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One of our favorite support systems is the beautifully furnished Online Writing Lab, the OWL, at Purdue University. There are so many things they do well, that we don’t feel the need to recreate what already exists.
Here is a shortcut to their MLA (Modern Language Association) tutorial and guide. MLA is usually the default citation and formatting guide our liberal arts courses use, so if your professor has asked for “MLA format,” this is what they want.
Grammar and Mechanics
The Oatmeal: learn grammar through comics
Subject-Verb Agreement (U of Wisconsin, Madison)
Active and Passive Voice (U of Wisconsin, Madison)
Clearer Sentences, verbs (U of Wisconsin, Madison)
Clearer Sentences, prepositional phrases (U of Wisconsin, Madison)
Strunk’s Elements of Style, also available in hard copy in the Studio library
Worried about plagiarism? Here’s a fifteen minute self-test you can work through to learn about common mistakes made with incorporating evidence so you can avoid accidental plagiarism: (CBB, the Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin Colleges)
When does common knowledge play into the decision to cite your sources? Dartmouth has a great resource for maintaining Academic Integrity.