Writing Resources

What the editing marks on your papers mean

CSUS Student Writing Handbook (pdf)  (I recommend you download and save in an accessible place for easy reference.)

On-line Help for Writing Academic Papers 

APA Stylebook (American Psychological Association)  You will need to use this to cite sources in all your graded writing material; make sure
     you use it to avoid penalties for plagiarism.)
  For a flash overview of APA  tutorial go to: http://flash1r.apa.org/apastyle/basics/index.htm
    (I especially recommend slides 13-26.)
APA Crib Sheet, 6th ed. (PDF)

APA Headings Cheatsheet

APA Style Blog  (I heartily recommend this resource; use the search on the right of the page to get answers to your citation questions)
Other writing issues such as grammar, punctuation, common errors:

If you need APA format assistance (for another course), this site is helpful.

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.

This is an extensive set of handouts explaining everything from how to use a comma to how to write an essay.
The listing is thorough and easy to use.

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.


This is a handy site. I recommend you use the Social Sciences tab--that's where you'll find communication 
studies resources.

Finding Information on the Internet: A Tutorial