The following downloadable PDF documents provide useful advice for a variety of writing and grammar topics:
Content and organization
- Cutting clutter
- Self-revision checklist
- Thesis statements
- Using outside sources
- Using quotes effectively
- Writing an introduction
- Writing a conclusion
- Writing survival
Grammar and usage
- Active verbs
- Comma splices
- Dangling modifiers
- Parallel structure
- Proofreading for commas
- Sentence clarity
- Vague pronouns
- Literature Reviews
- Research Proposals
- Writing a research paper
- Book Reviews
- Business Writing
- History Writing
- Lab Reports
- Personal Statements
- Self Revision Checklist
Purdue's Online Writing Lab
Purdue University's OWL offers many additional handouts, materials, and writing resources.
Eastern Oregon University's Writing Lab
Check out Eastern Oregon University's resources for writers, which include links to handbooks and grammar guides, dictionaries, ESL resources, and more.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Writing Center
Check out UNC-CH's extensive resources for writers that cover such topics as scientific research reports, annotated bibliographies, procrastination, proofreading, and more.
Dartmouth College's Online Writing Materials
Visit Dartmouth College's online site to view materials that can guide you through writing academic papers, and offer specific help in writing in the social sciences, sciences, and humanities.
A free, searchable online dictionary and thesaurus.
The Elements of Style
William Strunk, Jr.'s The Elements of Style is a classic reference guide that briefly gives the principal requirements of plain English style and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated.
Guide to Grammar & Writing
The Guide to Grammar and Writing contains scores of digital handouts on grammar and English usage, computer-graded quizzes, search engines, and more.
Advanced Composition for Non-Native Speakers of English - ESL Bee
“This web site is for ESL/EFL students who want to write in English for academic purposes. The material in this site is aimed toward high intermediate or advanced English learners who have never taken a formal English writing course and whose TOEFL score is about 500 or more. The main objective of this site is to help non-native English speakers write for an English speaking academic audience.”
The Structure of an American Essay - Dartmouth Writing Program
This site from Dartmouth College’s writing program gives ESL students a very thorough description of what an American academic paper entails and how it may differ from non-native writing in structure and content. This site specifically examines the American academic argument and the structure of American sentences, thesis statements, paragraphs, and essays.
ESL Resource Center
This site is a general resource site for non-native speakers who are just beginning to learn English. It consists of several online lessons, practice quizzes, and listening activities to help the student. It also contains links to online dictionaries, thesauruses, encyclopedias, and reference resources.
Dave's ESL Cafe
Dave’s ESL Café is a comprehensive ESL resource for students and teachers. This site includes discussion forums, quizzes on points of grammar, English pronunciation guides, a Help Center that will answer ESL questions 24 hours a day, and resource pages that alphabetically list and define English slang words, idioms, and phrasal verbs. Dave’s ESL Café also includes links to job and résumé postings.
Learn English Effectively - Antimoon.com
The focus of this site is motivation and techniques for effectively learning English. The authors of Antimoon.com do not see grammar exercises as the way. Included in their site are reviews of techniques, pronunciation guides, and accounts of how the authors learned English. This site requires an intermediate reading level.
ESL Independent Study Lab
While many ESL sites organize links by topic, this site goes two steps further. First, it focuses on links that allow students to work (somewhat) independently. Second, it organizes the links by level. The ESL Independent Study Lab includes links for all skill levels and TOEFL scores, plus the site creator's favorite picks for content area instruction. All of the links on this site are relevant to English language teaching and learning in some manner, from scholarly papers to job opportunities.
Breaking News English - Ready-to-use ESL/EFL Lessons
Breaking News English includes ready-to-use ESL/EFL lessons that address speaking, reading, and listening skills. Each lesson plan has a reading (intermediate and low-advanced versions of each reading are available), which serves as the basis for discussion, word development, and a variety of listening exercises. A Word/PDF version of each lesson is available, as well as an MP3 of the reading to use for the listening exercises.
International Student Message Board
This is a message board for international students. Topics focus mostly on issues of studying abroad, such as finding work, the best places to go, and the benefits/costs of studying in another country. This site is geared mostly towards students studying in America.