Writing Hints and Tips
Use these resources and guides to help you become a better writer.
- The Writing Process
- Expectations for Effective Academic Writing at Hope College
- How to Get Started (with thanks to Purdue University)
- Dealing With Writer’s Block (with thanks to the Purdue OWL)
- Thesis Statements (with thanks to the University of North Carolina)
- More on Thesis Statements (from Purdue)
- Help in All Stages of Writing (from Smith College)
- Writing Your Conclusion
- Critical Reading and Thinking
- Reading to Write (from UNC)
- How to do a “Close Reading” (with thanks to the Harvard Writing Center)
- Dan Kurkland's guide to Critical Reading
- Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing (from the ever-resourceful Purdue OWL)
- Evaluating a Web Page for Use in a Research Paper (with thanks to U Cal Berkeley)
- Evaluating Web Pages: Questions to Consider (from Cornell University)
- Web Evaluation Criteria (from New Mexico State)
- Grammar Aid
- The 20 Mistakes that Account for 90% of Errors (with thanks to Dartmouth College)
- A Well-designed Online Grammar Handbook (with thanks to the University of Illinois)
- Resources for English Language Learners
Over the course of the next year we plan to provide more resources here for students whose first language is not English. Meanwhile, here are some websites from other institutions that offer some specific guides and suggestions:
- Citing Sources
- EasyBib Web – A complete citation management and source documentation system.
- EndNote Web – A complete citation management and source documentation system.
- KnightCite – For quickly generating single MLA, APA or Chicago Style citations to copy and paste into your document.
- The Purdue OWL – Help with MLA, APA and Chicago Style citations.
- Style Manuals
- American Psychological Association (APA)
- Chicago Manual of Style
- Modern Language Association Handbook (MLA)
- American Chemical Society Style Guide (ACS)
- American Sociological Association (ASA Style)
- Scientific Style and Format (CSE)
- Preventing Plagiarism
- Resources at Other Institutions
These institutions have web pages like this one that will direct you to a whole host of additional writing resources:
Klooster Center for Excellence in Writing
Van Wylen Library53 Graves PlaceHolland, MI 49423