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Even the greatest writers and scholars need help every once in a while. We hope this page will assist you in getting started on writing an expository essay, researching unfamiliar subject areas, choosing a graduate school, and finding post-graduation employment. If you believe we are missing an important website or resource, please e-mail the webmaster at: engweb@sou.edu

 

SOU Campus

Academic Support Programs Stevenson Union 134
www.sou.edu/access
The ACCESS Center provides the resources and support for student learning in and out of the classroom. They offer academic advising and support, career and disability services, Math placement, personal counseling, tutoring for Mathematics and University Seminar classes, and veteran services.

Printing and Copy ServicesStevenson Union 119
www.sou.edu/Bus_serv/printing/index.html
For those times when you absolutely need 50 copies, Duplicating Services makes its facilities available to all SOU departments, faculty, and students — provided the work is University related. They offer two self-service copiers at $.08 per copy and one full-color copier at the base rate of $1.00 per 8.5 x 11 copy, more for larger sizes.

SOU Hannon Library
www.sou.edu/library
With the completion of the Library Enhancement Project, the Southern Oregon University Library regained status as a highly visible center of learning and information access for the University as a whole and the community at large. It is a place where students, faculty, and community members choose to come and learn in an inclusive, comfortable, and easy-to-use environment.

A first floor coffee shop entices users into the building, which offers a number of group study rooms, inviting seating, light-filled reading areas, many pine carrels, and three fireside lounges featuring new books and periodicals. The technologically sophisticated building carries library services forward for the next 20 to 30 years. The building offers both wired and wireless access to the campus network and the Web; seminar, study, and meeting rooms equipped for electronic information access; and laptops students can check out.

Oregon Writing Project at SOU Central Hall 257
www.sou.edu/owp
The Oregon Writing Project is dedicated to improving the writing abilities of students by strengthening the teaching and learning of writing, providing professional development programs for classroom teachers, and expanding the professional roles of teachers. SOU is one of five campus sites in Oregon, and serves the southwest area of the state. For more than twenty years, the National Writing Project has promoted and developed teacher-presenters, teacher-consultants, and teacher-leaders all across the United States.

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Internet

American Society of Journalists and Authors
www.asja.org
Founded in 1948, the American Society of Journalists and Authors is the nation's leading organization of independent nonfiction writers. ASJA acts as a primary voice in representing freelancers' rights to control and profit from their work in both the traditional paper and new digital realms.

Arts & Letters Daily
www.aldaily.com
The Arts & Letters Daily provides links to countless articles, as well as online news and magazine publications. If someone's words appear in text form, you will likely find them on this site. With new material added to the site six days a week, and the staff continually testing links for reliablity, there is little chance your search for background information on a subject will come up short. Their motto? Veritas odit moras; Truth hates delay.

Citation Machine
www.citationmachine.net/
Designed as an interactive Web tool to "assist teachers and students in producing reference citations," this web site makes creating a valid MLA or APA citation as easy as three clicks.

The Electric Eclectic
www.bloxword.ca/dictionaries.htm
When just one dictionary won't do, visit this web site. Built as a reference to thousands of dictionaries now serving people around the world online, you will find there isn't a subject without its own dictionary.

Internet Public Library
www.ipl.org/div/news
Built and maintained as the "first public library of and for the Internet community," this web site has quickly moved from an experiment to an amazing index of informative websites on a variety of subjects.

The Jassin Office
www.copylaw.com
Lloyd J. Jassin provides counseling on a variety of subjects ranging from book publishing to privacy matters, but it is this website's voluminous backlog of articles on copyright laws that proves most useful to writers entering the publishing world.

Patchword
www.patchword.com
Envisioned as an online writers' resource center, Patchword seeks member contributions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and essays pertaining to all aspects of writing. They also work in association with Tantamount Publishing to offer "full editorial and publishing services." Both the novice and experienced writer will find something to pique their interests at Patchword.

Pseudodictionary
http://www.pseudodictionary.com
This web site was started by a man who created "his own mini-slang language." Finding little help from other online dictionaries, he decided to make his own dedicated to made-up slang words. This site doesn't just offer a compelling listing of various venacular words and phrases; it allows readers to add their own. When was the last time Oxford let you add a word to its dictionary?

Reference.com
http://www.reference.com
Produced by Lexico Publishing Group, this web site offers help to those looking for a late night bit of information in a subject that perhaps they might not already understand. The site contains an almanac, encyclopedia, business, legal, and medical resources, and much more. Make use of this virtual library assistant when working on a troubling paper.

Seventh Sanctum
www.seventhsanctum.com
Whenever writer's block hits, visit this site loaded with tools for writers, gamers, and artists. They provide randomly assembled names, concepts, and more for when you need inspiration or just a bit of amusement. So, if you need a name for a character or a concept for a short story hit the site, and remember anything you generate is yours to keep.

Voice of the Shuttle
http://vos.ucsb.edu
Started late in 1994, VoS served as an introduction to the Internet for Humanists at the University of California. From its humble beginnings, the site grew to over 70 pages of links to Humanities and Humanities-related online resources. Today, they continue to provide a "structured and briefly annotated guide to online resources." A new focus on digital media has made the site more helpful to English and Writing students.

Writing-World
http://www.writing-world.com
Filled with articles on various forms of writing, this website is a great place to start on your path to getting published. Not only do they offer useful articles, but they also offer specific online courses ranging from how to write speculative fiction to breaking into the magazine market.

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Careers

SOU Career Services: Employer Links
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If you cannot imagine leaving Ashland, Oregon, after obtaining your English and Writing degree from SOU, start looking on this site for job leads. They list local, regional, and state employers who often hire SOU graduates.

SOU Career Services: Gradschool Links
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If you are considering graduate school, visit SOU Career Services' Grad School page. They provide links to scores of grad school databases and information on choosing the best fitting program.

Careers in Technical Writing: Advising English Majors
http://www.mla.org/ade/bulletin/N084/084030.htm
Filled with information about growing fields and potential career paths, this article is a good place to start if you have dreams of heading into a field a little more technical than a pen and printing press.

U.S. Department of Labor Statistics: Writers & Editors
http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos089.htm
The government spends millions of dollars every year keeping track of job trends, including the field of writing. Did you know "most jobs in this occupation require a college degree in communications, journalism, or English"?

The Write Jobs
www.writejobs.com
Part of Writers Write, Inc.'s network of resources for creative professionals, which includes Writenews.com and Writerswrite.com, this website is a specialty job board and career resource for journalism, media, publishing, and writing professionals.

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