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General Writing Resources
OWL at Purdue, Online Writing Lab: Offers online handouts covering writing, research, grammar, and MLA and APA style. A fantastic resource!
Grammar Girl: A grammar advice blog. You might try listening to her podcast, too.
Writing an Email to Your Professor: Don't sound silly.
How to Read for Graduate Study in Theology
Informal tips for reading theology well from Dr. Jeremy Garber.
Clarity and Coherence
Consistency Matters: Five ways to eliminate common obstacles to understanding.
"How to Edit Your Own Writing," Caroline McMillan (provided by Greg Grobemeier): Some great tips for reading through your first draft with the right critical eye.
"Academic Voice," from the Vanderbilt Writing Studio: Sometimes trying to write with an "academic voice" can be frustrating and confusing. This handout gives some helpful advice for the academic writer in a rut.
"Signposting," Martin Hampton, University of Portsmouth: Helpful handout that teaches the uses of "signposting" an essay, that is, using words to tell your reader about the content of your essay. Solid large-scale signposts can help you make a clear and thesis-driven essay.
"Reverse Outlining," Dr. Justin Barber: A great way to check the logic of sticky drafts. Can also help identify weak or redundant elements and paragraphs in a paper.
"Mind-mapping, Tree Diagraming, Linear Outlining," Kathleen Douglass: This offers a few suggestions and a model for outlining papers.
Usage and Syntax
"Punctuation," Dr. Melissa Pula: Essential punctuation primer personalized for Iliff students
"Using Semicolons," from The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin- Madison: Those little dotted commas can trip up the most savvy student. Brush up here.
"That Versus Which," Helen Giron-Mushfiq: A handy reference about the proper use of that and which.
"'For and Since' for Time," John Kinsey: We often use "for" and "since" when talking about time. It may be helpful to remember that "for" is typically followed by a period of time, while "since" comes before a point in time.
"Comma Splices and Fused Sentences," Tim Inman: Sentences confused? Commas can help!
Understanding the Wording of the Question: You must know what a professor wants in order to write what she wants!
Timing It Right!: Don't under-plan or over-plan.
Checklist for Assessing the Writing Situation: Make sure you remember your writing situation.
"Thesis Statements," Dr. Margaret Procter, University of Toronto: One of my favorite, clear, concise handouts about thesis statements, just in case you want more than this one. Read and follow!
"Make a Thesis Statement Work for You," Dr. Elizabeth Coody: The former director of the Writing Lab distills what you need to know about thesis statements for most of your classes at Iliff.
"Five Things Iliff Professors Want You To Know About Writing," Dr. R.J. Hernández-Díaz: A revised and updated version of the classic handout by a graduate of Iliff/DU doctoral program.
Make sure you cite your sources using the appropriate style for the assignment. Ask your professor which citation style they prefer for the assignment.
Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide: A useful and quick cheat-sheet citation guide to the Chicago Manual Style.
Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) Style Guide for Students (Second Edition): A handy reference for students using the Society of Biblical Literature style (recommended for bible students).
American Psychological Association (APA) Style Guide for Students: This style is usually reserved for students doing pastoral or spiritual care and counseling writing.
"Quotations," from the UNC Writing Center; provided by Dr. Hannah Adams Ingram: This is a master guide for when/why/where/how to use quotations in a paper. This is a must-read for anyone working directly with texts and other sources in their papers.
DU/Iliff Joint PhD Program Dissertation Formatting Guide: A formatting guidebook for dissertation authors in the Joint Doctoral Program
The Thesis Whisperer: an inspirational blog newspaper dedicated to the topic of doing a doctoral thesis/dissertation
While, of course, you should follow the DU guide for formatting, this Dissertation Writing Guide from the University of Michigan Library is very helpful about some specific solutions dealing with Microsoft Word. In particular, I like the Working with Styles section.
Responding to Your Peers
"Rules for Constructively Reading Someone Else," Dr. Elizabeth Coody: Reading a peer's work (for class or as a favor) can be a daunting task. Here are some rules to help you feel generally prepared.
"Guidelines for Respondents," Dr. Pamela Eisenbaum: Our professor created these guidelines for a specific class assignment, but they are an excellent guide for anyone asked to read a peer's work.
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