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Writing: Home

Resources, links, styles and guides

Introduction to Writing

Learning to write well is an essential life skill. Many courses and programs require written assignments. Most courses in writing are offered in the English department. This guide lists library resources including books, E-books, databases,  journals, and websites that may help students develop their writing skills. Talk to a counselor about what classes you need to take to meet your goals. 

  • “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”  Stephen King
  • "This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It's that easy, and that hard.”  Neil Gaiman
  • ‚Äč“Google' is not a synonym for 'research'.”  Dan Brown, "The Lost Symbol."
  • “Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.” Larry L. King

  • "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing" Benjamin Franklin

Academic Integrity, Plagiarism, Copyright

Citation Styles

Always ask your instructor what citation style should be used for research projects. See below for links to helpful resources.


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Terri Bonow
College of the Redwoods Library
7351 Thompkins Hill Rd. Eureka, Ca. 95501

For Del Norte and Distance Education students

Online resources are set up to be accessible to all students from any location at any time. You may be prompted to login using your WebAdvisor ID and your eight digit birth date.  Physical format books from Eureka can be requested and delivered to Del Norte, and vice versa. 

Useful and Relevant Search Words

These are some of the search words that students may need for a research project. Other words may be useful in addition to those listed below. Consult your textbook, class notes, or assignment guidelines for topic ideas.


Use specific words. Use only one or two words. Try both plural and singular forms. Try varying combinations. Try words for specific issues relevant to the topic.Try both technical and common usage words. Try names of relevant places or persons.

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