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"From the University of California", Writing Tips, Writing Style & Citation Styles, Other Lists of resources



From the University of California

UC Write: The University of California Writing Institute

UC Berkeley Writing Program

UC Berkeley Student Learning Center Writing Program


Writing Tips

The following are a range of resources that may help.  The fact is there is often disagreement on many of the finer points of writing.  And my best tips for writing are these:  write frequently and seek feedback from others.


57 Tips for Writing Your Term Paper

from Degree Tutor


Essay Writing Guidelines (developed by UCB Political Science graduate students)


Joshua Sowin's A Guide to Writing Well

found via Lifehack.org


5 steps to writing an effective paragraph

from Getting Things Done in Academica



From Lifehack.org

(items found on Lifehack.org)


Advice for Students: How to unstuff a sentence

Advice for Students: Beware of thesaurus


George Orwell on Writing


Politics and the English Language (an essay by George Orwell)

John Wesley's summary of the above on "Pick the Brain"


Writing Style & Citation Styles


Diana Hacker’s A Writer’s Reference

This is what I have used since I was an undergraduate. It contains sections on Composing and Revising, Effective Sentences, Word Choice, Grammatical Sentences, ESL Trouble Spots, Punctuation, Mechanics, Research Writing, Documentation (how you reference your sources), and Basic Grammar. Her main website - Diana Hacker - is also useful. The book is available in UC Berkeley’s Undergraduate and Business Libraries: PE1408.H2778 1999


Another good resource is The Little, Brown Handbook (which is neither little nor brown). It covers the same range of topics as Hacker’s book above does. The book is available in UC Berkeley’s Doe and Moffit Reference Libraries in print and multimedia editions: PE1112.F64 2001


The UC Berkeley Student Learning Center also recommends William Strunk, Jr.’s The Elements of Style. It is accessible through Bartleby.com [click here] or through their website. This book focuses on the rules of usage and the principles of composition.


UCB Library Website on Citation Styles


Resources from the OWL at Purdue


Newspaper, magazine and journal articles:  http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/08/

Books and government publications:  http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/07/

Websites:  http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/09/

General info on footnotes and endnotes:  http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/05/



Other Lists of Resources


Guides for Writing Papers

from University of Georgia


Plagiarism. Some information on plagiarism, including several examples, is available at the following website click here


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