North Dakota State University English Department Web Site

Composition Link Page

CFP to Rheoric/Composition Conferences

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Teaching Composition:

-Teaching and Learning on the Web!

-Tracy's Lists of Ten: Links to ideas ranging from rethinking the classroom, unusual sources for research papers, and folklore to playing with literature, letter writing, and how to respond to student drafts.

-Various documents with permission by Dr. Mark Gellis to be used in the classroom. Most of his handouts deal with rhetoric.

- "Getting an A on an English Paper." Extremely helpful site for students. Takes them step-by-step in the writing process with examples and helpful hints.

-Paradigm Online Writing Assistant: Guides to help in specific areas of the writing process- discovering, organizing, revising, and documenting. Also has example essays.

Rhetoric Links:

-A Glossary of Rhetorical Figures (UKY) — A pair of glossaries, giving brief definitions of dozens of terms.

-Writing World #0151; A free, biweekly newsletter for writers, by the editor of the now defunct Inklings.

-Garbl's Writing Resources On Line — Extensive and annotated collection of links to writing resources on the Web.

-Rhetoric Resources at the Georgia Institute of Technology

-Links to Resources at the University of Iowa

-The Bedford Bibliography for Teachers of Writing- can request an exam copy

-Resource List at Colorado State

Teaching and Technology:

-Resources in Literacy and Technology

-An extremely informative article. Let’s us know as educators what technology can do for us/for students in the classroom.

-This links to the review of a book by Christina Haas entitled: Writing Technology: Studies on the Materiality of Literacy. This review allows for links to sources she talks about as well as pieces of information that can be found elaborated on in her book.

-Online Highbeam: A computers and writing class site. Deals with media, culture, and writing. Also has assignments, tasks, and student work!

-Writing: A Window on the World. An somewhat online class based out of the U of Nebraska at Lincoln.

General Resources:

-A Portal to Sites relevant to the field of rhetoric and composition

-Resources for Writers and Writing Instructors

-The whole jumble of areas that Professor Lynch touches on.

-The single best source for facts on the Net.

-Gender-Neutral Pronoun Frequently Asked Questions (GNP FAQ): Interesting and helpful. Geared more towards students of linguistics or social aspects of language.

-E-Prime — A Layman's Personal Perspective. Helpful for linguistics students.

Writing Errors:

-Will help students in general with the writing process- includes errors and examples of those errors. Good examples of writing are included. It is geared toward research-based papers more although can be used/changed into a guide for personal writing as well.

-Papers: Expectations, Guidelines, Advice, and Grading (Jeannine DeLombard and Dan White, Univ. of Toronto) — Eminently reasonable and extremely helpful advice for writers of college-level English papers.

-The Word Detective (Evan Morris) — A "column answering readers' questions about words and language."

-The Word Wizard

-Common Errors in English. Listed alphabetically- contains MANY errors!

-Common Errors in English (Paul Brians, Washington State Univ.)

-SUNY Geneseo Online Writing Guide (Paul Schacht and Celia Easton) — A useful collection of advice. Covers audience, organization, care and imagination, formal and informal writing, common errors, etc.


-Yale Web Style Guide

-Guide to Grammar and Style: a Large collection of links to various sites found by Assistant Professor Jack Lynch at Rutgers University.

-On-Line English Grammar (mostly for non-native speakers)

-HyperGrammar. Also links to the University of Ottawa’s writing center. Would be helpful for ESL students or students generally having difficulties with sentence structure. Extremely useful for teachers of high school English to look at- Possible handouts could be created.

-Guide to Grammar and Writing (Capital Community Technical College) — A good collection of advice, including information on diagramming sentences, easily confused words, rules for spelling, punctuation, and so on. Also helps with essay style and freewriting techniques. A useful site beyond grammar basics.

-Traditional Grammar: An Interactive Book (Donald E. Hardy) — A very basic but thorough grammar, with exercises. Again, a great site for high school teachers to take their students.

-Anti-Pedantry Page — Use of "Their" in Jane Austen and elsewhere.

-Garbl's Fat-Free-Writing Links (Gary B. Larson) — A wonderful set of links on ways to cut down on wordiness.

Writers' Groups:

-Writers Write: Internet Writing Journal

-The Writer’s Center


Writers' Groups con't:

-Computers, Writing, and Theory Resource <C>ite! A listserv for techne, grapho, and theoria at the University of Texas

-The Writing Place at Northwestern University

Other Writing Programs/Centers:

-List of Writing Programs in the U.S.

-The Rhetoric Page at Kettering University

-Online English 100 Syllabus: Albuquerque TVI Community College [good ideas]

-Lists of syllabi to preview through Blackboard at Mountain Empire Community College (Virginia?)

-The Writers’ Workshop at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

-The Writing Center at Rensselaer. Lists links to handouts on style, types of writing, resume, and examples of essays. Also includes courses and other online resources they use.

-Sweetland: Glayle Morris Sweetland Writing Center at U of Michigan.

-Purdue’s Owl Writing Center.

-U. Victoria English Dept.'s Writer's Guide — Includes advice on mechanics, logic, literary terms, documentation, and other writing topics.

-CWRL (Computer Writing, Rhetoric, and Literature at Texas)

Researching Links:

-Writing Up Research (Gerri Brightwell, Asian Institute of Technology)

-Collaborative Writing and Research in Higher Education

-Comp and Comp: An international Journal for Teachers of Writing

-Computers, Writing, and Theory Resource <C>ite! A listserv for techne, grapho, and theoria at the University of Texas


Citation Help:

-Columbia University Press’ Citation reference page.

-Karla's Guide to Citation Style Guides: Reaches from APA to MLA to Chicago Style.

-Citing Internet and Other Electronic Resources (Binghamton Univ.)

-Citing Electronic Resources (Internet Public Library)

Other Interesting Sites:

-For ESL/EFL teachers

-H-Net Announcements: Current and Archived CFPs

-An on-going inventory of publications in post-secondary composition, rhetoric, ESL, and technical writing (1993-99). 39,472 items!

-(by Mardy Grothe)— A deliciously eccentric site on the joys of chiasmus.

-Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students (Michael Alley, Virginia Tech; Leslie Crowley, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Christene Moore, Univ. of Texas at Austin) — Useful and practical advice for writers in technical fields.

-Technical Writing (Ronald B. Standler) — A well written collection of useful tips for technical writers.

-Education for Thinking Project [What should education accomplish?.. Knowing about knowing... The value of knowing...]

-Critical Thinking site: What is critical thinking? Why teach it?

-Curriculum etc. to a course entitled: Writing through Media.. taught by Greg Ulmer at the U of Florida


-The Journal of Electronic Publishing (through University of Michigan Press). Links to articles in current issues available to read as well as archives.

-RhetNet: A Dialogic Publishing (Ad)venture (Missouri) — "RhetNet is a concerted effort to see what publishing on the net might be in its 'natural' form. Without leaving our print heritage behind entirely, we want to adapt to the net rather than only adapting net publishing to print-based convention."


Copyright Links:

-Copyright Clearance Center Online

-The Copyright Website

-U.S. Copyright Office Home Page


Literature Sites:

-Syllabi and other Course Materials for Literature Courses

-Essays on the Craft of Dramatic Writing (Bill Johnson) — A collection of short original pieces on writing, especially screenplays. Focuseson plot, characters,

-A Handbook of Terms for Discussing Poetry (Harry Rusche, Emory) — Defines just a handful of terms, but in some depth, with useful examples.

-Children's Literature Web Guide


Linguistic Sites:

-The Alternative Dictionaries — A collaborative international dictionary of slang and non-standard usage. Covers English AND other languages!

-WordNet: A Lexical Database for English (Princeton) — "An on-line lexical reference system whose design is inspired by current psycholinguistic theories of human lexical memory. English nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are organized into synonym sets, each representing one underlying lexical concept…" Must download- but download is free and available on this site.