Writing & Grammar

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Paper Rater
Includes grammar and spelling check, free online proofreading, a writing support tool that proofreads your texts and highlights grammar errors, unintentional plagiarism, poor word choice, poor punctuation, and spelling errors. Basic support is free. Copy and paste your text into the reader and click "analyze."


Flash Quizzes for English Study
Designed for English as a Second Language (ESL) students but is an excellent grammar and vocabulary tutorial for anyone.

Grammar Handbook
Includes parts of speech, phrases, clauses, sentences and sentence elements and common usage problems.

Guide to Grammar and Writing
Index to over 400 parts of speech and principles of composition.

How to Format Your Research Paper

APA & MLA Format for Research Papers
From Purdue University Online Writing Lab, access both the updated sixth edition of the American Psychological Association format and the updated seventh addition of the Modern Language Association format.

Citation Machine
Automatically creates citations for print and electronic materials. Type your information into the online form and have a citation created instantly.

Free bibliography maker. EasyBib adheres to the sixth version of MLA and the fifth version of APA.

How to Cite Primary Resources
From the Library of Congress. Includes methods of citing websites, cartoons and illustrations, films, legal documents and government publications, maps, newspapers, photographs, sound recordings, and special presentations.

Essay Topics

50 Argument Essay Topics
From About.com. Essay topics sure to spark interest.

Social Issues
Created by the Multnomah County Library to meet the needs of middle and high school students researching current social issues from multiple perspectives, this site requires a login for several databases, but the majority of the resources listed are free.