Documentation: Chicago Style (University of Wisconsin at Madison) This site provides examples for the unique note style citation called Chicago Style. Several links cover everything you need to know for the proper use and appropriate subject for this style of research. The pages were user friendly and book sources were listed for further information. [TM]
Bibliography Styles Handbook (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) This site provides an individual link to every part of an MLA, APA and Old MLA style of documentation. The most useful examples for me were the quotes placed in varies parts of a sentence and the appropriate way for in text citing. [TM]
Columbia Online Style: MLA-Style Citations of Electronic Sources Janice Walker, University of South Florida This page is continually updated by the English department to keep up with the changing format of Internet documentation. If you are using the MLA style and have several Internet sources to cite this page offers several examples. [TM]
Index of World Wide Web Links by Category (Alliance for Computers and Writing) This site is a collaborative project were web sites that pertain to English studies are listed . The electronic resources are separated by category and cover grammar to research. This page is an excellent starting point when looking for help with various writing dilemmas. [TM]
Composition Sites on the WWW This site contains links to sites that concern Composition. They also post book, article and lecture information that can provide you with different types of sources. Occasionally a professor may ask you to use an article for a source. This page will direct you to a hard copy, book with a review of the article, the article if posted on the Internet. Time saver site. [TM]
Links to ESL Articles This site is by far the best one around. It includes 11 pages of TESL/TEFL/TESOL/ESL/EFL/ESOL links to articles in specified areas. There are no divisions between subject areas, so browsing is necessary. This is the most thorough site, especially in regard to research on the college level. The site is well documented and the links are credible. [RS]
Dave's ESL Question Page This page is very casual in nature and is more of a question and answer column from a man named Dave Sperling. As of November 18, 1997 the page included 10 pages of questions, with more being added every day. The site is less helpful than the previous site but still offers beneficial suggestions for researching and teaching ESL. [RS]
Some Notes on Gender-Neutral Language (Carolyn Jacobson, graduate assistant English Department, University of Pennsylvania) The web site contains the history of the use of the word mankind, the problem that developed in the 16th and 17th century, the pronoun problem itself and some solutions to the pronoun problem as well as some practical hints at today's struggle of writing in a gender neutral society. Examples such as occupations, indefinite pronouns and several grammar rules that come from the National Council of Teachers of English are used to further explain the way one might remove all traces of gender specific or gender derogatory language can be prevented. All in all the site is a good starting place to begin the daunting task of being gender neutral in one's writing in the current times in which we live. [MD]
Guidelines for the Use of Non-Sexist Language Guidelines for the introduction of non-sexist language, the title of the article is an article, who does not have an author specifically ascribed to it that gives a definition of the terms non sexist or gender neutral language, an explanation of why to use it, lists of things and examples of how to replace sexist language with non sexist language and a reminder to be consistent in the treatment of the subject. [MD]
OWL Handouts: An Outline of all the Documents (Purdue University Online Writing Center) This has handouts for almost every topic in writing. The topics start very general and become more specific as you get into the site. Some of the topics covered are: general writing, research papers, parts of speech, professional writing, and issues in writing. The handouts are organized as lessons for use by teachers. [JG]
The University of Victoria's Hypertext Writer's Guide This site offers help for writers and literary students on a variety of topics. This site could be more time-consuming to use because it is in hypertext. The topics addressed include: essays, literary terms, grammar, documentation, and other topics. [JG]
The UW-Madison Writing Center Handouts This site provides handouts on different topics in writing. It covers topics related more to academic writing. Some of the topics include: peer review, writing letters, grammar, and documentation. [JG]
Writing Help This web site is a great resource for many different types of writing for people of many different walks of life. With links to tips of writing short essays and research writing to an example abstract and examples of academic theses, this site can show students of in any level of education how they can write better. However, this site is not restricted to the realm of academic writing; the list of writing helps continues to business writing. The section about copyright help discusses the issues involved with copyrighting material, the rights and the procedure for copyrighting something. It also mentions the copyright issues that have cropped up with the ubiquity of the Internet. A large section focuses on technical writing, and another section includes resources for style questions: stylebooks and style sheets.
JOURNALS IN COMPOSITION
Computers and Composition Includes online features and bibliographies. [AC]
The Alliance for Computers and Writing This is an organization designed to combine the ideas of teachers, academic institutions, and business entities. There site has several links to other such organizations and links to essays that go along with their ideas. [AC]
College Composition and Communication This journal is published by the The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), an organization for professors or teachers of writing. This organization was one of the sites that had a link from the ACW. From this site you can link back to the activities that have happened in this organization in the last couple of years and you can find a list of everything they are planning on doing in the near future. [AC] Computers and Text is an online site published by Oxford University, dealing sith the increasing use of computer technology in the Arts. This online journal, serves as an open forum to writers of all disciplines, and is available for free over the Net.
Kairos: A Journal for Teachers of Writing in Webbed Environments This electronic journal (Kairos) explores the effects of hypertextual technology in writing, teaching, and learning at the college level. It is intended to be a peer-reviewed resource for instructors of upper-level students. It is easily accessible, readable, and understandable.
RhetNet RhetNet is not as much for information as it is for uncensored submission. People send in their ideas for each particular writing style listed on the site. As a viewer, you can either read other peoples writings or create your own to be added to the list. [AC]
ONLINE WRITING LABS (OWLs)
Purdue University Online Writing Lab Online Writing Labs are extremely interesting. They are tools through which a writer can attain help through writing tutorials. These sites help the writer focus on writing, get started, make suggestions on direction, and a bevy of other situations. It is the everything tool for your writing needs. This site could be a life-saver for writing students. The site is very impressive and is indexed quite plainly for easy access. Many students have used this lab, and they have a list of many accolades from extremely pleased users. [SC]
The National Writing Centers Association Page (National Writing Centers Association) This site is an easy access tool to any OWL in the country. Their goal is to provide the largest source of OWL references in the nation. It is extremely helpful to use, for it has links to every OWL in listing. There is a link to print and on-line journals that deal with current trends in the writing world. The site contains articles that express views on various topics including the electronic world of writing and the English as second language issues. The center is available for a very diverse audience of writers and those that teach or tutor writing. The link to the resources contains dictionaries, thesauruses, MLA and APA format guides, and grammar guides. This site is not an OWL itself, but it is definitely a great tool in accessing other sites. Writers will find this site a great time-saver!
Portfolio News (Teacher Education Program, University of California, San Diego, California) This Internet site showed the reader where they could buy information to start a portfolio. The main goal of this site is to allow users of portfolios to share information. On this cite there were glowing reports on how these books had changed the lives of both students and professors. There was also a link available that allowed the reader to subscribe to the newsletter. [AS]
Your Resume (Purdue University On-Line Writing Lab) This website included complete, full, precise and easy to understand suggestions on writing an accurate and impressive resume. It contained different resumes types and certain considerations such as "skill resume style," and "imaginative resume style." It would be extremely useful and resourceful for someone who is an undergraduate, or someone who has just graduated. I would highly recommend this site as a good source to look up in learning to write a "self-selling" resume. [JW]
WEB SITE EVALUATION
Evaluating Web Sites: Criteria and Tools (Cornell University Library Reference Division) The above web site contains helpful information particularly for students or people doing research for other purposes. The site is divided into the following fields: Context, Evaluation Criteria, Web Reviews and Ranking, and Webliography. The site discusses the process by which one should go about evaluating a web site and lists the specific criteria a competent web site should meet. It also offers a selection of reliable web sites. [KM]
Resources on Evaluating Information on the Internet/Web The above web site is also directed toward a research-minded audience. The site is made up of many different links to nationwide libraries or associated persons. The site stretches across the spectrum of formality in that it contains a link entitled "Critical Thinking and Internet Resources," which is highly formal, as well as a link entitled "Why we need to evaluate what we find on the Internet," which is much more personal. [KM]