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Writing Resources on the Web

If you are in one of Christopher Dean's classes at UCSB, then you are at a "home" you have in cyberspace. On this page you can access online web resources that can help you as a writer, so don't hesitate to use these resources.

I have many colleagues to thank for helping me think about what could be helpful for online learning, and they are, in no particular order, Will Hochman, Richard Rice, Doug Bradley, everyone I worked with at UNH, SCSU, and currently at UCSB.

If you find links that you want on this page, then please email me at cdean@writing.ucsb.edu. *Note: All links will open up in a new window, so you will have more than one browser window open when you use this page.

The Links

Basic Writing Resources

  • "The Capital Community College Grammar Website": This site, based out of Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut, is one of the best sites for learning about grammar on the web. It has 170+ interactive quizzes to help you learn about grammar. Check it out at http://webster.commnet.edu/grammar/index.htm.
  • "The Purdue OWL Handouts": This is the richest site for information on everything from how to write a thesis statement to what to do about sentence fragments. Check out the index of handouts as needed at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/index.html.
  • "English as a Second Language by Ron Chong Li": Towards the bottom of the page reference here is a really nice set of links to help students work through ESL issues. You will also find lots of ESL help in the "Purdue OWL Handouts" and "The Capital Community College Grammar Website." Check out this link at http://www.rong-chang.com/.
  • "Webster's Online Dictionary": This has become my dictionary of choice. It's easy to use, free, and pretty good. If you have questions about what a word means, where it comes from, or even how to pronounce it, then this site should help you out. Check out this link at http://www.m-w.com/dictionary.htm.

Places to Get Writing Help

  • "The CLAS Website": I mention this site in your syllabus and it's worth mentioning here. You can use the services of CLAS (which provides tutoring for writing and other academic endeavors) at any time. Their website is located at http://www.clas.ucsb.edu/.
  • Your teacher, Christopher Dean: Feel free to email me at cdean@writing.ucsb.edu with questions about writing. I check email at least twice a day and it's the best way to get in touch with me.

Help with Using the Web

Since this class makes use of the web a great deal, I wanted to give you a few resources to help you think about how to use the web. Don't worry, I will always help you with required elements of our class (such as the Blog); however, these resources might help you too.

  • "Blogger Basics": We will be using "Blogger" to create a blog that will help you think about your readings and, effectively, start almost all of your essays. To get some background beyond what I show you in class go to http://help.blogger.com/bin/topic.py?topic=13 and see what the folks at Blogger have to say.
  • "A Neophyte's Guide to Effective Email": This is some very fine advice that I pulled from Professor Doug Bradley's webpage (http://www.1startists.com/courses/) here at UCSB about how to effectively email people. Check it out at http://www.webnovice.com/email.htm.
  • "Google Guide: Making Searching Even Easier": As we all know there's a lot of trash out there with the treasure that one can find on the Internet. This guide should help you look for information in a more focused way. Check it out at http://www.googleguide.com/.
  • "Hypertext 101": This online article might give you a sense of how I think about teaching using the web. It's for your edification, and heaven knows I would never assign my published work for students to read. If you want to see where I'm coming from as a writing teacher who uses the web, check out the article at http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2005/04/04/hochman.

Where Writing Fits in at UCSB

Below are links to two "places" and "spaces" that I teach and my students learn.

Again, welcome, and if you need to contact me, then email me at cdean@writing.ucsb.edu. I look forward to working with you this semester--both face-to-face and in cyberspace.


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