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Writing & Grammar

CBU Writing Center offers free writing support to CBU students, faculty, staff and alumni. No matter your writing abilities, the Writing Center's specialists can help you develop the skills you need to become a successful writer.

Articles & Databases are your starting point, whatever your topic. We have many databases--some general, some specialized.

We recommend:

Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)

Academic OneFile (Gale)

RefWorks: Bibliographic citation manager. Build personal databases, organize research, and generate bibliographies. Available to all CBU students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Requires personal registration.
Look for the NAME of the journal or periodical to see if we have it online or in print.
Examples of titles:
  • college composition and communication
  • reading & writing
  • writers journal
(For more, search the Library Catalog)
Arrant Pedantry: Articles on editing, usage, prescriptivism and descriptivism, and other language issues.
Business Writing Blog: Ideas, resources, and tips on business writing.
Grammar Girl: "Quick and Dirty Tips for better writing."
Grammar News: Grammar and usage news from the New York Times.

Grammarphobia: Guide to grammar, usage, and more.
Write to Done: Articles on better writing.
Writer Unboxed: Blog for writers with tips on usage, editing, and habits.
Writing Forward Blog: Includes sections on better writing, grammar tips, writing exercises, and more.
The elements of style. New York: Macmillan (2009) 808 S77

Five minute writer: exercise and inspiration in creative writing in five minutes a say (2009), EBSCO eBook

AMA handbook of business writing: the ultimate guide to style, grammar, usage, punctuation, construction, and formatting (2010), EBSCO eBook

The Little, Brown handbook (2007), R808 F69 2007

Woe is I: the grammarphobe's guide to better English in plain English (2003), 428.2 O28

Writing for conferences: a handbook for graduate students and faculty (2011), EBSCO eBook
Guides (on Reserve)

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed. (2009), Circulation Desk

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. (2010), Circulation Desk

Kate L. Turabian. Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 7th ed. (2007), Circulation Desk


NOTE: A large collection of Writing & Grammar reference books is available in the Writing Center on the library's lower level.
Citation Styles
Citing Sources: Examples of commonly used resources in APA, MLA, and Turabian styles.
American Chemical Society (ACS) Style Guide: Quick guide to ACS Style from UC Berkeley.
APA Style: Official APA Style site includes writing style tips and updated instructions on citing electronic sources.
Chicago Manual of Style: Online guide to Chicago Manual of Style, 14th ed. rev,. from Ohio State University.
Research and Documentation Online: By Diana Hacker. Examples of references and properly formatted papers in major citation styles (MLA, APA, Chicago).
Resources for Documenting Sources: Lists style manuals for various disciplines and their accompanying websites (if available). Includes links to material on how to use these citation styles in more detail. From Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).
Grammar and Usage
Blue Book of Grammar & Punctuation: Provides common sense guidance to the grammatically confused and the punctuation impaired.
Common Errors in English: Errors in English usage compiled and indexed by Paul Brians at Washington State University.
Grammar Resources: Covers grammar topics, such as count and noncount nouns, articles (a versus an), subject-verb agreement, and prepositions. From Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).
Instructions for Authors
Instructions to Authors in the Health Sciences: By the Mulford Health Science Library of the University of Toledo; guide to author instructions for 6000+ journals in the health sciences.
Sage: Manuscript submission guidelines from Sage.
Springer: Resources for publishing with Springer.
Taylor and Francis: Alphabetic guide to T&F journals' author instructions.
Wiley-Blackwell Author Services: Guide for publishing with Wiley-Blackwell.
NOTE: These are just some major journal publishers; each title will have its own instructions. Search the "name of the journal" with "instructions for authors" or "author guidelines" to find more.
American Copy Editors Society: Professional organization website.
Business Writers Free Library: Advice about business writing.
Freelance Articles and tutorials on writing professionally.
Writer's Digest: Website of the magazine.