A list of twelve different heuristics. Great strategies for developing and organizing ideas before writing.
Information on and suggestions for pre-writing strategies. Includes free writing, mind mapping, brainstorming, and outlining. Look on the left side of the screen for directions and the center for helpful organizing graphics.
Lots of ideas on how to start a paper. Discusses different approaches to your topic and suggests different invention strategies (heuristics) for coming up with ideas.
Great strategies for overcoming writer’s block. Lists specific reasons for getting “stuck” and give useful tips for each situation.
DIFFERENT WRITING GENRES
Critical Thinking Papers
Extensive information on critical thinking skills. Includes tips on how to critically
evaluate logic, recognizing various viewpoints, and how to use critical thinking skills
Background information on the field of philosophy and description of elements of philosophy papers. Great tips on argument construction and taking a position.
Persuasive / Argumentative Papers
Description of persuasive/argumentative writing and informative list of elements of a good persuasive essay. Provides very useful strategies and steps to work on this type of assignment.
Great background on arguments in academic essays. Gives definitions and explanations of why arguments are important.
Extensive background information on summarizing, both in academics and in real life. Explains the key features of a summary and gives tips for summarizing (go to “writing the summary essay”).
Clear distinctions between summarizing and paraphrasing and clear reasons for when you want to use one or the other.
Writing about Literature
These two pages contain a lot of information about how to write about literature. They address topics, research, reading the text, and bits of the writing process.
Detailed background information on writing about literature. Gives an explanation of the writing process, steps to writing a paper about literature, and general tips.
SENTENCE & PARAGRAPH LEVEL-ISSUES
Paragraph Structure and Development
Useful information on paragraph development. Gives background information on paragraph structure and steps for writing a strong paragraph.
Detailed information on paragraph development and structure. Covers the topics of “unity”, “coherence”, “topic sentences”, and “development”. Very well-organized.
Describes the strategy of “glossing” to improve paragraph focus and organize your paper.
Explains why a paragraph should have one singular topic and gives suggestions on how to focus your body paragraphs. Gives ideas on topic sentences and developing ideas.
Sentence Level Issues
Great suggestions for dealing with sentence-level trouble spots in academic essays. Gives suggestions on how to avoid choppy sentences, how to use the same subject in multiple, consecutive sentences, and how to write a series of sentences with the same pattern or rhythm.
Strategies for improving sentence clarity. Great tips on how to write strong, clear sentences in your essays.
Describes parallelism (writing sentences in similar patterns) and explains how and why to use parallel structures in your essays.
Great tips on writing a thesis statement with helpful steps to follow for developing your own thesis.