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Writing Basics: Grammar

Resources to assist with improving writing.


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

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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 hard tem to define but 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 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

Off-Campus Access

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