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Other Resources Websites

Literacy Education Online
LEO provides online handouts about a variety of writing topics.

Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
MERLOT is a leading-edge, user-centered, searchable collect of peer-reviewed and selected higher education, online learning materials, catalogued by registered members and a set of faculty development support services.  MERLOT's vision is to be a permiere online community where faculty, staff, and students from around the world share their learning materials and pedagogy.

Purdue Online Writing Lab
The Purdue University Writing Lab and Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) assist clients in their development as writers -- no matter what their skill level -- with on-campus consultations, online participation, and community engagement.  The Purdue Writing Lab serves the Purdue-West Lafayette campus and coordinates with local literacy initiatives, while the Purdue OWL offers global support through online reference materials and services.

The Twenty Common Writing Errors
The Twenty Common Errors from Lunsford's St. Martin's Handbook.

The Writer's Handbook
Common types of writing assignments.