See also: Dissertation Resources - the editing tab has tips for self editing.
APA 7th edition Style references
APA 7th edition is the official citation style for the Reiss Davis Graduate School. You will be required to purchase a copy of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition, but the resources listed here will give you concise overviews of the style, plus help with automatically generating citations in the correct style. Please note that your APA 7th print edition and the style guides should be consulted if in doubt, as not all citation generators are completely APA 7th compliant.
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These websites don’t go into as much depth as books, but they cover the basics of grammar, punctuation, style, usage, and/or mechanics.
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University: The “Grammar and Mechanics” section contains links to handouts on grammar (e.g., “how to use adjectives and adverbs”), punctuation (e.g., “conquering the comma,” style (e.g., “sentence clarity”), and mechanics (e.g., numbers, spelling).
Guide to Grammar and Writing, Capital Community College—The “Word and Sentence Level” and “Paragraph Level” drop-down menus contain links to thorough descriptions of grammar, punctuation, style, and usage topics. The Frequently Asked Questions and GRAMMARLOGS sections may also be useful if you have a particular question in mind (e.g., whether “girls basketball” or “girls’ basketball” is preferred). For an alphabetical index of topics, click here. It appears to have last been updated in 2005.
Grammar Handbook, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—Clear and well-organized discussions of parts of speech and the structure of phrases, clauses, and sentences. Also contains what it calls “common usage problems” (though you typically will not find these topics listed under “usage”): information on homophones, parallelism, misplaced and dangling modifiers, sentence fragments, and run-on sentences.
HyperGrammar, University of Ottawa—Hyperlinked descriptions of parts of speech; parts of a sentence; punctuation; using pronouns, verbs, and modifiers; building phrases, clauses, and sentences; writing paragraphs; diction; spelling; and miscellaneous (thesis, word formation, apposition, noun and pronoun characteristics).
Ask Betty, University of Washington—Information on how to decode instructor comments like “awk”; questions and answers from students (e.g., “When do I use whom?”); and a section on grammar, style, and punctuation topics (e.g., active and passive voice, cohesion).
22 Short Films about Grammar--These one-minute videos, created by Mark C. Marino, cover common errors in grammar, punctuation, and style in a hilarious way. Check out, for example, "the Sopronouns" and "Pirates of the Parallel Structure."
Other Grammar Resources and Apps
Grammarly: Free grammar and punctuation help with browser extension; features include advanced spell checker, plagiarism assistance, and explanation of rules. Premium version available for a fee.
Sentence Sense: Interactive activities including writing practice, self-evaluations, and guided explorations of various grammar topics.
Grammar Bytes! Interactive exercises on topics such as run-on sentences, sentence fragments, irregular verbs, commas, pronoun agreement, pronoun reference, subject-verb agreement, and word choice. Also contains tip sheets and definitions of grammatical terms.
Common Errors in English Usage. Web site created by Washington State University Professor Paul Brians focusing on usage (as opposed to grammar more generally). Useful for determining whether a word or phrase is acceptable in Standard English (e.g., “whipped cream” versus “whip cream”) or distinguishing between two very similar words (e.g., “uninterested” versus “disinterested”).
Tools to help focus on Writing
Citation managers with Word integration
Online Citation Generators
CiteFast - a completely free citation generator and manager. Create an account to store bibliographies indefinitely. This resource is currently promoted in the Dissertation Development class.
Citethisforme - free bibliography generator, free account to save bibliographies. Also has a guide to APA .
Citation Machine - generated automatic bibliographies, also contains basic guidance to apa style
Ottobib - full book citations by entering the isbn, make sure to select APA style (defaults to MLA)
Many of the resources are from gwc.gsrc.ucla.edu/Resources .