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Environmental Geology (GEOL 1405) Benford: Writing Resources

Fall 2020 | GEOL 1405| (Professor Benford)

Writing a Letter

A persuasive letter is a formal document whose function is to enlist the recipient as an ally to the cause.


  • Know your purpose and be concise.
  • Several drafts may be necessary.
  • Support your claims with evidence (statistics & data).
  • Cite the source of the evidence.
  • The Writing Consultants at LSC - UP can help!

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Writing Lab

Request an Upswing account for online writing help with the UP writing coaches! (Currently-enrolled UP students only.)

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Writing consultants do not proofread your paper, rather they help you refine structural issues in your paper. They identify weaknesses within your writing and strengthen those areas to help you produce a better product. To maximize this process:

  • Have a copy of your assignment, along with any other necessary course materials and textbooks.
  • Ask specific questions.
  • Allow enough time to complete your assignment before the deadline.


It is wrong, It is embarrassing. It means trouble. Find strategies to avoid it: 

Proofreading Tool

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Grammarly is an online grammar and spell checker that improves communication by helping users find and correct writing mistakes. Grammarly contains a plagiarism checker. It’s easy to use and free to LSC-University Park students!

"Most of my work consisted of crossing out. Crossing out was the secret of all good writing."Mark Haddon, author
“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it."  - Octavia Butler, author