Handouts and Handbooks

A number of handouts and handbooks are available for use at any time in the WC's main location (Lower Level of Maag Library, Room 171). Handouts (listed below) include explanations and clarification for common writing problems with practice questions or examples that aid in further understanding. A full library within the facility also stocks handbooks, composition books, style manuals and other reference materials.

Students may stop into the WC to pick up handouts or to use reference materials, and older editions of handbooks or workbooks may be checked out. Instructors can also request digital copies of handouts for their classes by e-mailing the WC.



  • Adjectives: Arrangement and punctuation
  • Apostrophes
  • Basic sentence patterns
  • Commas (basic)
  • Commas (comprehensive)
  • Confused words
  • Coordinating conjunctions
  • Fragments
  • Logic errors
  • Passive vs. active voice
  • Prepositions
  • Pronouns and antecedents
  • Pronoun usage
  • Restrictive vs. nonrestrictive
  • Run-ons
  • Relative clauses
  • Sentence combining
  • Sentence openers
  • Sentence variety and style
  • Subject/verb agreement
  • Spelling
  • Subordinating conjunctions
  • Topic sentences
  • Transitions
  • Verbs and nouns


  • APA
  • Chicago
  • MLA
  • Style manual comparison guide
  • Writing styles

Writing process:

  • Annotated bibliographies
  • Audience
  • Book reports and reviews
  • Critical reading
  • Evaluating
  • Research papers guide
  • Introductions and conclusions
  • Outlines
  • Rephrasing
  • Proofreading
  • Quoting
  • Reading comprehension
  • Revision
  • Summarizing
  • Thesis statements
  • Topics

Computer help and studying skills:

  • Using a flash drive
  • MS Word formatting
  • Online Writing Center consultations
  • MS PowerPoint tutorial
  • Textbook highlighting
  • Timed writing test strategies
  • Web mapping