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Writing Resources

Luckily for us, writing resources are a mainstay of college websites. You can find answers to almost any question if you look online long enough. 

If your text is sloppy or incorrect, your credibility will suffer. You want your handouts or summaries to enhance your professional image so be sure you take the time to follow the rules of good business writing.  If you are uncertain about a word usage, punctuation or grammar, check the excellent websites devoted to the fundamentals of English. 

Library and reference books
A misplaced comma or misspelled word can cost you plenty in terms of professional image and business relationships.

You want your message to be clear, concise
correct and cohesive. Spellcheckers will not
catch words you misuse or typos that create another word.  Remember, the difference between Not and Now is a missed keystroke.

Some of my favorite writing resources are listed below:

Grammar guide from the University of Chicago at Urbanna.

Guide to grammar  from Capital Community College in Connecticut. This is a great site for answering specific grammar or usage questions.

Guide to confusing words  If you have problems remembering the difference between affect and effect or similar English words, this guide from the Writing Center at teh  University of Richmond will help.

Writing styles and tips for  adopting a professional tone can be found at the famous OWL site at Purdue University. This is a good place to find style guides for formatting business documents.

Hamilton College's Seven Deadly Sins of Writing is a useful reminder to all that if we get careless, our writing suffers whether we are doing a business presentation or writing the next New York Times bestseller.

The graphical dictionary by Visuwords displays synonyms and helps the discerning writer see the nuances of words in a visual thesarus. 

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