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Writing Resources


  • Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
    The Purdue OWL is a comprehensive writing resource with in-depth information on grammar, mechanics, and punctuation, as well as resources to help you with the writing process and a brief introduction to visual rhetoric.
  • Online Resources for Writers at Amherst College
    Amherst College's Writing Center hosts a curated collection of links to online resources, including information on different types of writing, using sources and case studies, and editing and proofreading.
  • Strunk & White, The Elements of Style
    Originally published in 1919, The Elements of Style is a brief, classic reference on mechanics and composition in American English. It is available in its entirely online, free of charge.
  • U.S. Government Printing Office Style Manual
    The GPO Style Manual is the basis for OVC house style. If you have a style question and can't find the answer in the OVC Style Guide, you may find it in the GPO manual.

Data Visualization

  • Introduction to Data Visualization
    This research guide, produced by Duke University, collects resources on different types of data visualization and the tools used to create them. It also contains a helpful list of "dos and don'ts" for charts and graphs.
  • Graphing Resources
    This North Carolina State University website is home to several resources on how to decide whether to use a table or a graph, how to design effective tables, and how to determine the best type of graph for your data.

Writing for the Web and Other Media

  • Writing for the Web at
    This site provides information on improving your users' experience by tailoring your writing for the Web, including tips to make sure your audience absorbs as much information as possible.
  • Writing for Electronic Media
    This detailed guide to writing for improved usability on the Web includes advice on navigation, writing for different types of websites, and how to create "scannable" text.
  • Creating a Public Service Announcement
    The National Institute of Justice provides these guidelines on creating a public service announcement for print, radio, or television.