Local and Online


On the Mānoa Campus

We encourage students in writing-intensive (W) classes to first talk with the instructor of the writing-intensive course. Class size is limited to 20 students to allow such discussions.

All students may seek help on campus:

  • Writing Center (formerly the Writing Workshop)–offers 30-minute and one-hour consultations. For more information and to set up an appointment, go to www.english.hawaii.edu/writingcenter (open spring and fall semesters only).
  • Learning Assistance Center (LAC)–helps students with writing and other academic needs. For more information or to make an appointment, call 956-6114, email learning@hawaii.edu, or visit www.manoa.hawaii.edu/learning.
  • KŌKUA Program–helps students with any disability-related academic needs. Call 956-7511, email kokua@hawaii.edu, or stop by their office in the Queen Lili'uokalani Center for Student Services, Room 013. Information is also available online at www.hawaii.edu/kokua.

On-line Handouts & Resources


Capital Community College's Guide to Grammar and Writing. Definitions, descriptions, interactive quizzes. 

Grammar and Style: An Editing Checklist. (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Brief explanations and examples of 12 things students should keep in mind when proofreading their writing.

Attending to Grammar. (Dartmouth) A guide to proofreading that includes explanations of 20 frequently made errors.


Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It (Indiana University)

Academic Integrity at Princeton (Princeton University) A booklet containing "guidance on plagiarism, false citation, and unauthorized multiple submission"

Citation and Plagiarism - How to prevent plagiarism.

General Information

University of Illinois Writer's Workshop. Information for students and teachers:

  • writing guides & help (grammar, bibliography styles, writing process handbooks)
  • resources for teachers
  • resources for ESL students
  • resources for teachers who have second-language speakers in their classroom

Purdue On-Line Writing Lab. From this page you can access:

  • Over 130 handouts on writing and grammar.
  • Resources for teachers in all disciplines.

Dartmouth College's Composition Center-Student Resources. A good introduction on how to write an academic paper and how to write in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Guide to Grammar & Style by Jack Lynch. Great resource explaining language usage and common problems.

Common Errors in English by Paul Brians. Explains how to use words that are often misused and has information on usage and common problems (scroll down for link to the list of errors).

Strunk's Elements of Style. An on-line writer's handbook.

The Writer's Resource Center is a list of links for all writers. Whether a beginning writer or an experienced writer interested in getting published, you will find a helpful link at this site.

Resources to Support Student Writers in English as a Second Language

Students who are enrolled in a W course and whose first language is a language other than English may find that they need extra support in grammar, usage, syntax, or mechanics. Of course, the main objective in a W course is for students to develop abilities in using the language of that discipline. If as an instructor you encounter writing from a student who is writing in English as a second (or third, or fourth) language and that has significant problems in grammar, syntax, usage, or punctuation, you may direct that student to the sites listed below. If possible, meet with the student and review some of these sites together, so that you can point out what can be most helpful and how. You may also want to ask that student (and any first language English writers with significant problems in these areas) to compile a self-editing checklist as the semester progresses, consisting of errors you have pointed out and to be used by the student when proofreading his or her own writing. Many of the sites below include handouts and quizzes that can provide valuable practice on isolated skills outside of the formal writing projects you are requiring. These resources can be used in tandem with the self-editing checklists so that students master the problems you indicate. (On the Resources main page appears an identical list.)

The Purdue Online Writing Lab ESL Students Page includes a battery of information, not only about writing in North American colleges but also about writing in other English-speaking contexts. See also their Purdue OWL Engagement page for exercises that can help you strengthen your written composition.

Dave's ESL Cafe has everything from a graffiti wall to an ESL student-help center to links for ESL teachers.

The Doyle Online Writing Lab pages devoted to ESL writers at Reed College offers links to general interest sites (including the Purdue OWL), grammar and style pages, and activities and study guides.

The Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers a suite of support pages, including links to an idiom dictionary and to documentation instructions and sample papers for MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE styles.

The Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides several pages to help build vocabulary, develop listening and speaking skills, hone grammar, and develop as a writer more generally.

Citing Sources (paper and electronic)

American Psychological Association. The Internet service of the American Psychological Association. Contains a link to one million APA abstracts, APA style guide, information on psychology for the general public, APA conferences, and FAQs.

Modern Language Association. "The Modern Language Association of America is a not-for-profit membership organization that promotes the study and teaching of language and literature."

Hawaiian Language Reference

The Hawaiian Language Center has an online Hawaiian dictionary. Visit this site for information about Hawaiian words.