Writing Techniques

PDF File PowerPoint File Thesis Statements: Every paper needs a thesis. This presentation defines the differences between a thesis statement and a working thesis and gives several tips as to how to develop a strong thesis statement.

PDF File PowerPoint File Developing an Outline: Outlines help you organize your thoughts, formulate your thesis statement, set out your arguments, and set up how your essay will flow. Some professors will ask for one along with a first draft.

PDF File PowerPoint File Introductions and Conclusions: The introduction of a paper is one of the most important parts. In order to be successful, a paper needs to have a strong opening and closing. This presentation details how to write a solid introduction and conclusion for an MLA style paper.

PDF File PowerPoint File Transitions:  Switching ideas in the middle of an essay can seriously damage the flow of a paper. Adding transitional phrases or paragraphs helps your paper transition smoothly from one idea to the next .

PDF File PowerPoint File Using Academic Language: Academic Language is the language used in textbooks, tests, essays and publications. It is the language expected of students in essays to give their papers a professional tone.

PDF File PowerPoint File Integrating Quotes: Simply dropping in quotes in the middle of a paper weakens it. This presentation details how to introduce quotes in your essay and how to give them greater relevance.

PDF File PowerPoint File Revising a Draft: After your first draft is finished, it needs a good revision. A first draft should never be handed in for a final grade. This presentation guides you through the revision process to strengthen any paper.

PDF File PowerPoint File Proofreading: This presentation acts as a tool to help you learn to proofread your own work, including common spelling and grammatical errors.

PDF File PowerPoint File Editing: Editing is a key part of the revision process. This presentation demonstrates how to reduce extraneous information, including wordiness.

Documentation Styles

PDF File PowerPoint File MLA vs. APA: Provides a point by point discussion of the main differences between MLA and APA styled papers. This helps students who have never written in one or the other styles.

PDF File PowerPoint File APA Format: Introduces the basic format of an APA styled paper from beginning to end.

Research, Quoting, Citing, and Paraphrasing

PDF File PowerPoint File Research Techniques: Provides a guide to conducting research online and in the library as well as how to identify credible sources.

PDF File PowerPoint File Annotated Bibliography: Discusses the purposes of writing an annotated bibliography and shows how one can be drafted. Covers both APA and MLA annotations.

PDF File PowerPoint File Quoting, Citing and Paraphrasing: Details how to properly cite sources in order to avoid plagiarism and the differences between quoting and paraphrasing.

The Literary Analysis Essay

PDF File PowerPoint File Literary Analysis: Gives an in-depth look at how a literary analysis essay should be written. This presentation clearly defines the differences between summarizing a topic or work and analyzing it and finding a deeper meaning.

Grammar and Mechanics

PDF File PowerPoint File Run-ons and Fragments: Teaches basic sentence structure as well as how to avoid run-ons and fragments.

PDF File PowerPoint File Semicolon vs. Colon:  Identifies the differences between colons and semicolons and in which instances they should be used.

PDF File PowerPoint File Prepositions: Gives a basic definition of prepositions and some ‘rules’ governing their use. Provides a basic list of the most common prepositions and how to create a prepositional phrase.

PDF File PowerPoint File Passive Voice: Provides a detailed look at the passive voice, how to identify it, and in which instances passive voice can be an advantage.

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