Online Resources

Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism     

  • Scholarly Research and Academic Integrity Tutorial                           
  • Understanding Plagiarism (Iowa State University) 
    The University of Scranton currently subscribes to, an on-line service designed to help detect plagiarism and a great tool to help students revise drafts to avoid plagiarism. More information can be found here -                                            
  • RefWorks
    Thanks to the Weinberg Memorial Library, students, faculty, and staff can register for a RefWorks account. RefWords is a powerful research tool that allows users to build databases of research records, import sources from numerous sources online, organize and manage information, share information, format bibliographies and manuscripts, and change formats. To register for an account or to take the RefWorks tour, click on the above link.

Understanding the Writing Process

  • University of Richmond Writer’s Web
    Writer's Web is a free, public-access handbook designed & maintained by University of Richmond students & faculty.
  • Links to Online Writing Centers
     A valuable resource providing online writing centers access to non-academic clientele, children & young adults, college students and faculty, and non-native English writers.

Purdue Online Writing Lab

Non-Purdue College Level Instructors and Students
This site offers extensive resources for non-Purdue college level instructors and students including resources on process, rhetoric and logic, different kinds of essay genres, style and language, citation. Bookmark this site.

Guidelines for Gender-Fair Use of Language

NCTE’s Guidelines for Gender-Fair Use of Language (National Council of Teachers of English)

Citing Sources

Understanding Grammar 

  • The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr.
    "No book in shorter space, with fewer words, will help any writer more than this persistent little volume."
    The Boston Globe
  • Online Grammar Handbook, University of Minnesota
    As stated in the “About This Site” section of the website, the Online Grammar Handbook “gives you access to college, university, textbook, and public web sites throughout the country that offer help with grammar, spelling, punctuation, and the process of writing and research.  . . . It also presents links to fully online writing books, sample papers by students, argumentative readings, and full-text literary classics.” 
  • Grammar Bytes! 
    Grammar Instruction with Attitude. Includes detailed terms, interactive exercises, handouts, PowerPoints, and more!

Understanding Grammar: Diagramming Sentences

General Reference Tools

English Language Learner (ELL) Resources

  • Activities for ESL Students
  • Dave’s ESL Café
    The most popular general guide for ESL students and teachers; includes links to grammar sites, as well as sections on topics of particular interest including idioms and phrasal verbs.
  • English Club
    ESL resources, concepts, and terms; interactive Quizzes.
  • Online English Grammar
    Explanations of grammatical terms and concepts. Includes a “test center.”

Purdue Online Writing Lab: ESL Resources from the Purdue OWL

Online Writing Centers

  • Links to Writing Centers Online
    This valuable resource provides links to online writing centers to non-academic clientele, children & young adults, college students and faculty, and non-native English writers.
Last Modified: March 17, 2016