Excelsior College Online Writing Lab Blog

Replacing Your Writing Textbook

Open Educational Resources can be a little daunting for teachers. It’s hard to know what’s out there, and once you figure that out, it’s hard to know how to use the resources. If you’re a teacher or a professor and you struggle to...

Pronoun Agreement and the Singular They

Pronouns, whether we want to admit it or not, seem to give us a lot of trouble. I find this to be especially true because, in English, we do not have a gender-neutral, singular, third-person personal pronoun. OK, so what does that mean?...

Rhetoric and Your Writing: An Introduction

Have you ever heard the phrase “empty rhetoric?” This phrase certainly carries negative connotation; however, rhetoric is anything but empty. But what exactly does rhetoric mean? And how can it help you? Rhetoric is actually all about effective communication, and it can help...

In-Text Citing in APA Format

If you are new to APA, or even if you are not so new, you may be wondering about how to create those in-text citations and parenthetical references in ways that adhere to APA guidelines. You may know the basics, but APA can...