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The Essentials of Writing

Hamilton College Style Sheet

All writing begins with ideas.  But how do you translate your nebulous thoughts into concise, coherent prose?  The Hamilton College Style Sheet is designed to aid us, the students, in our constant quest for knowledge and course credit.  Whether your question is about subject-verb agreement, footnoting, or what font size, the Style Sheet will tell you what Hamilton professors expect from their students, and what we as writers should expect from ourselves.
 

The Writing Process >>

A brief but thorough guide to getting started, getting through it, and getting finished.
 

Audience >>

For whom are you writing?  Why does it matter? Why are we here? The answers to these and other existential enigmae.
 

Organizing Your Paper >>

Standards for different kinds of writing assignments.
 

Essentials of English Usage >>

Grammar, unmasked. Click here to decipher professors' comments (e.g., "ps," "cg," and "m"), clean up your writing, or actively eliminate passive voice.
 

Avoiding Plagiarism >>

Learn what it is and how to stay away from it.