Welcome to a listing of useful writing links for questions about grammar, punctuation, documentation and usage.
Before writing a research paper, ask your instructor what style of documentation is required. For example, English majors may use the Modern Language Association (MLA); business, psychology, criminal justice and jurisprudence majors use the American Psychological Association (APA), Turabian, or Chicago Manual of Style; law students use the Blue Book. The manuals are available at the college bookstore, retail bookstores, Langsdale Library and public libraries. Most are also available in the Academic Resource Center.
Careful documentation of your sources is required by all universities, colleges and publications.
Spelling counts and sometimes spell checker doesn't recognize specialized terms for those research papers. If you don't have a good dictionary at your elbow try one of these links:
OWLs have many links to all parts of the writing process. Some offer email feedback, tutorials and even games. Check them out!
Graphic organizers allow for visual representations of your ideas. Some writers find it helpful to first express visually what they ultimately hope to express verbally. These tools can help you organize your thoughts so you can better organize your writing.
This archive was created to help students and professors understand the kinds of writing skills that are required in a variety of undergraduate assignments at the University of Baltimore.
PROFESSORS should feel free to borrow the ideas or language herein if they find these ideas useful to the process of creating or refining their own criteria.
STUDENTS may peruse this archive to learn what sorts of writing skills they will be expected to display and refine while enrolled in courses at the University.
We are grateful to those faculty members who have voluntarily contributed the grading criteria archived here as a service to the UB community. To contribute your own grading criteria, email our writing coordinator.
300- and 400-level courses