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Free online handbook for help with college reading and writing through the month of October! by alcdanielle
October 4, 2010, 12:14 pm
Filed under: Freshmen, General, UNI students | Tags: , , ,

Have you ever had trouble starting a paper? Sometimes it is hard to figure out what you should write about. What about that thesis statement? Wouldn’t it be nice to know how to formulate an effective thesis statement? Well, all of this and even strategies for more effective reading can be found in the Bedford/St. Martin’s online writer’s handbook. For the month of October, you have free unlimited access to this handbook.

This site is very helpful from the beginning. Check out the opening screen:

It is very simple to get started. You can type in a word that is giving you trouble. Don’t know what your professor means by analyze? Simply type it in and hit search. Your search results will look like the following:

You can look up “analyze” as it refers to critical thinking, a subject of a paper, or annotating a text. A handbook can enhance your understanding of the assignment. If you don’t know what to look up for your paper, then try clicking on the “See a list of search tips” to get started.

You can also use the “suggested searches” link to get started. This is what will pop up:

This can help you figure out what areas you need help in. Look at all the ways this handbook can help you. Remember how you had trouble starting your paper? You can click the “Explore ideas for a paper” link.

There are so many helpful hints and tips that can be found in a writer’s handbook. You can avoid missing easy essay points by making sure you are using the right punctuation, style manual, etc. The online version makes searching easier. You don’t have to flip to the content or index page to find what you are looking for. Simply type it in the box and explore all the site has to offer.

Use the following link to access online help:


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