Welcome to the Online Writing Lab!

If you want to improve your grammar, sentence structure, or punctuation, you've come to the right place.  After reading the important information listed below, click on "index" to find the topic that interests you. Read the instructional pages or presentations for that topic, and then do the practice exercises. All exercises have answer keys, so you can check your own work. If there is a topic you would like to see that is not listed here, please contact me and I will try to include it. 

Happy writing.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of D'Youville College's Online Writing Lab?
To offer instruction and practice (through self-correcting exercises) in those areas of writing that are most troublesome to you.
How is it useful?
By using the Online Writing Lab, you can receive instruction and practice in specific areas of writing without an instructor and without ever leaving your home. You can read any instructional presentations and complete any exercises you want online, and you can check your answers by clicking on the answer keys provided. AND you can do all this FOR FREE! You don't even need a printer. If you don't have a computer, you can use the computer lab or library in your college. If you're not in college, you can use a computer at your public library.
Who can use it?
It was developed by the Learning Center primarily for D'Youville College students who want to become better writers by learning and applying the rules of grammar and punctuation. However, in the spirit of St. Marguerite D'Youville, who always gave generously of her time and resources, the College has chosen to share its Online Writing Lab with anyone who finds it useful. It is set up so you (or your students) can read the instructional presentations on any area of writing and independently complete the exercises online. So, no matter who you are or what your writing problem is, you can find individual help right here.
How exactly can it help me?
Let's say you attend a high school or a college other than D'Youville, and your instructor has told you that you need help with fragments. Instead of hiring a private tutor, you can click on the index and then click on "fragments," and you can read the brief instructional presentations on fragments which include examples of what a fragment is. Then you can practice identifying fragments, distinguishing fragments from complete sentences, and changing fragments to complete sentences by clicking on Exercise 1 or 2. After completing each exercise, you can check your answers (correct answers are the buttons that light up in green). By the time you are finished, you will have learned what a fragment is and how to correct one, and then you can apply that knowledge to your own writing assignments.
What is the best way to use the Online Writing Lab?
First, find the area in which you need help. Then click on that area and just follow the directions. It's as simple as that.
Whom do I contact if I have questions?
If you have a question about any of the instructional presentations, exercises, or answers, e-mail Mary Applegate at applegat@dyc.edu. We cannot respond to every email inquiry, but we can read your email and make necessary adjustments to our Online Writing Lab to better suit YOUR needs.