If you are not a native speaker of English, the online reference sites listed below may be useful to you as you pursue your studies at Marquette. The links are grouped into the following four categories:
General Resources Grammar & Usage Issues
Quoting and Paraphrasing Vocabulary and Idioms
General Resources for ESL Writers
- For aspects of English usage that puzzle you, refer to a handbook such as The Brief Penguin Handbook, which is currently used in Marquette’s First-Year English program. For more information, click here.
- For a list of valuable books and Web resources, including quizzes and idiom lists, developed by the publisher of The Brief Penguin Handbook, click here.
- Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) has developed many materials especially for ESL students in the United States. To see a list of resources, handouts, and exercises, click here.
- Help for with many aspects of English grammar from basic to advanced is available from About.com.
Quoting and Paraphrasing in American Academic Papers
Good advice about avoiding plagiarism when you integrate material from sources into your papers is available in these handouts from the writing centers at the University of Wisconsin and Purdue University:
Tricky Grammar and Usage Issues in English
Having trouble with articles (the, a, an)? The Center for Communications Practices at Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute offers a detailed discussion about article usage, perhaps the most challenging matter for nonnative speakers of English. You may also want to browse through their extensive lists of handouts and links.
- More tips for working with count and non-count nouns are available at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.
Vocabulary Development, Including Idioms
- You might find exactly the advice you need about idioms and vocabulary on the Purdue OWL’s resource list.