Online Resources & Tutorials



Here are some great online resources for writing. Some of these we made in the Writing & Media Lab, and others we've found from other universities.


Writing & Media Lab Resources

  • Getting Started on Writing Assignments
    • This brief tutorial provides some tips for getting started on writing assignments effectively and efficiently.

    • Get Microsoft SilverlightGetting Started on Writing Assignments
    • If the embedded video above does not work, you can watch directly on Vimeo: Getting Started on Writing Assignments.


  • Writing Effective Thesis Statements
    • This tutorial describes and explains the purpose of thesis statements in academic writing and provides some helpful tips for creating them effectively.

    • Get Microsoft SilverlightWriting Effective Thesis Statements
    • If the embedded video above does not work, you can watch directly on Vimeo: Writing Effective Thesis Statements.


  • The Toulmin Model of Argument
    • This tutorial briefly describes and illustrates the model of argumentation developed by British logician Stephen Toulmin. His model can be a great tool for analyzing and creating academically sound arguments.

    • Get Microsoft SilverlightThe Toulmin Model of Argument
    • If the embedded video above does not work, you can watch directly on Vimeo: The Toulmin Model of Argument.


  • The Rhetorical Triangle and Rhetorical Appeals
    • This tutorial defines the concept of the "Rhetorical Triangle" and three rhetorical appeals, then discusses how to put these concepts to use in analyzing or making an argument. 

    • Get Microsoft SilverlightThe Rhetorical Triangle and Rhetorical Appeals
    • If the embedded video above does not work, you can watch directly on Vimeo: The Rhetorical Trianvle and Rhetorical Appeals.

  • How to Write a Scientific Paper
    • This tutorial provides an introduction to the basic organization and methodology of writing in the sciences.

    • Get Microsoft SilverlightHow Write a Scientific Paper
    • If the embedded video above does not work, you can watch directly on Vimeo: How to Write a Scientific Paper.

  • MLA Citation
    • This tutorial provides an introduction to the basics of citing references in the style of the Modern Language Association, which is the most commonly used citation format in the humanities.

    • Get Microsoft SilverlightModern Language Association Citation

    • If the embedded video above does not work, you can watch directly on Vimeo: MLA Citation.


Resources from Other Universities


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