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OWL-Online Writing Library

The OWL is designed to offer online learning support for the Santa Barbara City College community. The goal of this site is to help students improve their writing skills by offering them a variety of online resources, to be utilized independently or in conjunction with Writing Center tutorials on campus.

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Getting Started Handouts

> Understanding the Assignment

> Pre-Writing Strategies

> Structure of a General Expository Essay

> Structure of a Personal Narrative Essay

> Writing a Compare and Contrast Essay

> Developing a Thesis Statement

> Preparing for In-Class Writing

> See also Assignment Analysis Workshop materials

Writing and Revising Handouts

> Independent and Dependent Clauses

> Using Transitions

> Glossing Paragraphs to Develop Your Thesis

> A Guide to Clear, Concise Writing

> Writing Your Conclusion

> Self-Editing Strategies

> Editing Symbols

> See also Self-Editing Workshop materials

Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation Handouts

> Independent Grammar Workshop

> Independent Grammar Workshop: Word Form

> Grammar Workshop: Sample Sentences

> Basic Article Usage

> Comma Usage

> Commonly Misused Words

> Using Prepositions

> A Short Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs

> Understanding English Idioms


> Using MLA Citation

> Using APA Citation

> Choose and Use Quotations

> See also MLA and APA Workshop materials

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)

> Writing Across the Curriculum Guidebook: A collaborative SBCC faculty effort coordinated by English instructor David Starkey.

Additional Resources

> Grammar for Writers - Interactive grammar lessons developed by SBCC professors Lou Spaventa & Sheila Wiley.

> Tips for Writing the College Admission Essay - A helpful handbook from the SBCC Transfer Center.

Workshop Materials

> Assignment Analysis: Power Point;
Assignment Analysis;
Pre-Writing Strategies

> Self-Editing:
Power Point;
Self-Editing Strategies; Editing Symbols

> MLA and APA Citation: Part I -
Power Point;
Research Writing Process; CARS Checklist;
Citation Information Form; MLA vs. APA Chart

> MLA and APA Citation: Part II -
Power Point, I
n-Text Citation Activity
, Rationale and Sample MLA & APA Ref. Page,
Changes to MLA & APA in 2009

Directed Learning Activities

> Pre-Writing DLA

> Pre-Tutoring DLA

> Grammar DLA

> Portfolio DLA

Writing Center Newsletters

> March 2009 newsletter

> November 2008 newsletter

> September 2008 newsletter

> July 2008 newsletter


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