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Writing Basics: Grammar: Home

Resources to assist with improving writing.

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Welcome to the Bellevue University guide for Writing Basics: Grammar.  This guide provides resources to help students improve their grasp of grammar to improve their writing. Resources include books, eBooks, streaming videos, and web resources,  In addition, a special section for ESL students is provided. 

If you need assistance using or accessing these resources, please contact the Library Reference Staff

Writer's Reference Center

The Writer's Reference Center is one of the library databases.  It provides access to in-depth writing and research tools, including a grammar section, vocabulary building dictionaries, and 150+ essays covering writing topics. Look under Find on the library homepage, click on Databases, then click on the "W" shortcut under "Browse by Title." Click on the tabs above for more details. 

This section guides students through the process of producing a paper that will say what they want it to say while achieving the intended purpose. It includes these topics:

  • The Writing Process
  • Preparing to Write
  • Writing Your Document
  • Revising Your Document
  • Writing About: themes, character, form & genre, language, symbols & imagery, history & context, philosophy & ideas, and compare & contrast essays
  • A Good Essay Step by Step (with Examples)

This section discusses the nuts and bolts that hold the basic structure of a text together; in other words, the principles and conventions that underpin all communication in the English language. It is divided into three areas:

  • Grammar -  rules of grammar and parts of speech.
  • Words in Use - vocabulary, spelling rules, prefixes and suffixes, abbreviations, and more.
  • Punctuation - definition and use of  punctuation marks, use of capital letters, and more.

What is Style?

This is a difficult term to define, but it is easier to recognize. You could say it is the manner in which

something is done than lifts it above the ordinary. This section describes style as it relates to writing,

noting that:

  • There are many different kinds of style
  • Each person has their own writing style but may adapt other styles to suit his/her purpose.
  • There are certain qualities common to all good style.

Some of the topics discussed are:

  • Qualities of Style
  • Choosing Words
  • Constructing Sentences and Paragraphs
  • Using Figurative Language
  • Expressing Tone through Words

Libguides Video





BUILD IT is an online guide to the Bellevue University Library and all its resources and services. It  is made up of five self contained modules, each followed by an interactive quiz. Go through BUILD IT from beginning to end or start at the Site Map using just the pages you need. Click on the link above or on one of the modules below, or look for BUILD IT in the left menu of the library homepage under Tutorials.

Module One: Getting to Know the Bellevue University Library
An overview of library resources and services and introduction to the library homepage.

Module Two: Planning Your Project
The steps involved in planning your research paper: Includes focusing your topic, outlining, identifying keywords, Boolean searching, and more.

Module Three: Locating Information
Finding and evaluating information, including books, eBooks, articles, and websites. Includes sample and interactive database searches.

Module Four: Citing Your Sources
Covers the basics of plagiarism, citation, and copyright.

Module Five: Putting it all together
How to organize your research into a formal paper, includes note taking, revising, and formatting.

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Off-Campus Access

You will be prompted for your BRUIN Connect login when you attempt to access the online library databases from off-campus. Your password is the same one you use for Blackboard. If you experience issues logging in, try clearing your browsing history and/or change browsers  Make sure your password is current; it must be changed every 90 days. Click here to change your password