There are many physical and digital resources available to help students with writing assignments. Included here is just a sample of helpful materials. You are encouraged to contact your instructor, the Writer’s Workshop, or the Holy Cross Libraries with additional questions on these topics.
How to Read Assignments
- Guidance on how to make sure you understand a writing assignment
Help! I Don’t Know How to Start!
The Holy Cross Center for Writing has compiled a list of tips for getting words on the page.
Working with Sources
- Holy Cross library guide on Citations
- Quick Guide for the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) (often used in history and social sciences)
- Quick Guide for Council of Scientific Editors (CSE) style citations (often used in natural sciences)
- Quick Guide for Modern Language Association (MLA) style citations (often used in English and other humanities)
- Quick answers on APA from the American Psychological Association (often used in education, psychology, and business)
- Quick tips for ASA from the American Sociological Association (often used in sociology)
- Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)'s research guide, including guidance on APA, MLA, Chicago, and AMA styles
- The introduce-cite-explain (ICE) method for incorporating quotes into writing
- Guidance on creating a strong thesis
Grammar, Voice, and Style
- Grammar Exercises: Purdue OWL explanations of a few key stylistic and grammatical issues, plus quizzes with answer keys.
- Grammar blogs: Grammarly and Oxford Dictionaries grammar blog.
- InQuizitive for Writers: An interactive online grammar platform. Students can register for a 21- day free trial.
- An article on the writer’s voice in nonfiction.
- Purdue OWL Style Guide Overview
Paragraphing & Organization
- The Holy Cross libraries offer instructions and samples for annotated bibliographies according to different style guides.
- Purdue OWL provides an overview and samples of annotated bibliographies.
- The UNC Writing Center provides guidelines for annotated bibliographies.
Open Access Texts on Writing
- Colorado State University Press publishes open-access texts on writing and reading.
- WAC Clearinghouse publishes numerous books about teaching writing, some of which are open-access.
- Writing Commons offers advice on the process of writing. Its writing guides and links for writers can assist you with particular writing skills.