Written Communication Resources

  • Books
  • Guides (Including grammar exercises, dictionaries, style guides, academic language guides, and basic writing skills guides)
  • Technology

 

Books

 

 

Caplan, N. (2012). Grammar Choices for Graduate and Professional Writers. University of Michigan Press.

 

Goodson, P. (2012). Becoming an academic writer : 50 exercises for paced, productive, and powerful writing. SAGE Publications.

 

Wallwork, A. (2011). English for writing research papers. New York, NY: Springer.  Available online @ ISU

Glasman-Deal, Hilary. (2010) Science Research Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English. Hackensack, NJ: Imperial College Press 2010 Available ONLINE Free @ISU
Hogue, Ann. (2003) The Essentials of English: a Writer's Handbook. Pearson Education ESL
Baker, Lida. (2003) Exercises to Accompany The Essentials of English: a Writer's Handbook. Pearson Education ESL

 

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Guides

 

 

 

Grammar & Mechanics:

EnglishPage.com - A website with pages designed to develop your understanding of grammatical rules and sharpen your grammar skills. 

Articles: Chapter, Exercises & Videos from University of Adelaide, English for Uni

Articles:  Choosing 'a,' 'an,' 'the,' or nothing:  A module with online activities for perfecting the use of articles.  (University of Minnesota Center for Writing)

Passive Voice: including get/have passives; Chapter, Exercises & Videos from University of Adelaide, English for Uni

ChompChomp.com- a comprehensive fun English grammar, mechanics and punctuation website (& accompany MOOC) with term definitions, quick tips, handouts, presentations, videos & fun interactive informative exercises on a range of topics (links below go directly to the exercises on the stated topic):

Commnet Guide to Grammar & Writing; a site with explanation and practice exercises on a variety of grammar & writing topics

Verb Tenses in Academic Writing

Prepositions

Conditionals (If...)

A visual overview of punctuation use from thevisualcommunicationguy

See Criterion for an automated grammar evaluation software available to ISU graduate students.

Dictionaries:

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary Online provides detailed definitions tailored to the needs of non-native speakers of English.

Merriam Webster Learner Dictionary

Cambridge American Academic Content Dictionary

Cambridge Business English Dictionary

Babylon Discipline Specific Dictionary Search Agent

 

Merriam Webster Mobile Aps - dictionaries & vocabulary learning

Cambridge Mobile Aps- dictionaries & more

Style/Formatting Guides:

Pudue Online Writing Lab contains formatting and style guides for MLA, APA, and Chicago 16th Ed.

See Citation and Searching Resources for more.

Academic Language:

Academic Language Questions:  A list of Tom John's comparisons between questionable phrases. (Mike Scott's lexically.net)

See Research Writing Tutor for a program designed to help develop your awareness of academic English. 

Using English for Academic Purposes: a Guide for Students in Higher Education by Andy Gillette

Writing Skills: 

Videos, Tutorials and Quick Tips on a variety of topics for developing writers.  (RMIT University)

Videos, Chapters and Exercises on Essay Writing from the University of Adelaide, English for Uni. Includes paraphrasing, writing intro/body/conclusion, referencing & academic integrity.

 

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Technology

 

Criterion:  Criterion is a product developed by the Educational Testing Service. It is a web-based writing evaluation tool that that provides automated feedback on five key writing categories - grammar, usage, mechanics, style and organization, and development. Contact the Academic Communication Program at gcacp@iastate.edu for access to Criterion.

A quick guide to Criterion for students.

 

 

Research Writing Tutor (RWT):  The Research Writing Tutor is a web-based tool that analyzes research writing and offers field specific feedback. It also houses a database of exemplary academic writing as a reference for research writers. Contact the Academic Communication Program atgcacp@iastate.edu for access to RWT.

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