Reading Writing Center

Writing/Study Resources

Writing/Study Resources

On this page is a collection of web resources which RWC students have used to improve their skills.

Composition and Grammar

The OWL (Online Writing Lab) of Purdue University has created an excellent resource for English students. Valuable information is available on topics such as the writing process, grammar and mechanics, and business/professional writing. Try out some of their writing process pages the next time you are having trouble drafting a thesis statement or suffering from writer's block 

illustration of a professor.Another worthwhile resource is the SUNY ESC Online Writing Center.  This award-winning web site was developed by professors at SUNY Empire State College in New York. They discuss vital college concepts such as academic writing and critical thinking.  In addition, they provide helpful advice on writing research papers.

For guidance on analysis and argumentation, explore the University of Richmond's Writing Center web site, called Writer's Web.  The argumentation data you will find there include material on avoiding logical fallacies and utilizing the Toulmin Schema.

The credibility of an argument or research paper rests heavily upon the value of the information used by its writer. If you find yourself unsure as to the quality of information you are thinking about using in one of your papers, consult the 5Ws Evaluation Worksheet prepared by the CRC Library to help you determine whether information from a particular source would actually help you write your most effective paper.

The Guide to Grammar and Writing is produced by Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut. Its developers offer assistance in areas ranging from grammar and vocabulary to essays and research papers. You will also find quality interactive grammar exercises along with self-correcting quizzes on this site.


Be sure to check the OWL website for help with both MLA and APA documentation.

researcherThe CRC librarians have created handouts for MLA, APA, and Chicago citation styles, which contain guidelines for creating a bibliography page and using parenthetical references for essays and research papers. You can pick up free copies of these handouts in the Library, the Computer Lab (LRC-204), or the RWC.


Study Tools

Study Guides and Strategies contains tips—in 30 languages!—on time management, preparing for and taking exams, reading efficiently, working in groups, and much, much more. . . .

Sites to Promote Academic Success is an impressive page assembled by Professor Linda Walsh from the University of Northern Iowa. This page is filled with tips on time management, note taking, test taking, memory improvement, and other valuable skills.

An excellent combination dictionary and thesaurus is also available online.

Library (Onesearch)

The Library is an online resource too! From the library website, you can search Onesearch, a powerful research tool. Use Onesearch to find books, eBooks, media, newspapers, magazines, academic journals, and much more!  You can locate and request materials from any of the Los Rios college libraries, search eBook collections, and access research databases. Need help? Ask one of your college librarians!

cartoon man carrying a stack of books.