Have you ever sat staring blankly at what is supposed to your English paper? Looks uncomfortably void of writing,does it? It’s due tomorrow and you haven’t got a clue what to write or how to write it or both? Writing is a struggle for many people. And composing an essay, research or term paper can be really intimidating.
Fear not! Your trusty internet ‘first aid’ kit for essay or term papers is here! I’m going to provide you with a list of resources for breathing life into that ailing paper and turning in if not a masterpiece, at least a decent piece of work. You’ll have links as well as a summary of what you’ll find on each site, so that you can select the sites that seem to best fit the assignment requirements.
And remember to check over any paper you prepare with a spell and grammar check. If you have an adult or older sibling handy, ask them to preview your paper and make any suggestions or corrections.
If you don’t have access to the internet at home, your local library will let you use their computers free. Also your school will have at least some sort of technology lab. Check for after school hours.
These sites are culled from pages of search sites and terms. I only offer free sites. You will get the best information from trusted educators and graduate students. There is a goldmine of resources and help available. There are no fees; you may be asked to create a user name for forums, but you will not be solicited.
I look for .org and especially .edu sites if possible. This indicates that a non-profit or educational system maintains the site.
http://www.refdesk.com/homework.html This site provides homework help for all ages from elementary to college level needs. Refdesk offers research helps, ‘ask the expert’, reference materials, writing guidelines, and a personalized page for you to add notes and materials. This is a .com site, but it appears to be very ‘non-profit’ in nature.
http://www.kcls.org/hh/writing.cfm This is a basic search page with loads of links for all sorts of writing, composition, essay and report writing needs. Check out links which seem right for your needs. This site is produced by a library system in New Zealand.
http://www2.actden.com/writ_den/tips/essay/index.htm This site offers free guidelines specifically for essays. You’ll write essays on many different topics in many different classes. The essay is one of the most common writing assignments. This site would be a good one to bookmark.
http://www.ipl.org/div/teen/aplus/ I like the clear layout of this site. It is maintained by the Internet Library System. There is a great deal of information of writing and also a link to ask a librarian. You’ll find links for all sorts of other library helps, activities and literature resources.
http://scs.indiana.edu/univ/univ_pdf/engw131.pdf This is a complete guide in PDF for you to print and use in writing compositions. You will need Adobe Acrobat to open this document, but once you open, you can save or print off and use for reference.
http://www.brick.net/~classact/nwriting.htm This awesome site is a clearinghouse with gobs of links for dictionary, cliche finder, thesaurus, grammar, slang, citing references and writing help and reference galore.
http://humanities.uchicago.edu/orgs/ARTFL/forms_unrest/ROGET.html This site offers a free thesaurus search function. That is an excellent tool for making your paper as unique and well written as possible.
http://www.factmonster.com/homework/hwenglish.html This is probably geared for 6th to 8th grade. It is a bit cutsey, but contains good information.
http://www.brainmass.com/ This is an online community in which you can post a question or comment and get feedback from other students. You can also submit an essay for a professional to read, remark on and give advice. That’s a really useful feature.
http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~brians/errors/errors.html I like this site because you can reference all sorts of ‘easy to miss’ syntax and grammar errors and get help to repair them.
May this webpage be your guide to hassle free compositions, essays and writing projects. Who knows, you might enjoy writing enough to do it for a career?