Performing in WI Courses


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 Workshop–the English department offers half-hour consultations. Call 956-7619 to set up an appointment (spring and fall semesters only).
  • Learning Assistance Center (LAC)–offers workshops on a variety of topics, including how to write research papers. Call 956-7927 for dates and times.
  • KŌKUA Program–helps students with any disability-related academic needs. Call 956-7511 or stop by their office in Student Services Center Room 013.

On-line Handouts & Resources


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.


What is plagiarism and why do people do it? (Cal State LA, University Writing Center)

How to avoid plagiarism (Drew University) Examples and corrections.

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

Plagiarism (Princeton Writing Center) Definition and links to related information.

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 students writing in a 2nd language

University of Texas at Austin. Handouts that cover a variety of topics (e.g., how to use apostrophes, how to read literature)

Rensselaer Center for Communication Practices.

  • handouts on everything from how to write an abstract or lab report to how to use gender-fair language
  • online dictionary, thesaurus, and other reference tools
  • links to other writing centers.

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.

Grammar & Style Notes 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.

On-line English Grammar from A to Z by Anthony Hughes, Edunet International.

Resources for students writing in a 2nd language

If you are enrolled in a W course and your first language is a language other than English, you may find that you need extra support in grammar, usage, syntax, or mechanics. Of course, your main objective in your W course is to develop your abilities in using the language of that discipline, and your instructor can help you do that. To excel at his or her assignments, you want to develop your abilities in Standard American English editing, too. The sites below are offered to support you in this goal.

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.