OWL Handouts: Summaries of General Topic Categories

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We also have an outline of these categories and all the documents in each category as well as a comprehensive list of document titles.

Parts of Speech

The first category deals with parts-of-speech, particularly nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, gerunds and infinitives, participles and appositives or prepositions.


This area offers guidelines and suggestions regarding sentences, comma usage (with exercises), apostrophes, appropriate use of quotation marks, hyphens and a grab-bag area of other punctuation matters.


This area explores common sentence structure errors, sentence punctuation, the ever-ominous dangling modifiers, sentence fragments and how to clean them up in your prose, and parallel sentence structure.

The Spelling Center

This area includes information on sound-alike words, I before E rules, noun plurals and more!

English as a Second Language

A special section of the OWL Web is dedicated to information of relevance to those people studying English as a Second Language, and it's also a good spot for native speakers to pop in and brush up on some basics.

General Writing Concerns

We also consider various, miscellaneous writing concerns including conciseness, paraphrasing, smooth transitions in prose, proofreading strategies, and coping with writer's block and writer anxiety!

Writing a Research Paper and Citing Sources

There's also a section just talking about the nuts-and-bolts of researching, which includes details of both MLA (Modern Language Association) and APA (American Psychological Association) citation formats and examples, as well as citing electronic sources.

Resume and Cover Letter Guidance Center!

Those of you who are already out in the work world, or are almost out of school, will also be very interested in checking our resources for job-hunting. Also, don't forget to check out the Business Writing Guidance Center. If you're preparing your resume to search for a job, think about using some on-line assistance and try our links to resources for job seekers.

Other OWL Resources

The Owl Web is a lot more than just a handout server, too! We offer pointers to writing material on the Internet, a list of other writing labs on the Internet, and a list of research sources on the network.

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Last Updated: 27Nov96 by JEB