For Students

During my tenure at Western Michigan University I have found that some websites are more resourceful than others. Now, I encourage you to check out these websites that have helped me and countless others like me. Hopefully you will be able to use them to enhance your own education.

Websites This website will help you format your papers in what ever style paper you are writing whether its format is APA or MLA – Sometimes reading scholarly articles can be tough due to the author’s word choice and this is a site that can help with that. This site can also help you when reading tough or hard to understand literature in the same way. –Another dictionary site if needed. A site that can help you understand general plot points of certain literature. -Another site to help out with literature. – an information site if Google search isn’t working for you. (Be sure you find legit sources and your information is correct.).

General Rules for Writing.

Rules of writing

 1. Verbs HAS to agree with their subjects.

 2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.

 3. And don't start a sentence with a conjunction.

 4. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.

 5. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They're old hat)

 6. Also, always avoid annoying alliteration.

 7. Be more or less specific.

 8. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually) unnecessary.

 9. Also too, never, ever use repetitive redundancies.

10. No sentence fragments.

11. Contractions aren't necessary and shouldn't be used.

12. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.

13. Do not be redundant; do not use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.

14. One should NEVER generalize.

15. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.

16. Don't use no double negatives.

17. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.

18. One-word sentences? Eliminate.

19. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.

20. The passive voice is to be ignored.

21. Eliminate commas, that are, not necessary. Parenthetical words however should be enclosed in commas.

22. Never use a big word when a diminutive one would suffice.

23. Kill all exclamation points!!!

24. Use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.

25. Understatement is always the absolute best way to put forth earth shaking ideas.

26. Use the apostrophe in it's proper place and omit it when its not needed.

27. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."

28. If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times -- Resist hyperbole; not one writer in a million can use it correctly.

29. Puns are for children, not groan readers.

30. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.

31. Even IF a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.

32. Who needs rhetorical questions?

33. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.

34. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.