Online Academic Resources - Writing

Writing Resources for Faculty

Online Writing Labs (OWLs), with writing resources for both faculty and students

  1. Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue: One of the most comprehensive resources...provides downloadable files on ESL instruction, grammar, spelling, punctuation, general writing concerns, documenting sources, professional writing, writing across the curriculum, PowerPoint presentations, hypertext, and use of Internet search engines. (as cited in The St. Martin’s Sourcebook for Writing Tutors, eds. Christina Murphy and Steve Sherwood, 2008)

  2. The International Writing Centers Association: “a comprehensive guide to hundreds of writing centers online” (Murphy 2008).

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)

  1. The WAC Clearinghouse: provides numerous resources for faculty interested in writing to learn and writing in specific disciplines. Provides links to college and university WAC websites which, in turn, provide useful faculty resources for effectively using writing in discipline-specific courses.

  2. Soven, Margot. Write to Learn: A Guide to Writing Across the Curriculum. Cincinnati, OH: South-Western, 1996.

  3. McLeod, Susan, H. Eric Miraglia, Margot Soven, and Christopher Thaiss. WAC for the New Millenium: Strategies for Continuing Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Programs. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2001.

  4. Anson, Chris, ed. The WAC Casebook: Scenes for Faculty Reflection and Program Development. New York: Oxford UP, 2002. Appendix includes “Best Online Resources for Writing Across the Curriculum”

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) ( devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.

The National Writing Project ( a nationwide nonprofit education organization that promotes K-16 teacher training programs in the effective teaching of writing.

CompPile ( an inventory of publications in post-secondary composition, rhetoric, technical writing, ESL, and discourse studies.

The Bedford Bibliography for Teachers of Writing, Online Version: an annotated bibliography of research on writing and writing pedagogy. (

On Assignments Ten Tips for Designing Writing Assignments

On Responding to and Evaluating Writing

  1. Ten Tips for Evaluating Writing for evaluating.html

  2. RubiStar: an online rubric generator—a place to begin to develop useful rubrics for
    evaluating various academic projects, including Writing, Art, Science, Math, Oral
    Projects; provides categories of desired traits and language describing each.

Writing Handbooks

  1. A Writer’s Reference, by Diana Hacker, 6th edition, Bedford/St.Martin’s, with online resources for faculty and students.

  2. Rhetorical Grammar: Grammatical Choices, Rhetorical Effects by Martha Kolln, Longman, 2006

Using Journals in the Classroom

The Journal Book, ed. by Toby Fulwiler, Boynton/Cook, 1987.

See also by Fulwiler: The Journal Book: For Teachers in Technical and Professional Programs. Boynton/Cook, 1998 and The Journal Book: For Teachers of At-Risk College Writers. Boyton/Cook, 1999.

Uses for Journal Keeping: An Ethnography of Writing in a University Science Class. Revised and edited by Barbara Johnstone and Valerie Balester. Norwood, NJ: Ablex.

The Grammar Hotline Directory

The grammar hotline is a list of phone numbers or E-Mail addresses or Web sites which you can contact for answers to short questions about writing. Tidewater Community College founded one of the first grammar hotlines in the country and publishes an annual compilation of grammar hotlines in the United States and Canada. TCC is pleased to offer its directory to Web users everywhere.