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.
Furman’s Virtual Writing & Media Lab is online and open for appointments and “walk-ins” during our normal Spring term hours. Current Furman students can make an appointment on our website as you always have. Your confirmation email will include a Zoom link for a video conference consultation. The link is also in Student News in MyFurman (log-in required) or students can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request the link. If you don’t have an appointment, you can join the Zoom meeting to see if a Consultant is available. Consultations can also take place over the phone or through email if students aren’t able to connect to Zoom.
The Furman Library has many resources available. There is also a page with information specific to students, including how to make a virtual appointment with a librarian.
Check out some remote learning tips and advice from the Writing & Media Lab Student Consultants.
Have you seen Zoom’s annotation tools that you can use when screen-sharing? Some of these tools may be helpful if you use Zoom for remote writing conferences with professor of Writing & Media Lab Consultants. You can save a screenshot of the annotations to reference later.
The Purdue OWL (online writing lab) is often a go-to resource for students. The UNC Chapel Hill Writing Center also has a variety of handouts and video tutorials on different writing topics.
If you’re not sure how to write in response to an exam question, you might find these resources helpful. You can find advice from the UNC Chapel Hill Writing Center, the Purdue OWL, and Penn State.
This brief tutorial provides some tips for getting started on writing assignments effectively and efficiently.
This tutorial describes and explains the purpose of thesis statements in academic writing and provides some helpful tips for creating them effectively.
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.
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.
This tutorial provides an introduction to the basic organization and methodology of writing in the sciences.
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.
The Write Well video series from Macalaster college is a fantastic series of short, to-the-point videos about various writing topics, including writing a thesis statement, making effective word choices, and engaging your reader.