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Essential resources for the Messiah College writing program

Essential Resources for the Messiah College Writing Program

All good writing, whatever the circumstances, requires a solid foundation: an understanding of the principles that constitute clear, structured expression. By using these resources, you will gain insight into some of the fundamentals of writing: idea construction, thesis formulation, source evaluation, and peer review. You can use these tools to guide your practice inside and outside of the classroom. 

Essay wheel

Essay Wheel (pdf)

This infographic displays clearly the elements of the academic essay. When in doubt, check your essay or outline against this wheel to gauge how well you are building your essay.

The Writer’s Reference

This handbook is an excellent manual to guide you through every writing project in college and beyond.  Did you know the Writer’s Reference includes information on how to write a business report or professional memo? Of course it also provides instruction on academic reading and writing that is the foundation for those projects. From a formal research paper to your first resume, the Writer’s Reference can assist you with example projects, general guidelines, and writing mechanics. You access this through your Canvas Dashboard as its own separate course.  It is an ebook whose page numbers are the same as the paper copies in the library.  You will have access to it for the four years you are at Messiah College.

Writing Center

In addition to instructional materials, Messiah College also offers the services of the Writing Center. Staffed by peer tutors, you can bring any project in any stage of the process -- from a blank page to a finished draft -- and have a conversation about your goals and how to meet them. You can bring in projects that are for school or are extracurricular, such as applying for a scholarship or writing an entrance essay for grad school. You can schedule an appointment through MCSquare.

Harvard College Writing Center Materials

This is an excellent strategic website that helps to explain college level writing across the disciplines and in the disciplines.  There are many step by step instructions and descriptions that will serve you for a variety of assignments.