Online Resources & Tutorials

Here are some great online resources for writing, some that we made in the Writing & Media Lab, and others that we've found from other universities.

How Do I Get to the Writing & Media Lab (formerly the StudioLab)?

Here is a short video that will show you exactly how to find the WML!

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Getting Started on Writing Assignments

This brief tutorial provides some tips for getting started on writing assignments effectively and efficiently.

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Writing Effective Thesis Statements

This tutorial describes and explains the purpose of thesis statements in academic writing and provides some helpful tips for creating them effectively.

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The Toulmin Model of Argument

This tutorial briefly describes and illustrates the model of argumentation developed by British logician Stephen Toulmin. His model can be a great tool for analyzing and creating academically sound arguments.

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The Rhetorical Triangle and Rhetorical Appeals

This tutorial defines the concept of the "Rhetorical Triangle" and three rhetorical appeals, then discusses how to put these concepts to use in analyzing or making an argument.

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How to Write a Scientific Paper

This tutorial provides an introduction to the basic organization and methodology of writing in the sciences.

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MLA Citation

This tutorial provides an introduction to the basics of citing references in the style of the Modern Language Association, which is the most commonly used citation format in the humanities.

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