Writing Style and Technique
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Audience and tone
Logic and developing arguments
Sentences, words and phrases
Coherence, clarity, conciseness
Writing on the computer
Other style and technique issues
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- Tone and Audience Awareness (Roane State CC)
- Audience (Brigham Young U)
- The Essay – Audience And Tone (U Victoria)
- Using Statistics (Purdue U)
- Using statistics in your research paper.
- Argumentation: Anticipating Objections, Making Concessions (Roane State CC)
- How to use two important writing strategies – anticipating objections and making concessions – when writing an argumentative research paper.
- Making Effective Arguments (U Richmond)
- “Persuasive, rational argumentation in writing.”
- Problem Posing in Academic Writing (Temple U)
- Nice series of questions to get you started again when you’re writing your paper and wonder if you’ll ever reach a conclusion.
- Logic in Argumentative Writing (Purdue U)
- Elements of logic and how to use them to make arguments in your paper.
Note that almost all the OWLs have extensive sections on sentences, words and phrases. This is just a small sample. Jump to the list of OWLs to visit them.
- Revising Common Sentence-Level Problems (Hamilton College) (PDF)
- Grammatical and writing style errors such as fragments, wordiness, passive voice, agreement.
- Antiquated Phrases (Roane State CC)
- Avoiding Cliches and Tired Phrases (U Richmond)
- Focusing Sentences Through Parallelism (U Richmond)
- Focusing Sentences Through Subordination (U Richmond)
- Sources: Past Tense? Present? (U Richmond)
- “When you write an essay, an exam answer, or even a short story, you will want to keep the verbs you use in the same tense. Remember, moving from tense to tense can be very confusing.”
- Note that almost all the OWLs have extensive sections on paragraphs. This is just a small sample. Jump to the list of OWLs to visit them.
- Writing Effective Paragraphs (U Richmond)
- Constructing Paragraphs (Purdue U)
- Basic Paragraph Format (Utah Valley State Coll.) (PDF)
- Cohesion (St. Cloud U)
- “Cohesion: Using Repetition and Reference Words to Emphasize Key Ideas in Your Writing.”
- Strategies for Reducing Wordiness (St. Cloud U)
- Adding Action & Clarity to Writing (U Richmond)
- Concise Writing: Using Lanham’s Paramedic Method (U Richmond)
- “Richard Lanham, a professor of English at UCLA, invented an easy-to-use method for making your writing clearer and more concise.”
- Adding Emphasis (Purdue U)
- Ways to add emphasis to ideas—visual devices, punctuation, arrangement of words and clauses, with examples.
- Coherence (Purdue U)
- Coherence is making connections between ideas and sentences. Devices to achieve coherence.
- Some Strategies for Improving Sentence Clarity (Purdue U)
- Conciseness (Purdue U)
- Removing Word Clutter (Roane State CC)
- A Brief Note About Clarity (Roane State CC)
- Transition Cues (St. Cloud U)
- “Transitions help readers connect the ideas in a piece of writing; they’re the glue that shows how pieces of your text fit together.”
- Using Transitions (U Richmond)
- Transitional Phrases (U Richmond)
- Transitional Devices (Purdue U)
- “Transitional devices are like bridges between parts of your paper…. [They] help you carry over a thought from one sentence to another, from one idea to another, or from one paragraph to another with words or phrases.”
- Avoiding Sexist Language (Roane State CC)
- Gender-free Writing (St. Cloud U)
- Avoiding gender bias in pronouns.
- Writing with Gender-Fair Language (RPI Writing Center)
- Non-Sexist Language (Purdue U)
- Using the Computer to Improve your Writing (U Toronto)
- Tips for composing a paper on the computer, to have the computer assist the process rather than impede it.
- Writing with Computers (Purdue U)
- How to use the computer to help you write.
- Definitional Techniques (RPI Writing Center)
- “In the course of developing a report, essay, memo, etc. writers are often called upon to define their terms. Some of the more common definitional techniques used in professional and academic writing are described.”
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