Writing Resources


A great essay starts with a great research question. This graphic will quickly show you how to move from a research question to a working thesis statement.

» Research Question to Thesis


Have you ever received feedback on a writing assignment that you didn't understand? Is your most recent assignment covered in squiggly lines and arrows? Have you been too nervous to ask what passive voice means? Have you avoided using semi-colons outside of text messages because you aren't totally sure what they do? You've come to the right place!

Parts of Speech

Nouns and verbs and adjectives, oh my! This video provides an overview of the eight parts of speech in English. All sentences contain parts of speech so it's a good idea to get to know them and know how to use them effectively.

» https://vimeo.com/80759315

Passive Voice

Imagine what Apollo 13 would have been like if Tom Hanks had said "Houston, a problem is being had by us" or if Don Corleone had said "He is going to be made an offer by me that can't be refused by him" in The Godfather. It doesn't have the same effect, right? That's passive voice. Check out this blog and accompanying podcast to learn more about passive voice and its counterpart, active voice.

» http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/active-voice-versus-passive-voice