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Handouts & Activities

We have created this page to help you with your writing when you can't come into the center to see a tutor. Here you will find a guides, activities, and handouts that will help you with many aspects of the writing process. Click on any of the underlined titles to open up the according document. Please feel free to download and print any resources you find here that will assist you in improving your writing!

**If you are a student who needs further assistance with any of these handouts, please contact Nicole Blean (**

Non-Native English Speakers

Article Usage
Basic Sentence Patterns
Relative Clauses, Appositives, & Participles
How to Put Clauses Together (NEW: Pink Sheet)
Verb Tenses
Transition Words
What does my professor really want? (Newly Updated)

Brainstorming, Planning, &Organizing your Essay

The Five Paragraph Essay Outline
Thesis Generator
Research Essay Worksheet (outline)
Decoding Assignments
Writing a Personal Statement
NoodleTools Free Account


Annotated Bibliography
Peer Reviewed Articles: How to Read Them & Why You Should
Quotations, Paraphrasing, and Paragraph Development


The Introduction Paragraph
They Say/I Say: A Model for Developing Arguments and Thesis Statements
The MEAL Paragraph Plan
The Five Paragraph Essay
The Conclusion Paragraph


Reverse Outlining
Revision as a Reader
11 Tips to Improve Your Writing

Editing &Proofreading

Comma Splices and Run-ons
Commas for the Timid and Brave
Prepositional Phrases
Punctuation Patterns
Semi-colons, Colons, and Dashes

Style & Reference

Writing with Style: Parallelism
Logical Fallacies
Logos, Ethos, & Pathos
Harry Potter and the Participial Phrase
Harry Potter and the Absolute
“Paramedic Method": How to Make Sentences Clear and Concise

MLA Documentation

Integrating Sources and In-Text Citations
General Guidelines with Examples
General Formatting for Essays
Practice Template
MLA (Made Easy) 8th Edition
MLA (Works Cited Page) 8th Edition

APA*, ASA, & Chicago Documentation

* We are currently working on updating all APA handouts (New 7th Edition).

General Formatting Guidelines (APA; 6th edition)
Integrating Sources & In-text Citations (APA; 6th edition)
Reference List (APA; 6th edition)
Tricky APA Questions Answered! (APA; 6th edition)
Quick Tips for American Sociological Association (ASA)
What's New in the Chicago Manual 17th Edition? (Chicago)