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Writing Program Recommended Online Resources

The USC Topoi Widget: a sharable tool for learning how to apply Aristotle's topoi to your essay topic.  Take this widget and add it to your favorite online environment, including Blogger, Facebook, Pageflakes, and more.

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USC Support:

The Writing Center: university-wide writing consulation center.



USC Library Quicksearch: (for wireless and off-campus requires proxy login first.)

Voice of the Shuttle: Extensive database of academic resources (UCSB)
Academic Blog Portal: Wiki of blogs with academic goals (UIUC)


Style Guides

MLA Guide (Writing Center)
APA Guide (Writing Center)


General Reference

OWL, Online Writing Lab (Purdue)
Index of online Grammar Resources (Chicago)



The Topoi Page: A collection of widgets to help you use the topoi.



Thesis Tips: Heuristics for thesis-building (UIUC)
Thesis Builder: Tool for brainstorming thesis formulation.


Grammar and Style

Guide to Grammar and Style (Lynch, Rutgers)
Guide to Grammar and Writing, (CCCF)
22 Short Films about Grammar
Grammar Girl's Tips


Online Books and Text Companion Sites

The Elements of Style by Strunk and White
Rules for Writers by Hacker: includes exercises for heuristics, drafting, style, and mechanics.
The Forest of Rhetoric by Burton (BYU) Featuring Rhetorical Figures



RefWorks: USC subscription-based tool for online research
Zotero: Browser extension for online research
Diigo: Browser extension for annotating web pages and social bookmarking Browser extension for social bookmarking