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The resources on the following pages have been collected here to help faculty and students utilize the vast information available on the World Wide Web. If you have comments on the links included in these pages, or if you have suggestions for other resources to be added, please contact the Department Web Manager.

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Online Resources

USF Writes: Writing Tips by Saint Francis Students for Saint Francis Students: A series of insights on all aspects of the writing process from USF students.  This is an ongoing project of students taking ENGL 204 Advanced Expository Writing

Effective Thesis Statement Powerpoint: Narrated PowerPoint presentation on how to write a strong thesis statement.  Even if you think you know what a thesis statement is, you'll probably get something out of this presentation.

APA Powerpoint:  Often imitated, never duplicated, this is the USF PowerPoint on APA formatting and citation.  It's not a substitute for an actual manual that gives you specific examples of how to cite different sources, but this PowerPoint will give you the "big picture" about what matters in APA style.

General Web Resources

A Writer's Reference: The companion website for Diana Hacker's A Writer's Reference. Includes exercises, tutorials, and model papers.

Purdue Online Writing Lab: The best one-stop-shopping site for information on the nuts and bolts of college-level writing. Includes handouts, exercises, and examples.

How to Write a Basic Essay: An award-winning site that walks you through how to write a basic academic essay.  Perfect site for ENGL 100 or 103 students writing their first college essay (and pretty good for the rest of us, too!).

Google Books: Searches the full text of millions of books.  Some books (mostly older ones) are available online.  Many others have large sections of the book available. Others are not available online, but Google will give you enough information to find the book in the library or a bookstore.

Google Scholar: Searches the text of millions of academic articles.  Like Google Books, some articles are fully available online.  For those that aren't, you will get enough information to figure out if the article will be helpful to you and to find it in an online database through the library or in a hard copy format.

Citation Machine: An online program that creates APA, MLA, Chicago, or Turabian citations from information entered by the user.  You still need to check the results carefully, but this can at least get your citations close to where they need to be.

Online Dictionary and Thesaurus