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Purdue OWL

Some Excellent Links from Other Writing Centers

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University provides much more useful information, explore their wonderful site. In alphabetical order (and available in 'printer-ready' formats) some of the many useful links are:


The excellent OWL has much much more than is linked to here - please feel free to explore their site and let the CWU Writing Center know which OWL links or topics should be added to the CWU Writing Center website.

The University of North Carolina Writing Center has a webpage with links to discussions about academic writing:

Common Errors in English

Paul Brians, a Professor of English at Washington State University, has assembled a truly superb set of pages about "Common Errors in English" (he has a book too), which he defines as "deviations from the standard use of English as judged by sophisticated users such as professional writers, editors, teachers, and literate executives and personnel officers". Mr. Brians makes it very clear that "You have the right to express yourself in any manner you please, but if you wish to communicate effectively, you should use nonstandard English only when you intend to, rather than fall into it because you dont know any better", and his site is dedicated to helping you be an informed and resourceful user of the English Language.

Also included is a list of "Non-Errors" ("Those usages people keep telling you are wrong but which are actually standard in English."), a short essay on "Errors Caused by Over-Reliance on Spelling Checkers", and a variety of resources that make these pages worth your while to wander through.

Guide to Grammar and Writing

Professor Charles Darling, and Capital Community College, provide a Guide to Grammar and Writing.