The purpose of this handout is to give you a set of simple guidelines for your three major papers. These are the absolute basics, and strong papers will do a superior job of negotiating these guidelines.


Things to avoid:




On the day that you are directed to bring this handout to class, you should also bring copies of the following handouts to class:

(Students should consider printing these in advance at a campus computer lab)

The Sentence Fragment

Shows you how to identify a sentence fragment.

Sentence Fragment Exercises

A few short exercises that will teach you how to fix sentence fragments.

Independent and Dependent Clauses (definitions)

This handout will help with sentence fragments and run-on sentences.

Run-ons - Comma Splices - Fused Sentences

These are also very common errors.

The Comma Splice

This goes quite well with the handout on independent and dependent clauses.