ComS 100B Critical Analysis of Messages  
Dr. Mark Stoner
Writing Resources

Free on-line assistance for research,  writing, outlining, and documenting sources.  Make use of these links!
Using the internet

Research Resources

CSUS On-Line Databases and Periodical Indexes with access to Eureka (the book catalogue)

Communication Studies LibGuides

Analytical Resources

Hill & Helmers, eds. Defining Visual Rhetorics

Public Journal of Semiotics (Click "current issues" and "past issues" buttons on left side of screen)

"Silva Rhetoricae"
This online rhetoric, provided by Dr. Gideon Burton of Brigham Young University, is a guide to the terms
of classical and renaissance rhetoric. This site is intended to help beginners, as well as experts, make sense of
rhetoric, both on the small scale (definitions and examples of specific terms) and on the large scale (the purposes
of rhetoric, the patterns into which it has fallen historically as it has been taught and practiced for 2000+ years).

"Stephen's Guide to Logical Fallacies"
Fallacies are described in short paragraphs; lots of examples provided.
I suggest you sign-in so you can make use of the resources available within the site such as the search engine.

Writing Resources

Video Writing Tutorial for people with common writing problems (and a sense of humor) [only 3' 45"]

Using paragraphs  Start by scrolling down to the section, "What is a paragraph?"

APA Style Guides:
A "style guide" gives you direction on how to properly and systematically give credit to those who provide ideas you are using in your work.
If you borrow an idea that is helpful to you in developing your own ideas and arguments, you must give credit to them and a style guide tells
you when, where and how to do so in your essays.  You will use the American Psychological Association (APA) style guide, 6th edition, for your work in this course.

If you need more assistance, try these:

APA Style Blog  This is a new resource that is very helpful.  Use the search bar to find topics.

Purdue University Owl link:

University of Wisconsin link:

APA Flash Video Tutorials (very good) [I recommend slides 13-26 in particular.]

APA Headings Cheatsheet

APA Summary

How to Revise

Understanding Editing Marks on Drafts

CSUS Campus Writing Center

CSUS Writing Handbook

On-line Help for Writing Academic Papers

This is a handy site. I recommend you use the Social Sciences tab--that's where you'll find communication 
studies resources.
A part of the webster.commnet site above, this portion is specifically devoted to technical concerns
of appropriate, and precise writing.  It provides help at the sentence, paragraph and essay levels of writing.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to "enter."  You will then find an alphabetical list of common writing
errors explained in brief notes.  Easy to use.
If you can't think of a word you want, but you can describe to what it relates, OneLook's reverse dictionary
 lets you describe a concept and get back a list of words and phrases related to that concept.

Finding Information on the Internet: A Tutorial