the circumstances surrounding the writing project. What is going on in the world...

    Published on Oct 28th 2009

  39. Consider Your Media

    Learn how to be more creative about the effective use of media. Media can...

    Published on Oct 28th 2009

  40. Consider Your Voice, Tone, and Persona

    Enhance the likelihood that readers will respond favorably to your document by projecting an...

    Published on Nov 07th 2009

  41. Contrary to Arguments by Hardcore Open Education Advocates, Creative Commons NC ND is a Valid License for Academic Authors

    Various talented folks and communities (e.g., the Open Knowledge Foundation and QuestionCopyright.org) believe Creative Commons should retire its...

    Published on Mar 21st 2013

  42. Creating Flow via Repetition

    Writers enhance flow by repeating key words or phrases in a text to invoke...

    Published on Jan 31st 2020

  43. Creative Writing Introduction

    What is Creative Writing? Creative Writing tends to be expressive, imaginative, and literary. Readers...

    Published on Oct 29th 2010

  44. Crisis Communication Plan

    Learning Objective Understand how to prepare a crisis communication plan. A rumor that the...

    Published on Jan 08th 2013

  45. Critical Literacy

    Critical literacy concerns critical readingis concerned with rhetorical analysis of power relationships. engages students...

    Published on Mar 10th 2020

  46. Dangling Modifiers

    A modifier is a word, phrase, or clause that describes, strengthens, or clarifies another...

    Published on Mar 30th 2012

  47. Dashes

    A dash (—) is a punctuation mark used to set off an idea within...

    Published on Sep 11th 2019

  48. Dashes and Parentheses

    Create emphasis and define terms by interrupting the flow of a sentence by using...

    Published on Oct 31st 2009

  49. Deductive Order, Deductive Reasoning, Deductive Writing

    Deductive Order and Deductive Reasoning refer to the practice of reasoning and organizing information...

    Published on Nov 01st 2009

  50. Delivering a Negative News Message

    List and discuss seven goals of a negative news message. Write an effective negative...

    Published on Jan 07th 2013

  51. Demystify Research Methods

    Critique research myths that may be impairing your ability to locate, evaluate, and use...

    Published on Oct 04th 2010

  52. Demystify Writing Misconceptions

    Learn the beliefs that empower successful academic authors. To become a competent, confident writer,...

    Published on Oct 28th 2009

  53. Description

    Enable readers to visualize your message by appealing to the five senses and using...

    Published on Nov 01st 2009

  54. Despair in the Open Education World

    Thus far, 2013 has been a tough year for open-education advocates. As Flat World...

    Published on Mar 21st 2013

  55. Develop Effective Writing Habits

    Although individual writing processes are vastly different, composition scholarship provides evidence of patterns across...

    Published on Nov 11th 2009

  56. Digital Literacy

    Literacy practices are undergoing major transformations. Thanks to new writing spaces, today's college students are...

    Published on Oct 29th 2010

  57. Double-Entry Response Format

    The double-entry format is a useful technique to help you extend your thinking about...

    Published on Mar 20th 2010

  58. Edit for Diction

    Words that are missing, misplaced, or out of order reduce readability. Look for missing...

    Published on Apr 13th 2012

  59. Edit for Point of View

    To identify ineffective uses of point of view, 1) identify the various points of...

    Published on Feb 20th 2020

  60. Edit for Pronoun Agreement

    To successfully edit your usage of pronouns in a document, you first may find...

    Published on Feb 20th 2020

  61. Edit for Subject Verb Agreement

    First, double check that you understand how Subject Verb Agreement works in Standard English...

    Published on Feb 24th 2020

  62. Edit for Unclear Modifiers

    Unclear Modifiers are either dangling modifiers or misplaced modifierscaused when a modifier--a word, phrase,...

    Published on Feb 24th 2020

  63. Edit Paragraphs

    First, to edit your texts at the paragraph level, refresh your understanding about paragraph...

    Published on May 09th 2011

  64. Edit Primer Sentences

    How can short sentences be effectively combined? Use Coordinating Conjunctions Simple sentences about a...

    Published on Feb 08th 2020

  65. Edit Strings of Prepositional Phrases

    Eliminate choppy writing by avoiding unnecessary prepositions. When used in moderation, prepositions are invaluable:...

    Published on Oct 31st 2009

  66. Editing

    Editing refers to the processes rhetors engage in to refine their texts prior to...

    Published on Dec 16th 2019

  67. Effective Business Writing

    However great…natural talent may be, the art of writing cannot be learned all at...

    Published on Dec 21st 2012

  68. Eliciting Negative News

    Learning Objectives Understand the importance of feedback, even if it is negative. Describe and...

    Published on Jan 08th 2013

  69. Eliminate “to be” Verbs

    Make your sentences pack a punch. Eliminate unnecessary "to be" verbs. In our daily...

    Published on Oct 31st 2009

  70. Establish a Comfortable Place to Write

    Ideally, you should find a quiet place where all your needed writing resources—such as...

    Published on May 23rd 2011

  71. Ethngraphic Research Tools

    Broaden your understanding of ethnographic research tools. The ethnographer's eyes and ears are two...

    Published on Mar 15th 2010

  72. Examples of Effective Summaries and Paraphrases (MLA Style)

    Sample Contextualizing for the Source Being Fluent with Information Technology explores why people need to...

    Published on Mar 20th 2010

  73. Exercise: Figurative Language

    "Exercise: Figurative Language" was contributed by Allison Wise. Examine a famous speech or essay...

    Published on Apr 09th 2012

  74. Exposition

    Published on Jan 03rd 2020

  75. Flow: Integrate Textual Evidence (Quotes, Paraphrases, Summaries)

    Integrate Textual Evidence (Quotes, Paraphrases, Summaries) concerns your ability to weave citations into a...

    Published on Feb 25th 2020

  76. Focus

    The focus refers to the main idea of the text. One way to determine...

    Published on Jun 21st 2012

  77. Formatting Styles

    Understand conventions for citing information. Different academic disciplines and journals have unique formatting guidelines...

    Published on Mar 20th 2010

  78. Foundational Matters

    William Stafford: A writer is not so much someone who has something to say...

    Published on Jan 22nd 2012

  79. Freewrite

    Use freewriting to avoid writer's block, stimulate your thinking on a subject, and find...

    Published on Oct 31st 2009

  80. General Guidelines for Using the First Person

    Understand when the first person is preferable to second or third person. "Do not...

    Published on Oct 31st 2009

  81. Genres Introduction

    Broadly speaking, the term genre refers to a classification scheme for texts. For example, Netflix, the...

    Published on Oct 05th 2010

  82. Good Business Writing

    Learning Objectives Identify six basic qualities that characterize good business writing. Identify and explain...

    Published on Dec 18th 2019

  83. Government Publications

    Review research reports, pamphlets, or statistics published by the Government Printing Office (GPO). You...

    Published on Mar 05th 2010

  84. Grammar

    Grammar refers to the conventions or rules that govern the communicative practices of a...

    Published on Sep 10th 2019

  85. Group Brainstorming, Online Conversations, and Dictating

    Use talk-and-then-write strategies to jump-start writing projects. Dialoguing, dictating, and group brainstorming all rely...

    Published on Oct 31st 2009

  86. Hierarchical Maps

    Use visual brainstorming to develop and organize your ideas. Like cluster/spider maps, hierarchical maps...

    Published on Oct 31st 2009

  87. Homonym Usage

    How might you choose a homonym that is spelled correctly and communicates your meaning...

    Published on Apr 02nd 2012

  88. Hyphens

    A hyphen (-) is used in the middle of a multi-word idea or joins...

    Published on Sep 11th 2019

  89. Identify When the Active Voice is Preferable to the Passive Voice

    In general, you can make your writing more persuasive, clear, and concise by using...

    Published on Oct 31st 2009

  90. Infographics

    Infographics are texts that rely primarily on visual language rather than alphabetical language to...

    Published on Apr 03rd 2020

  91. Information Creation as a Process

    Information Creation as a Process Framework is an Framework as conceptualized by the Association...

    Published on Aug 07th 2019

  92. Information Has Value

    Information is a commodity. It has value. So, if you publish personal information via...

    Published on Aug 07th 2019

  93. Information Literacy

    Information Literacy is a critical perspective, point of view, or framework that guides how...

    Published on Sep 24th 2019

  94. Information Literacy Introduction

    During your college career, you will probably take a variety of classes in the...

    Published on Oct 20th 2011

  95. Information Literacy Perspectives & Practices

    Information Literacy Perspectives & Practices are critical points of view, theoretical lenses, that shape...

    Published on Mar 06th 2020

  96. Information Literacy Tools

    At Writing Commons, we believe tools like Zoltero and RefWorks can simplify and professionalize...

    Published on Nov 10th 2019

  97. Informed Consent

    Informed Consent | Behavior of a Field Researcher The ethics of field research are...

    Published on Mar 15th 2010

  98. Instructions & Process Reports

    "How is this done? How can I do this?"-- These questions guide authors as...

    Published on Oct 21st 2009

  99. Instructions & Processes

    "How is this done? How can I do this?"-- These questions guide authors as...

    Published on Oct 01st 2019

  100. Intellectual Property

    Identify the ethical responsibilities of authors. Understand intellectual property and copyright. In order to...

    Published on Oct 21st 2009

  101. Invent

    Use a variety of invention strategies to stimulate your creative abilities. Many people do...

    Published on Oct 31st 2009

  102. Joseph M. Moxley

    Joseph M. Moxley is a professor of English at the University of South Florida....

    Published on Aug 19th 2017

  103. Journaling: Writer’s Journal

    Understand how writers organize their commitments by organizing work under development into a notebook....

    Published on Oct 31st 2009

  104. Journalistic Questions

    Question     Who? Who is doing this? Who will do this? What? What...

    Published on Nov 11th 2009

  105. Kairos

    Kairos is timeliness, appropriateness, decorum, symmetry, balance—awareness of the rhetorical situation or "the circumstances...

    Published on Jun 25th 2019

  106. Letter Explaining Procedure

      Letter Explaining Procedure Thank you for considering submitting to Writing Commons. Below is...

    Published on Oct 21st 2011

  107. Library and Internet Research

    Become proficient at quickly locating useful information via the library and Internet. As repositories...

    Published on Oct 21st 2009

  108. Literary Criticism

    By reading and discussing literature, we expand our imagination, our sense of what is...

    Published on Oct 21st 2009

  109. Log Your Work

    Realize your creative potential and avoid procrastination by logging your work. You can be...

    Published on Oct 28th 2009

  110. Managing Group Projects

    Follow these tips for nurturing teamwork in group situations. Business leaders commonly complain that...

    Published on Oct 31st 2009

  111. Misplaced Modifiers

    A modifier is called misplaced modifier (or separated) when it has been separated in...

    Published on Mar 30th 2012

  112. Mix Quotes with Paraphrasing

    As with most other skills, practice is the best way to become effective at...

    Published on May 25th 2011

  113. Modeling/Theory Maps

    Use visual brainstorming to develop and organize your ideas. Do you have a grand...

    Published on Nov 22nd 2009

  114. Modifiers

    A modifier is a word, phrase, or clause that describes, strengthens, or clarifies another...

    Published on Feb 21st 2020

  115. Narration

    Organize according to time. Reveal the logical or chronological steps one conducts to complete...

    Published on Nov 01st 2009

  116. Navigate Feedback

    Develop a "thick skin" and learn how to distinguish between useful and useless criticism....

    Published on Oct 31st 2009

  117. Nominalizations

    In English, a nominalization refers to the grammatical construct whereby a verb, adjective, or...

    Published on Jan 31st 2020

  118. OER Webinar: Save the Date 2/28/12, 12:00 p.m. EST

    Please join Writing Commons and the Open College Textbook Community for a Webinar on Open Education...

    Published on Jan 29th 2012

  119. Organization

    Organization, for writers, is a mode of thinking, reasoningessential for communication. The human mind...

    Published on Sep 24th 2019

  120. Overcome Discouragement

    Give yourself positive messages when revising, understanding it's easier to critique than to invent....

    Published on Nov 01st 2009

  121. Page Design

    Design pages to facilitate scanning by using headings, subheadings, columns; learn special page design...

    Published on Nov 01st 2009

  122. Paragraphs Are Influenced by the Media of Writing

    As much as any of the above guidelines, you should consider the media and...

    Published on May 09th 2011

  123. Parallelism (Parallel Structure)

    Parallelism (Parallel Structure) is a grammatical concept refers to repetition of two or more...

    Published on Apr 02nd 2012

  124. Paraphrasing

    Paraphrasing is the act of expressing a text using different words yet retaining the...

    Published on Jan 18th 2020

  125. Peer Review

    Learn important collaborative and team-building skills and provide useful critiques of your peers' documents....

    Published on Nov 07th 2009

  126. Persona

    The term persona refers to a rhetor's use of a literary mask to hide...

    Published on Dec 29th 2019

  127. Pictures and Photographs

    Use pictures and photographs to catch the eye of your audience. The expression "a...

    Published on Nov 01st 2009

  128. Plagiarism

    Addresses the ethical responsibilities of authors. Avoid plagiarism and academic dishonesty. Plagiarism Plagiarism can...

    Published on Oct 21st 2009

  129. Plagiarism

    Plagiarism involves The theft of someone else's wordsThe theft of someone else's ideasThe failure...

    Published on Feb 26th 2020

  130. Plan Your Writing

    As children many of us heard the classic fable about the tortoise and the...

    Published on May 23rd 2011

  131. Play the Believing Game

    Writing, thinking, creating — these acts are bounded by two contrary processes: believing and doubting....

    Published on Oct 05th 2010

  132. Primer-Style Sentences

    A primer-style sentence is a short and simple sentence that usually includes a single...

    Published on Apr 02nd 2012

  133. Principles of Design

    Understand design principles that are important for both paper and web documents. Contrast, repetition,...

    Published on Nov 01st 2009

  134. Professional Writing

    The term "professional writing" commonly refers broadly to texts written for business purposes such as...

    Published on Oct 29th 2010

  135. Project 1: Critical Review

    How do we become experts? I will ask you to draft and revise a...

    Published on Feb 26th 2013

  136. Project 2: Explicating a Visual Image

    What does expertise look like? How do we define it? I will ask you...

    Published on Feb 26th 2013

  137. Project 3: Case Study

    What can we learn about expertise in a particular area? What does it take...

    Published on Mar 05th 2013

  138. Project 4: Writing an Op-Ed

    What do you think people need to know about expertise in your selected area?...

    Published on Mar 05th 2013

  139. Pronoun

    Pronouns are words that replace nouns. People use pronouns to avoid repeating the same...

    Published on Feb 14th 2020

  140. Proposals

    Learn how to improve your problem-solving and persuasive skills. Employ your writing and reasoning...

    Published on Oct 21st 2009

  141. Provide Background Information About the Researcher’s Methods

    By definition, critical readers are skeptical. They do not take the results of research...

    Published on May 25th 2011

  142. Provide Feedback in Group Situations

    Consider these suggestions when critiquing documents in group situations. In a writing course you...

    Published on Oct 31st 2009

  143. Provide Feedback to Others

    Follow these recommendations for providing useful feedback on peers' writing. People are often shy...

    Published on Oct 31st 2009

  144. Purpose

    Until you know your primary purpose for writing, you cannot know what information to...

    Published on Oct 28th 2009

  145. Questions to Evaluate the Authority of the Researcher’s Methods

    Here are some of the standard questions that academic readers ask when reviewing research...

    Published on May 25th 2011

  146. Read Your Paper Aloud to Check Cohesiveness

    Why is it valuable for writers to read their own work aloud? Reading their...

    Published on Apr 13th 2012

  147. Reflect on Your Writing

    Learn how to use self-reflection and responses from readers to improve your writing. Historians...

    Published on Oct 28th 2009

  148. Relate Paragraphs Logically to the Previous Paragraph(s)

    Readers also expect paragraphs to relate to each other as well as to the...

    Published on May 09th 2011

  149. Report

    What Is a Report? Reports are documents designed to record and convey information to...

    Published on Oct 01st 2019

  150. Research as Inquiry

    Researchers are driven by a desire to solve personal, professional, and societal problems. These...

    Published on Aug 07th 2019

  151. Research Methods

    Research Methods are tools and techniques that investigators use to gather and interpret information...

    Published on Aug 07th 2019

  152. Research Methods & Methodologies Introduction

    Research Primer Review the Research Primer to learn more about the ways that various...

    Published on Mar 05th 2010

  153. Research Primer

    If you are doing more than writing an essay that relies on sources, then...

    Published on Oct 04th 2010

  154. Reviews and Recommendations

    Learn to write convincing evaluations and improve your critical thinking abilities. Evaluate a performance...

    Published on Oct 21st 2009

  155. Reviews and Recommendations*

    Learn to write convincing evaluations and improve your critical thinking abilities. Evaluate a performance...

    Published on Jun 26th 2014

  156. Revise for Thesis or Research Question

    First, make sure that the paper actually has a thesis that predicts what the...

    Published on Feb 20th 2020

  157. Revision Questions

    Understand the fundamentals of page and Web design; use visual language to convey meaning;...

    Published on Nov 01st 2009

  158. Revision: Questions to Consider

    Writers use critical questions to find cracks and crannies, places where they need to...

    Published on Jan 13th 2012

  159. Rhetoric

    Rhetoric is a lens for understanding human communication.an academic field that studies how people...

    Published on Aug 07th 2019

  160. Rhetorical Analysis

    Rhetorical Analysis is the practice of analyzing a rhetorical situationto understand human decision makingto...

    Published on May 03rd 2020

  161. Rogerian Argument

    Solving Problems by Negotiating Differences  How many times have you been in an argument...

    Published on Dec 17th 2010

  162. Run-on Sentences

    A run-on sentence is an error that occurs when two independent clauses are joined...

    Published on Mar 30th 2012

  163. Sales Message

    Learning Objectives Discuss a basic sales message and identify its central purposeDetail the main...

    Published on Jan 21st 2020

  164. Sample Process Questions

    What types of questions do writers need to ask themselves and reflect upon to...

    Published on Nov 11th 2009

  165. Scheduling Writing

    Overcome procrastination by establishing an appropriate schedule. Schedules are extremely important to writers. Documents...

    Published on Oct 28th 2009

  166. Scholarship as a Conversation

    We are social animals. We learn from imitation and dialog. Hence, it's no surprise...

    Published on Aug 07th 2019

  167. Search Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

    Use encyclopedias and dictionaries to research and develop a focused analysis about your question...

    Published on Mar 05th 2010

  168. Search the Library Catalog

    Understand how to search for books, journals, government documents, and media that you can...

    Published on Mar 05th 2010

  169. Searching as a Strategic Exploration

    The Association of Colleges and Research Libraries has wisely suggested that you apply strategy...

    Published on Aug 07th 2019

  170. Seek Help from Librarians

    Consult librarians when in doubt about where to obtain information. Sometimes people are embarrassed...

    Published on Mar 05th 2010

  171. Select a Culture

    Identify a culture to study, one that you are relatively unfamiliar with. An important...

    Published on Mar 15th 2010

  172. Select Key Informants

    Wisely choose key informants and triangulate the informants' perspectives. When conducting an ethnography, the...

    Published on Mar 15th 2010

  173. Sentence Patterns

    Explore the effects of different sentence patterns on reading comprehension. When assessing whether your...

    Published on Oct 31st 2009

  174. Sentence-Level Exercise

    Experiment with these strategies to use your editing time more productively. Once you believe...

    Published on Oct 31st 2009

  175. Spelling

    Why does correct spelling matter? When a word is misspelled or is mistakenly substituted...

    Published on Apr 02nd 2012

  176. Strategic Sentence Structure

    The structure of a sentence affects comprehension. Somewhat surprisingly, short, simple sentences may win...

    Published on Sep 10th 2019

  177. Style

    Although characterized as a "local concern," style is an incredibly important aspect of writing....

    Published on Jan 31st 2012

  178. Style

    Style refers to how something is written or spoken as opposed to what the...

    Published on Sep 09th 2019

  179. Styles of Writing

    Learning Objectives Describe and identify three styles of writing. Demonstrate the appropriate use of...

    Published on Oct 01st 2019

  180. Subject-Verb Agreement

    Subject-verb agreement happens when the subject and verb of a clause agree in number....

    Published on Jul 17th 2012

  181. Subjects & Concepts

    Understand why analytical and explanatory writing is one of the most important genres of...

    Published on Dec 28th 2009

  182. Summarize & Paraphrase Sources

    Learn how to integrate the words and ideas of others into your documents without...

    Published on Mar 20th 2010

  183. Summary

    Summaries tend to be interpretive. They give the author's critical evaluation of the source....

    Published on May 25th 2011

  184. Survey Academic Research Communities

    Analyze research practices from a community perspective, and learn about the methodological assumptions of...

    Published on Oct 02nd 2010

  185. The Aaron Swartz Best Webtext Award

    Aaron Swartz was involved in activism and civic engagement. By launching the Progressive Change...

    Published on Jan 21st 2020

  186. The Aaron Swartz Best Webtext Award 2014

    Dear Colleagues, Aaron Swartz passionately believed that academic research should be freely shared as...

    Published on Sep 30th 2014

  187. The Common Topoi and Tagmemic Questions

    Use the common topoi and tagmemic questions to stimulate your creative abilities. Particle What...

    Published on Nov 11th 2009

  188. The University of South Florida

    The University of South Florida uses Writing Commons as a resource for its ENC...

    Published on Mar 18th 2013

  189. The Writing Log

    Rather than waiting for that illusive large block of time and rather than procrastinating...

    Published on Sep 10th 2014

  190. Thesis, Research Question, Hypothesis, Title

    Thesis, Research Question, and Title are expressions of focus: The Thesis Statement expresses the...

    Published on Feb 10th 2020

  191. Think Rhetorically

    Write more effective documents and save time by considering the audience, purpose, context, and...

    Published on Oct 16th 2009

  192. Timelines: Flow Chart Maps

    Use visual brainstorming to develop and organize your ideas. In 1765, Joseph Priestly created...

    Published on Oct 31st 2009

  193. Tips for Realizing Your Creative Potential

    Realize your creative potential by adopting the work habits of successful writers, artists, and...

    Published on Oct 31st 2009

  194. Title

    Where is the paper’s title? Choose an original title for the paper Center the...

    Published on Mar 30th 2012

  195. Topic Sentences

    A topic sentence summarizes the main idea or the purpose of a paragraph. In...

    Published on Jun 29th 2012

  196. Transitional Language, Metalanguage, Seques

    Transitional language, Metalanguage, and Seques refer to words, phrases, and sentences that people use...

    Published on Nov 16th 2019

  197. Transmit the Survey

    Learn the techniques to get as many responses as possible to your survey. For...

    Published on Mar 08th 2010

  198. Typography

    Understand design principles that are important for both paper and Web documents. Font selection...

    Published on Nov 01st 2009

  199. Undergraduate Publishing Websites

    Allegheny Review: dedicated exclusively to undergraduate works of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and art...

    Published on Apr 24th 2013

  200. Understanding How Conversations Change Over Time

    For example, you arrive somewhere to meet two friends and discover that they are...

    Published on Oct 01st 2019

  201. Unity @ the Paragraph Level

    Readers can generally follow the logic of a discussion better when a paragraph is...

    Published on May 09th 2011

  202. Using Academic Language

    In what ways have you fulfilled the assignment requirements as they relate to audience,...

    Published on Jan 30th 2012

  203. Using Databases: Periodical Indexes and Abstracts

    Search magazine articles, research reports, journal articles, and abstracts published in magazines, newspapers, and...

    Published on Mar 05th 2010

  204. Vague Language, Generalizations

    Vague Language refers to language that is underdeveloped, lacks substance, and is needlessly abstracthas...

    Published on Oct 31st 2009

  205. Verb Tense Shift

    A verb tense shift occurs when a writer changes tense within a single piece...

    Published on Feb 24th 2020

  206. Video

    Add video to enrich or supplant printed texts. New communication technologies enable authors to...

    Published on Nov 01st 2009

  207. Visual Brainstorming

    Use visuals to develop and organize your ideas. Understand and explore the value of...

    Published on Oct 31st 2009

  208. Visual Literacy

    Why is it that when you’re flipping through the pages of a magazine, walking...

    Published on Oct 23rd 2011

  209. Weekly Progress Report

    Use the Weekly Progress Report to keep your instructor apprised of your efforts and...

    Published on Oct 28th 2009

  210. When Is Paraphrasing Preferable to Quoting?

    Paraphrasing, on the other hand, involves rearticulating someone else's ideas. As a student, you...

    Published on May 25th 2011

  211. When is Quoting Preferable to Paraphrasing?

    When is it appropriate to rely on a direct quote? You might want to...

    Published on May 25th 2011

  212. When to Quote

    Summary: Learn how to introduce and correctly summarize, paraphrase, and cite sources. Clarify the research...

    Published on Mar 20th 2010

  213. Writing Cover Letters

    When reading cover letters, the key benchmark I use is simple: Do I get...

    Published on Oct 31st 2013

  214. Writing Studies

    Writing Studies is an umbrella term that refers to discourse communities (or communities of...

    Published on Sep 28th 2019