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Helpful Websites:

Guide to Grammar and Writing:

This is an extremely comprehensive site, perhaps the best there is. It provides all types of help in both grammar and writing. There are pull down windows for word and sentence levels, paragraph level, and essay and research paper levels. There are even Peripherals and PowerPoints on specific topics, as well as a place to ask grammar questions. If you need help from anything to how to tell the difference between active and passive voice to how to document Internet sources in an APA research paper, this site can definitely help you. It is extremely user friendly.

Figurative Language

This is a wonderful guide for all types of figurative language and devices that are used in poetry. The poetry of Robert Frost is used to supply examples.

Spark Notes

Online access to Spark Notes, and you can print them out from here.


Strunk, William, Jr. 1918. The Elements of Style

This site contains the entire handbook, which is broken into individual chapter links for the user's convenience. It provides an invaluable and free writing guide.

The Plagiarism Checker

This site is easy to use. If you think your students are plagiarizing, simply scan their document as a text file onto your desktop. Then open the file, and copy and paste it into The Plagiarism Checker. It will tell you what sections of the paper are probably plagiarized and take you to the site where the student accessed the material. I have caught many students using this simple tool. It is free from the University of Maryland.

The Purdue Online Writing Lab

Over 200 free resources including: Writing and Teaching Writing, Research, Grammar and Mechanics, Style Guides, ESL, and Job Search and Professional Writing