Online Writing Resources

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.

Resources for Writing in Online Courses

Furman's Virtual Writing & Media Lab

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 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.

Furman Library

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.

Advice for Online Learning

Check out some remote learning tips and advice from the Writing & Media Lab Student Consultants.

Zoom Annotation Tools

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.

Citation Styles
From Other Writing Centers

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.

Writing for Exams

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.

Writing & Media Lab Resources

Getting Started on Writing Assignments

This brief tutorial provides some tips for getting started on writing assignments effectively and efficiently.

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.

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.

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. 

How to Write a Scientific Paper

This tutorial provides an introduction to the basic organization and methodology of writing in the sciences.

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.

Resources from Other Universities

Macalaster College: Write Well Videos

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.