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Student Links

There are a vast number of informative web sites on the World Wide Web that offer assistance to writers at all stages of the writing process.

Online Journals and Texts

Edith Garland Dupre Library This site for the library of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette contains relevant links to research. The library subscribes to online databases, journals, and other resources that can be used for University of Louisiana students and faculty. The “Instructional Guides and Tutorials” page provides information on MLA and APA styles, as well as information on evaluating Web sources, distinguishing between scholarly and non-scholarly sources, and avoiding plagiarism.

Writing Assistance

Common Errors in English In understandable terms, this site explains the differences between words that are often confused for one another.

  • Self-Study ESL Quizzes: Numerous quizzes, exercises, and puzzles to help students studying English as a second language.
  • Merriam-Webster Online: One can easily check spelling or find synonyms with this online version of the popular Merriam-Webster's Dictionary and Thesaurus.
  • University of Minnesota's Online Grammar Handbook is, according to the site, “a highly useful directory of links that lead to literally millions of online materials about writing, grammar, argument, literature, reading and thinking, and many other writing-related subjects." It claims that it provides “more resources about college writing than almost any other writing resource on the web.”
  • Purdue University's Online Writing Lab provides help with writing projects of all kinds, including resumes, memos, technical reports, letters, and essays (in all disciplines). It also provides a wealth of resources on the mechanics of writing. Students will find the pages devoted to MLA and APA citation styles particularly helpful.
  • The Excelsior OWL is a free resources that has a wide array of resources for students and faculty alike. It contains 23 content areas covering writing and reading with a variety of engaging multimedia resources and tools for customizing content.
  • Grammar Bytes is a collection of Exercises, Handouts, Presentations, Videos, and Tip Sheets for students looking for a fun way to learn the rules of grammar and mechanics.
  • The Tips and Tools page of the  Writing Center of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill has a wealth of writing assistance and resources. 

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