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The Big6 Research Model:  Students are encouraged to follow the Big6 Research Model when investigating a topic. The Big6 is a six-stage model to help anyone solve problems or make decisions by using information. By using the Big6 information literacy process, you will identify information research goals, seek, use, and assemble relevant, credible information, then reflect to determine if your final product was effective and your process efficient. The Big6 information literacy process is completely transferable to any grade level, subject area, or workplace. 

Purdue Owl:The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.

Strunk's Elements of Style: "Asserting that one must first know the rules to break them, this classic reference book is a must-have for any student and conscientious writer. Intended for use in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature, it gives in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated."

The Writing Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Writing Process - This site will help you plan your paper, focus on a topic, develop a thesis statement, control main ideas, and organize the final paper.

The Writing Process:  Study Guides and Strategies provides writers with helpful information on the types of writing, sequence, style, and word selection.

The Center for Writing Studies :  The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign presents a useful guide to help students with written composition, language, literacy, and rhetoric.

PaperRater:  Have Your Paper Rated by Experts (for free)!

Plagiarism Prevention:  Learn to avoid the serious offense of plagiarism.

Grammarly:  The instant grammar checker. 

Evaluating Websites:  Most Web content is posted without any form of review for accuracy or reliability, so it is up to you to make sure that the online information you find is credible. The information found on this site serves as a guide to evaluating information on the Web.