Outside Communications Resources

The websites below are useful online writing resources covering such topics as style, grammar, formatting, essay structure, citations and research methods.

Link to HKS Writing, Public Speaking and Digital Communications Handouts

Avoiding Jargon
Bibliographies
Brainstorming
Case Studies
Developing Your Argument
Dictionaries
Editing
Elevator Pitch
First Drafts
Freelance Resources
Media Training
Paraphrasing
Plagiarism
Publishing
Quotations
Style
Using Sources
Writing Concisely
Writing Process
Writing Reviews

Avoiding Jargon
Plainlanguage.gov is a great resourse to make your government communications easier to read

Bibliographies
Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help collect, organize, cite and share research sources.

Research and Citation Resources can be found at the Purdue Online Writing Lab

Brainstorming
A step-by-step process for brainstorming your topic:
http://writing2.richmond.edu/writing/wweb.html
(topic search "brainstorming")

Brainstorming & Getting Started
Brainstorming Techniques

Case Studies
Writing a Case

Developing Your Argument
Great tips for analyzing the arguments and ways of thinking in other written sources so that you can develop your own argument:
http://writing.utoronto.ca/advice/reading-and-researching/critical-reading

Dictionaries
Harvard University licenses two dictionaries (Harvard PIN login required):
Webster's Unabridged
Oxford English Dictionary

Substantial list of dictionary links in fields from Business/Government to Religion to Science
http://www.onelook.com/browse.shtml

Editing/Revising
Editing Yourself: How to Copy Edit Your Own Writing

Guidelines for editing your own work
http://writing2.richmond.edu/writing/wweb.html

Revising
(All from Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) )  

Elevator Pitch
Recording an Elevator Pitch - What? Why?

First Drafts
Academic Writing Tutorial

https://www.uvic.ca/til/onlinelearning/home/for_students/academic_writing_tutorial/index.php

Introduction to Prewriting
https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/the_writing_process/prewriting/index.html

Freelance Resources
Mediabistro's How to Pitch series

Crowdsourced database of "Who Pays What?"

Links to writer’s guidelines from Freelance Writing.com 

"David and the Goliaths" by Bill Mitchell, Poynter.org (article on self-syndication)

"The Flip Side of Writing for Free" by Bonnie Jean Feldkamp

Get a Freelance Life  book by by Margit Feury Ragland

Freelance Writers' Guide  from National Writers Union 

Thinking Like Your Editor book by Susan Rabiner

Media Training
Critical Questions to Ask Before Pitching Media, by Rachel Hanfling, Executive Presentation and Media Trainer
http://www.rachelhanfling.com/top-5-pre-pitch-questions/

Paraphrasing
How to paraphrase others without plagiarizing:
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/563/02/

Plagiarism
Finding Your Voice: Understanding Academic Integrity and Graduate Writing at Harvard
https://learn.library.harvard.edu/plagiarism

Excellent guidelines for avoiding plagiarism:
https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/using_research/avoiding_plagiarism/is_it_plagiarism.html

"Is it Original? An Editor's Guide to Identifying Plagiarism"
http://www.poynter.org/2014/is-it-original-an-editors-guide-to-identifying-plagiarism/269273/

Plagiarism Flowchart for Editors

Publishing
Publish your Article or Other Non-Fiction Work
http://guides.library.harvard.edu/hks/publishing

The Op-Ed Project (resources on submission information, etc

Quotations
Roget's thesaurus (searchable) and several links for locating quotes:
http://www.refdesk.com/factquot.html

Style
Strunk's Elements of Style is online and searchable:
http://www.bartleby.com/141/

Recognize potential problems in your writing style and learn to correct them:
http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/style/

A good resource on style, usage, and commonly misspelled words:
http://home.wavecable.com/~garblswritingcenter/stylemanual/index.htm

Using Sources
The Harvard Guide to Using Sources (http://usingsources.fas.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do) is a useful and up-to-date guide for students about how to effectively use sources from material in print or on the Internet in academic papers. It includes sections on "Why Use Sources," "Locating Sources," "Evaluating Sources," "Avoiding Plagiarism," "Integrating Sources," and "Citing Sources."

Writing Concisely
Concise Writing

http://libguides.usc.edu/writingguide/writingconcisely

Conciseness, from Purdue Online Writing Lab
https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/academic_writing/conciseness/index.html

Conciseness, from the Writing Center at UNC-Chapel Hill
http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/conciseness-handout/

Writing Process
Illustrates the writing process and provides related links:
http://writing2.richmond.edu/writing/wweb.html

Paradigm Online Writing Assistant. Steps and exercises for each phase of the writing process, from figuring out what to write to writing a thesis essay, an informal essay, an argumentative essay, or an exploratory essay:
http://www.powa.org/

Here are some other useful sites:

 Writing Reviews

Book Reviews
"How to Write a Compelling Book Review," by Edwin Battistella, Oxford University Press

Movie Reviews
Rober's "Little Rule Book," by Roger Ebert 


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