Writing Resources

College writing comes in many forms. During their college years, students may be asked to write literary essays, ethnographic observations, scientific lab reports, personal statements, job application materials, reflective writing exercises, and essay exams, to name a few. Successful college writers recognize that they need to understand both their content and type of writing their assignment requires.

In addition to one-on-one instruction, the Writing Center has hundreds of books and reference guides onsite to help you with your writing. WSU students are free to visit the Writing Center to utilize these materials.

The following links are popular online resources for college writers:
Writing in College - A Short Guide to College Writing
Purdue OWL: Essay Writing
Purdue OWL: Developing an Outline
Purdue OWL: Creating a Thesis Statement
Purdue OWL: Paragraphs and Paragraphing
Purdue OWL Writing Exercises - OWL - Purdue University
MLA Formatting and Style Guide - OWL - Purdue University
APA Formatting and Style Guide - OWL - Purdue University

Writing Center Reference Shelf

The Writing Center in Minne 348 maintains a library of reference sources, including dictionaries, thesauri, and book of quotations. Online, you can access some standard reference works.

Reference Mainstays

Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
Encyclopedia.com Online Encyclopedia
Roget's Thesaurus

Additional Resources

The Old Farmer's Almanac
The Virtual Reference Desk
William Strunk's original Elements of Style (from Project Bartleby)
LoQtus Quotation Resource Page
Webster's Word of the Day