Rev. 10 August 2000
Associations-General Directories | Books/Texts Online | English Clubs and Societies | English Departments | Handbooks and References for Writers | Journals | Literature | OWLS - Writing Centers | Research | Study Guides and Strategies | Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) |
Writing Topics and Tutorials:
Argument | Grammar and Language | Style and Techniques
All Websites Checked 10 August 2000
ASSOCIATIONS and GENERAL DIRECTORIES FOR ENGLISH TEACHERS and LEARNERS
- The Alliance for Computers in Writing. An extensive listing of resources--publishers, projects, magazines and journals, courses, schools, associations, OWLs, writing-related products, etc. An excellent resource, though it has not been updated since 1996.
- The English Server at Carnegie-Mellon at http://english-server.hss.cmu.edu. This cooperative has been publishing humanities texts online since 1990. Today it offers over eighteen thousand works, covering a wide range of interests. The site offers a Yahoo-like index or directory of sites in the following areas: Resources for students and faculty; Links to art, architecture, art theory and architectural theory; Bad Subjects, a journal discussing current progressive issues; Calls for conferencepapers and journal articles; Community Literacy Center, a community-university collaborative of the Community House and CMU; Cultronix, a journal of contemporary art and cultural theory; readings in current cultural studies and critical theory; a collection dedicated to the links between technology and culture; a collection of plays,modern works and classics;a site for eighteenth century cultural studies;information about the Carnegie Mellon English Department; select resources in feminism and women's studies; novels and short fiction, classics and new writers' work; works in film, television and other media studies; some resources concerning gender, sex and sexuality;materials in government, law, and their social implications; archives and resources in history and historiography; the personal home pagesof English Server members; resources about the internet: guides, essays and articles;a collection of magazines, journals and newspapers; resources in language studies and theory; links to international and Pittsburgh library catalogs; education and literacy resources for students and teachers; Marx and Engels: a collection of writings in economic and social theory; a small collection of artwork, audio, graphics and video; a huge collection of works in music and music theory; writings by modern and classical philosophers; information about the city of Pittsburgh and its neighborhoods; Poetry: original and classic verse, literary and poetic theory; materials on race and ethnicity in the U.S.; Recipes: vegetarian recipes, and links to good related sites; Reference: select reference materials for academic research and everyday life; Rhetoric: scholarly and pedagogical resources for rhetoricians; Software: freeware and shareware for your computer; new, original poetry that reflects quality, imagination and intelligence; information about the CMU Women's Center collective. Web maker is Geoffrey Sauer.
- Indispensable Writing Resources Page at <http://www.quintcareers.com/writing/> . Includes a set of links to writing resources, a writing library, and an essay by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D. and Katharine Hansen entitled "The Importance of Good Writing Skills." (Rormerly at http://www.stetson.edu/~rhansen/writing.html --Original description: Subtitled "Write Your Way to a Higher GPA" and created by Dr. Randall Hansen, Associate Professor of Marketing, School of Business Administration, Stetson University, DeLand, FL--the Table of Contents of this site lists the following Writing Resources: Reference Material, Web Search Engines, Internet Reference Resources, Writing-Related Web Sites, Web Writing, Reference Sites, Writing & Style Library: General Writing Style Guides, Subject-Specific Writing, Style Guides, Writing Skills: The Importance of Good Writing Skills, Site Search: Find it Here, and Awards & Honors. Hansen writes, "This is an award-winning Web Site!! The goal of this site is to help people become better writers by providing the best resources on the Web. . . .// You'll find everything on and off the Net that you could possibly need in writing or researching a paper, including links to all sorts of reference material, links to writing labs, links to Web search engines, and links to writing-related Web sites.")
- The National Council of Teachers of English. Fairly comprehensive site, particularly useful for high-school teachers.
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- The Bartleby Archive: The Bartleby Project is housed at Columbia University; the site contains the complete texts of many classic books, and reference books.
- The Gutenberg Project. "Fine Literature Digitally Re-Published"--Gutenberg is the oldest and one of the largest archives of electronic texts of print material. Michael Hart, Executive Director.
- The On-Line Books Page: A searchable index of thousands of books available on the Internet. A Carnegie-Mellon University web site.
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ENGLISH CLUBS and SOCIETIES
- MiraCosta College English Club
- Sigma Tau Delta at <http://www.english.org/>. International English honors society.
ENGLISH (WRITING) DEPARTMENTS and MAJORS--in MiraCosta College region
- California State University SAN MARCOS: Literature and Writing Program at <http://ww2.csusm.edu/Lit_Writing/>
- SAN DIEGO State University: Department of Rhetoric and Writing Studies at <http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/dept/drwswebb/rwdept.html>. Department of English and Comparative Literature at <http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/dept/english/engl.html>.
- University of California IRVINE: Composition Program at <http://eee.uci.edu/programs/comp/index2.html>. Composition, Rhetoric, and Writing Programs on the Web at <http://eee.uci.edu/programs/comp/others.html>. Upper-Division Writing Site at <http://www.humanities.uci.edu/comp/>. Department of English and Comparative Literature at <http://www.humanities.uci.edu/english/>
- University of California SAN DIEGO: Muir College Writing Program at <http://provost.ucsd.edu/muir/instructional/muir-writing/index.html>. Revelle Humanities Program at <http://provost.ucsd.edu/revelle/academic/requirements.html>. UCSD Literature Department Program at <http://orpheus.ucsd.edu/lit/>. Literatures of the World Major:<http://orpheus.ucsd.edu/lit/worldlit.html>.
- University of California RIVERSIDE: Department of English at <http://www.ucr.edu/CHSS/depts/english/englhome.htm>.
Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages at <http://www.ucr.edu/CHSS/depts/litlang/index.html>.
HANDBOOKS AND REFERENCES FOR WRITERS
- Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. Looking for a good quotation? Find one here in this searchable classic text, brought to you by Project Bartleby.
- The Elements of Style. The classic 1918 book by William Strunk, Jr.
- Norton: Writing--A Concise Handbook at http://web.wwnorton.com/college/english/wacon.htm . Grammar Workouts: Interactive Exercises--more than 90 sets of multiple-choice grammar and punctuation exercises for use on Macintosh and Windows systems.
LITERATURE RESOURCES. See Floren's Literature and Humanities Resources
- College Composition and Communication at http://ncte.org/ccc/ex.html
- Computer-Mediated Communication at <http://www.december.com/cmc/mag/current/toc.html>.
- Journal of Composition Theory at <http://www.engl.iastate.edu/main/resources/jac.html>. "JAC (JAC) is a refereed journal of composition theory and advanced writing. It provides a forum for scholars of rhetoric and composition theory, especially those interested in the general field of advanced composition, including advanced expository, business and technical writing, and writing across the curriculum." Published by the Association of Teachers of Advanced Composition with financial support from Iowa State University, the University of South Florida, and the University of Southern Mississippi." Provides open access to archived issues and online abstracts of current issues (full text of current issues available only by subscription). Co-edited by Thomas Kent, Department of English, Iowa State University, and Sydney Dobrin, Department of English, University of Florida.
- Kairos at <http://english.ttu.edu/kairos/index.html>. Subtitled "A Journal for Teachers of Writing in Webbed Environments," Kairos describes itself as " electronic journal designed to serve as a peer-reviewed resource for teachers, researchers, and tutors of writing at the college and university level, including Technical Writing, Business Writing, Professional Communication, Creative Writing, Composition, and Literature. // Our goal at Kairos is to offer a progressive and innovative online forum for the exploration of writing, learning, and teaching in hypertextual environments like the World-Wide Web. At the same time, we hope that our balance between the cutting edge of the Web and the traditional academic need for juried publications will help electronic scholarship earn a stronger and more valued place in our field. . . .// In hypertextual environments, writers are not only learning to strike forcefully in the traditional sense of presenting the correct words in the proper manner, but are also learning to weave a writing space that is more personal than the standard sheet of paper. We are writing differently; we are reading differently; we are learning differently; we are teaching differently. Kairos is a journal that addresses these facts individually and syllogistically." Sponored by the Alliance for Computers and Writing, Kairos is staffed by educators and professionals who have been at the forefront of Webbed developments in English studies. Current editor is Gred Siering.
- PRE/TEXT Electra (Lite) at <http://www.utdallas.edu/pretext/info.html>. Co-editors Cynthia Haynes and Victor Vitanza describe this e-journal as an "'ad hoc' electronic
journal, a temporary surrogate for a more e-laborate, more e-playful, forthcoming electronic publication. This electronic version, like the forthcoming one, is an X-tension of the print ("pulp") version of PRE/TEXT: A Journal of Rhetorical Theory. With the publication of Issue 2.1, P/T:E(L) will have become a WOO-E-Journal.
- RhetNet: A Dialogic Publishing (Ad)venture at <http://www.missouri.edu/~rhetnet/>.
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OWLS (ONLINE WRITING LABS) and WRITING CENTERS
- All About OWLs at <http://english.ttu.edu/kairos/1.1/owls/owlfront.html>. An issue of Kairos dedicated to the theory and practice of Online Writing Labs and Centers.
- List of Writing Centers and OWLs. The National Writing Center Association (NWCE) of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) provides a comprehensive list of links to the writing centers in the U.S. The site also provides more resources for English students and teachers. Table of Contents: <http://departments.colgate.edu/diw/NWCA.html>.
- Annotated (Described) List of Writing Centers and OWLs. The OWL at Roane State Community College provides a shorter list of links that the NWCE above--but they're briefly described on the page, so you can determine in advance whether a particular site will be of use to you.
- Colorado State University Writing Center at <http://writing.colostate.edu/>. Includes links to assignments and class pages, tutorials, reference materials, online resources, and online tutoring. Useful site map.
- Computer Writing and Research Labs (CWRL). The CWRL site, administered by the Division of Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Texas at Austin, provides an extensive list of resources including online writing courses, discussion forums, mu environments, the cwrl e-journal, student work, student resources, and more.
- De Vry's Online Writing Support Center at <http://www.devry-phx.edu/lrnresrc/dowsc/>. Harvard Writing Center at http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~wricntr/index.html
- Michigan State University Writing Center
- Purdue University OWL. This is the model upon which many OWLs are based.
- Rensselaer Writing Center at http://www.rpi.edu/web/writingcenter/
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne Writer's Workshop at http://www.english.uiuc.edu/cws/wworkshop/index.htm
- University of Michigan OWL
- University of Missouri at Columbia Online Writery at <http://www.missouri.edu/~writery/>.
- University of Richmond Writing Center at http://www.richmond.edu/~writing/
- University of Texas-Austin, Undergraduate Writing Center at <http://uwc-server.fac.utexas.edu/>. Handouts and other student resources are available at this site. CWRL (Computer Writing and Research Lab) is also available.
- University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center at <http://www.wisc.edu/writing/>. Includes a Writer's Handbook for Academic Writing
- University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Writing Center at http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/English/wcenter/
- Virginia Tech's First Year Writing Program at http://athena.english.vt.edu/~1styear/cover.html
- Washington State University's Online Writing Lab at http://owl.wsu.edu/
RESEARCH. See Floren's Information Competency and Research Resources
STUDY GUIDES AND STRATEGIES
- University of St. Thomas Instructional Division Services' "Study Guides and Strageties" at http://www.iss.stthomas.edu/studyguides/
WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM (WAC)
- University of Illinois-Urbana Resources for Teachers of Writing at <http://www.english.uiuc.edu/cws/wworkshop/ww_wac.html#wac>
- University of Wisconsin, Madison, WAC at <http://www.uwm.edu/letsci/edison/wn.html>.
WRITING TOPICS: Argument
- Writing Argumentative Essays at <http://www.powa.org/argufrms.htm>. The Paradigm Online Writing Assistant includes a section on argument, with these topics: Occasions for Argumentative Essays, Arguing in Context, Stating Your Proposition, Anticipating Opposition, Expanding Your Argument, and Three Argumentative Appeals.
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WRITING TOPICS:Grammar and Language
- Common Errors in English at <http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/errors.html>. Paul Brians, Department of English, Washington State University.
- English Grammar Online at <http://www.edunet.com/english/grammar/index.html>. Created by the Digital Education Network for those who speak English as a second language. (Copyright 1996)
- English Institute's Elementary Grammar Handbook at <http://18.104.22.168/WWW/intro.html>.
- Gender-Free Pronoun FAQ's at <http://www.lumina.net/gnp>. See also Writing with Gender-Fair Language at <http://www.rpi.edu/dept/llc/writecenter/web/text/gender.html>.
- Grammar and Style Notes by Jack Lynch at <http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing/>. Professor Jack Lynch's University Pennsylvania site, as he describes it contains entries of two types: "specific articles on usage, and more general articles on style. The specific articles cover such things as when to use a semicolon and what a dangling participle is; the general articles discuss ways to make 'proper' writing even better. The specific articles can be further divided into two classes: (1) grammatical rules and explanations, matters rather of precedent than of taste; and (2) more subjective suggestions for making your writing clearer, more forceful, and more graceful. The specific articles are intended for quick reference, such as when you have to find out whether which or that is appropriate. The general articles lend themselves to browsing and absorbing over time.// The general articles are no less important than the "rules." In fact, bad writing is rarely a matter of grammatical rules -- editors can clean these up with a few pencil marks. It's more often the result of muddled thought. Bad writers consider long words more impressive than short ones, and use words like usage instead of use or methodologies instead of methods without knowing what they mean. They qualify everything with It has been noted after careful consideration's and the facts get buried under loads of useless words. They pay no attention to the literal sense of their words, and end up stringing stock phrases together without regard for meaning. They use clichés inappropriately and say the opposite of what they mean."
- Grammar Handbook, UIUC. An online handbook by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne. Hypertext explanations, some teacher suggestions, but no interactivity.
- Grammar Help and Interactive Language Exercises at <http://www.hut.fi/~rvilmi/help/grammar_help/>. Ruth Vilmi's Web site.
- Guide to Grammar and Writing at <http://webster.commnet.edu/HP/pages/darling/original.htm>. Charles Darling of the Capital Community-Technical College
- Internet Anagram Server at <http://www.wordsmith.org/anagram/index.html>.Created by Anu Garg, MS Computer Science Case Western University and currently Internet engineer and WWW designer at ATT Labs, this site provides interactive experience with anagrams. Type in a word or phrase, and you can get a listing of anagrams! Nice work!
- Richard Lederer's Verbivore. Richard Lederer, who writes popular books about the joys and wierdness of the English language, calls himself a "fly-by-the-roof-of-the-mouth user- friendly English teacher, Wizard of Idiom, Attila the Pun, and Conan the Grammarian." His Website includes some of his writings, and his recommendations for other WWW resources for lovers of the English language. In his introduction, Lederer writes, "Welcome to the web site woven for wordaholics, logolepts, and verbivores. Carnivores eat meat; herbivores eat plants and vegetables; verbivores devour words. If you are heels over head (as well as head over heels) in love with words, tarry here awhile to graze or, perhaps, feast on the English language. Ours is the only language in which you drive in a parkway and park in a driveway and night falls but never breaks and day breaks but never falls."
- A Web of Online Grammars. Developed by Professor Robert Beard of Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, this page is described as maintaining "links with on-line grammars of as many languages as can be found on the Web. It includes all types of grammars: reference grammars, learning grammars, and historical grammars. Grammars are selected for their accuracy and effectiveness for learning the language they describe. All are free unless otherwise indicated. See also Beard's Homepage at <http://www.facstaff.bucknell.edu/rbeard/index.html>.
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WRITING TOPICS: Style and Techniques
Writing Techniques Handbook at UIUC. Information but no interactivity.
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Gloria Floren, Letters Department, MiraCosta College, One Barnard Drive, Oceanside, California 92056. U.S.A. E-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org> Created 31 July 1997, by Gloria Floren. Revised 10 August 2000. Contents Copyright 1997-2000 All rights reserved Gloria L. Floren.