Category: Grammar & Style

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Intern’s Corner: Quote those Quotes

As a student, I know plagiarism is a big deal to both my instructors and educational institution.  One of the ways of avoiding plagiarism is knowing when and how to use quotation marks, along with proper citations and references of course.  This blog...

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Intern’s Corner: Catching Up with Run-On Sentences

Have you ever written a sentence that you thought rambled on too long? Well, you may benefit from learning about run-on sentences in the Excelsior Online Writing Lab. If offers an interactive tutorial on run-on sentences in the Grammar Refresher as well as...

How to Use the OWL as an OER Primary Text in Different Types of Writing Classes

by Elizabeth Johnston  When I first started teaching English 101 twenty years ago at West Virginia University, I used a reader and what probably amounted to an unofficial OER—a binder of resources created for all instructors by the Composition Director.  Both texts were...

OWL Success Stories: How the OWL Helps Health Sciences Keep Their Writing in Shape

In this series of articles, the Excelsior College Online Writing Lab (OWL) team interviews students and instructors about the OWL and finds out more about how this unique platform provides an invaluable resource to help improve writing, assignments, or presentations, and many more...

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?...