Writing and Research Tools


Writing Tools

  • Purdue University OWL (online writing lab)

    This is one of the most comprehensive sites on writing available on the web.

  • Graphic Organizers: This site offers graphic organizer templates for your pre-writing activities.
  • Sentence Patterns: This OWL site explains eight basic sentence patterns.
  • Tutor.com:  Submit your essay to this site for feedback.  You must have your library card number to use this site.  If you do not know or do not have a library card, contact the West Liberty Public Library.
  • Wordle.net:  Create a wordle to identify patterns in your writing.  Or, enter in a research article to identify main ideas.
  • Thesis Development:  This OWL Purdue site will assist you in developing the foundation of your esssay, the thesis statement.
  • What is a Thesis?:  This site provides a quick, easy-to-follow guide on writing a thesis statement.

Research Tools

Citation Generators

The Big Six Information Problem Solving Model

Social Bookmarking

  • Diigo:  This tool allows you to save, organize, and mark-up the web resources you find while conducting research.
  • Here is a great YouTube video that explains how Diigo can be used:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RvAkTuL02A
  • See the librarian for a Diigo tutorial as this is a fantastic new tool!

Online Notetaking

  • Evernote:  This free online note-taking tool allows you to save, organize, and edit the notes you take.
  • Google Docs:  This site features collaboration among multiple users, a publishing feature, and integration with Google Bookmarks.

Presentation Tools

  • Voicethread:  Upload images or your powerpoint presentation and then narrate your presentation slides!  See Ms. Reishus for a tutorial if you have any questions.
  • Creative Commons:  writers, musicians, educators share their work for you to use in your presentations.  A great place for images!
  • Slideshare:  provides a way to share already created Powerpoint presentations online, tag them, email them, get comments on them, and get html code for embedding them to your own blog, wiki or website. You can add audio, notes, and even YouTube videos to your Powerpoint presentations in SlideShare.
  • Glogster:  Create an interactive online poster with links, photos, text, stickers, sound, music, animation and more