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ENG 080-114: Grammar and Punctuation Resources
Comma Guidelines
This link provides a 2-page refresher of comma use, suitable for printing your own copy.
Grammar and Punctuation Practice
This site provides a series of 130 instructions and practice quizzes of grammar, punctuation, and usage from Professor Darling at Capital Community College.
Punctuation Guide
This link provides a 6-page refresher of punctuation use, suitable for printing your own copy. It also contains links to application exercises.
Touch Typing
This link will connect you to a free online program that will teach you how to type without having to look at the keys. You can use the program over the Internet, or you can download the program and install it on your home computer.
Word Origins
This link will connect you WordOrigins.org, a site devoted to the etymology, or word origins, of words and phrases.
ENG 111: Composition and Essay Resources
Conclusions
"Functions of the Conclusion" by Daniel Kies of College of DuPage gives extensive advice on writing conclusions for different types of essays.
Criteria for Evaluating an Essay
This page lists the evaluation criteria used by the Department of Languages to evaluate a student's essay. These criteria must be met for the final examination essay in ENG 111.
Editing Checklist
Use this page as a guide to editing your essay after you have revised it using the "Revision Checklist" listed below. If you would like to use this guide in the MS Word format, you can open and print it or save it on your computer: Checklist for Editing in MS Word Format.
The Elements of Style
This online version of E. B. White's famous guide explains how to write clearly and how to engage your audience. Yes, this is the same author of Charlotte's Web. Use the "next" button just above the title of the introductory chapter to move through six concise chapters of this small yet important book on usage, composition, form, and words.
Essay Basics
This section explains the basic components of writing an effective essay. If you master the skills in this section, you can apply them to writing any type of essay.
Introductions
"Functions of an Introduction" by Daniel Kies of College of DuPage gives extensive advice on writing introductions for different types of essays.
Evaluation of Basic Computer Skills
This page lists the evaluation criteria used by the Department of Languages to evaluate where students have met the college requirement for basic computer skills.
MLA Format for Essays and Research Papers
Learn how to format the first and subsequent pages of an essay or research paper in the MLA format in Microsoft Word 2003.
Revision Checklist
Use this page as a guide to revising your essay. If you would like to use this guide in the MS Word format, you can open and print it or save it on your computer: Checklist for Revision in MS Word Format.
Revision Tips
This section explains the steps to follow in revising an essay, including interactive exercises.
Sentence Sense
This online textbook — written by Evelyn Farbman and prepared for the Internet by Charles Darling of Capital Community College, Hartford, Connecticut — gives clear and concise instructions and application exercises (with answers) in writing thesis statements, topic sentences, transitions, and conclusions. This online textbook also provides instruction and exercises in punctuation, capitalization, pronoun and verb use, clear point of view, and parallelism.
Thesis Statement
"Thesis: The Thread and the Hinge" by Daniel Kies of College of DuPage gives extensive advice on writing thesis statements for different types of essays.
Touch Typing
This link will connect you to a free online program that will teach you how to type without having to look at the keys. You can use the program over the Internet, or you can download the program and install it on your home computer.
ENG 112: Research Paper Resources
Argument
Every effectively written research paper begins with an introduction that leads logically into a claim or thesis statement that is supported by the author's reasons. These reasons are themselves supported with quotations, summaries, and paraphrases from the author's research. This article from the UNC Writing Center explains how to construct an effective argument.
Plagiarism
This article from the UNC Writing Center begins with a definition of plagiarism at UNC, which is similar to the definition at your college and others. The article also explains the basics of clear and effective documentation of information borrowed to support the claim of a research paper or essay.
Checklist for Avoiding Plagiarism
Use this checklist as a guide to reviewing your research paper to make sure that you have not accidentally plagiarised any quotation, paraphrases, or summaries of information that you have located outside common knowledge. If you would like to use this guide in the MS Word format, you can open and print it or save it on your computer: Checklist for Avoiding Plagiarism (MS Word 2003 document).
Plagiarism and Collusion
This site provides a self-test that you can use to determine if you are plagiarizing any part of a report or research paper. This site is provided by Deakins University, located in Warrnambool, which is on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia.
Claims
Argumentative essays usually begin with a claim, also known as a thesis sentence. A claim is the main or controlling idea that is explained and supported by the body of the essay. Arguments usually begin with one of three types of claims. Daniel Kies of College of DuPage explains three types of claims: Factual claims, value claims, and policy claims.
Critical Analysis
Click the link to read a summary of how to analyze anyone's written or spoken argument and why this type of analysis is important for acadmeic and professional life. This advice comes from an Deakins University, located in Warrnambool, which is on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia.
Create a Bibliography in Microsoft Word 2007
Read how to create a bibliography in APA, MLA, and other formats with Word 2007.
Criteria for Evaluating an Argumentative Essay
Criteria for Evaluating an Essay on Literature
Criteria for Evaluating an Essay on Film
Criteria for Evaluating a Research Paper
Criteria for Evaluating an Individual Presentation
Criteria for Evaluating a Group Literary Presentation
Locating and Documenting Internet Sources in MLA Style
This site explains how to locate and document Internet sources using the MLA style of documentation.
Logical Fallacy
The "Logical Fallacy" entry from Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia defines logical fallacies in general and then gives an index of fallacies with detailed examples for each type of fallacy to help you identify fallacies in reasoning.
Logical Fallacies
This Encyclopedia of Errors of Reasoning helps you identify logical fallacies in the arguments of others and to avoid them in your own arguments.
MLA Citation
This handout from the Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill introduces the "the concepts and formats of MLA citation."
MLA Format for Essays and Research Papers with Word 2003
Learn how to format the first and subsequent pages of an essay or research paper in the MLA format with Microsoft Word 2003.
MLA Format for Essays and Research Papers with Word 2007
Learn how to use Word 2007 to format the first and subsequent pages of an essay or research paper in the MLA format.
MLA Formatting and Style Guide
This guide to using the MLA documentation style for research papers is provided by the Purdue University Online Writing Lab.
TRAILS — Tools for Research and Advanced Information Literacy Skills
TRAILS provides detailed instructions on locating information, principles of searching, evaluating resources, and citing resources. These skills are essential for anyone who wants to write a successful research paper.
ENG 114: Technical Writing Resources
ENG 114 Resources
This site provides students with resources to aid them in completing their ENG 114 assignments at Sandhills Community College.
ENG 131-273: Literature Resources
African American Literature
This link connects you to an annotated list of links to articles about major authors in African American literature. The site lists authors in order of their historical and literary period.
American Literature
The American Literature site is an annotated list of hundreds of online primary and secondary sources in American literature provided by "Voice of the Shuttle" by Alan Liu and colleagues in the University of California, Santa Barbara, English Department.
English Poetry
This link connects you to an annotated list of links to articles about major poets in English literature. The site lists poets in order of their historical and literary period.
Literature in English
This site is an annotated list of hundreds of online primary and secondary sources in literature written in English, provided by "Voice of the Shuttle" by Alan Liu and a development team in the University of California, Santa Barbara, English Department. Use the navigation links near the top right of the home page to search the site.
Modern American Poetry
The Modern American Poetry Web site is an online journal and multimedia companion to Anthology of Modern American Poetry and is sponsored by the Department of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Oxford University Press. The site is a comprehensive list of modern American poets with complete poems and scholarly articles about the poets and their poetry.
Modernist Poetry in English
This link connects you to an annotated list of links to articles about literary modernism in American and English literature.
Poetry of the United States
This link connects you to an annotated list of links to articles about major poets in American literature. The site lists poets in order of their historical and literary period.
Primary Resources in U.S. History and Literature
This link connects you to a collection of primary resources — historical documents, literary texts, and works of art — thematically organized with notes and discussion questions from the National Humanities Center.
Word Processing Resources
MLA Format for Essays and Research Papers with Word 2003
Learn how to use Word 2003 to format the first and subsequent pages of an essay or research paper in the MLA format.
MLA Format for Essays and Research Papers with Word 2007
Learn how to use Word 2007 to format the first and subsequent pages of an essay or research paper in the MLA format.
Create a Bibliography in Microsoft Word 2007
Read how to create a bibliography in APA, MLA, and other formats with Word 2007.
Guides to Using Microsoft Word® 2003 and 2007
This section contains guides to using Microsoft Word® for writing paragraphs, essays, and research papers. It also contains guides to designing documents; writing resumes; locating, evaluating, documenting sources; and creating tables, charts, and graphs
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

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This site is provided by the Department of Languages at Sandhills Community College.
Updated Friday, March 14, 2008