Essay Writing Help

James A. Gibson Library

Essay Writing Help

General Essay Help

Grammar and Writing

Elements of Style
A classic work by William J. Strunk, rules given are still valid for English usage, composition and style.
Guide to Grammar and Style
Offers basic information on grammar and style.
How to Write an Essay (Univ. Birmingham)

How to write a Thesis Statement (Purdue Univ.)

Nuts and Bolts of College Writing (a comprehensive guide to types of writing, styles and structure)

Writer's Handbook (Univ. Wisconsin-Madison)

Writing Resources (University of Guelph)

Annotated Bibliographies

  • Annotated Bibliography
    Detailed guide which includes purpose, content, format and style with several examples.
  • How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography (Cornell University)
    Short guide with sample entry.
  • Reference Sources on Annotated Bibliographies in the James A. Gibson Library (on 1 day Reserve):

    Eula, Michael J. and Janet Maden.

    Compiling the Annotated Bibliography: a Guide

    Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., 1995

    REF LB 2369 E94 1995

    Harner, James L.

    On Compiling an Annotated Bibliography

    Modern Language Association of America, 2000

    REF LB 2369 H33 2000

General Guides

Academic Writing: an Introduction
Janet Giltrow, Broadview Press, 2005
8th floor PE 1408 G55864 2005
Assessing Writing Across the Curriculum
ed. by Charles R. Duke and Rebecca Sanchez, Carolina Academic Press, 2001
9th floor LB 1631 A67 2000
Landmark Essays on Writing Across the Curriculum
ed. by Charles Bazerman and David Russell, Hermagoras Press, 1994
8th floor PE 1404 L33 1994
WAC Casebook: Scenes for Faculty Reflection and Program Development
ed. Chris M. Anson, Oxford University Press, 2002
8th floor PE 1404 W33 2002
Writing-Across-the Curriculum and the Academic Library: a Guide for Librarians, Instructors, and Writing Program Directors
ed. by Jean Sheridan, Greenwood Press, 1995
5th floor Z 675 U5 W83 1995
Discipline Specific Guides
A Short Guide to Writing About Film
Timothy Corrigan, Pearson/Longman, 2004
REF PN 1995 C68 2004
A Short Guide to Writing About Chemistry
Herbert Beall & John Trimbur, HarperCollins College, 1996
5th floor QD 9.15 B43 1996
A Short Guide to Writing About Art
Sylvan Barnet, Little Brown, 1989
REF N 7476 B37 1989


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