The Department of English. History and Political Science has collected the resources listed below to help you more easily access the vast amount of information available on the World Wide Web. If you have comments related to the links provided or would like to suggest other resources, please contact the Web manager.
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USF Writes: Writing Tips by USF Students for USF Students: USF students provide a series of insights on all aspects of the writing process. USF Writes is an ongoing project in which all students taking ENGL 204 Advanced Expository Writing participate.
Effective Thesis Statement (PPT): This narrated PowerPoint presentation explains how to write a strong thesis statement. Even if you think you know what a thesis statement is, you’ll probably get something out of this presentation.
APA PowerPoint: Often imitated, never duplicated. This is the USF PowerPoint on APA formatting and citation. It’s not a substitute for an actual manual that gives you specific examples of how to cite different sources, but this presentation will give you the “big picture” about what matters in APA style.
General Web Resources
A Writer’s Reference is the companion website for Diana Hacker’s “A Writer’s Reference.” It includes exercises, tutorials and model papers.
Purdue Online Writing Lab is the best one-stop shop for information on the nuts and bolts of college-level writing. It includes handouts, exercises and examples.
How to Write a Basic Essay is an award-winning website that walks you through how to write a basic academic essay. It is the perfect resource when you have to write your first college essay for ENGL 100 or 103 (and pretty good for the rest of us, too)!
Google Books searches the full text of millions of books. Some books, mostly older ones, are available online and large sections of many others are available. While others are not available online at all, Google Books will give you enough information to find the book in the library or a bookstore.
Google Scholar searches the text of millions of academic articles. Like Google Books, some articles are fully available online. For those that aren’t, Google Scholar will provide enough information for you to figure out if the article will be helpful and find it in an online database through the library or in a hard copy format.
Citation Machine is an online program that creates APA, MLA, Chicago or Turabian citations from information you enter. You still need to check the results carefully, but this resource will at least get your citations close to where they need to be.