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Punctuation

  • OWL at Purdue: Punctuation
    This resource covers the use of the comma, semicolon, colon, parenthesis, dash, quotation marks, and italics. It should help to clarify when and how to use these various marks of punctuation.
  • Grammar Slammer: Punctuation
    This section from Grammar Slammer provides direct links to punctuation rules and includes examples of the use of each of the following: period, question mark, exclamation mark, comma, semicolon, colon, quotation marks, italics, underline, dash, parenthesis, hyphen, apostrophes, ellipsis, bracket, and virgule.
  • Guide to Grammar and Writing
    The Guide to Grammar and Writing is sponsored by the Capital Community College Foundation. Once on the main page for this site, locate "Word and Sentence Level" and use the dropdown menu to select the desired punctuation mark for review (e.g., commas, semicolons, apostrophes).
  • Punctuation Points
    This resource from Empire State College includes instruction and drills on punctuation and mechanics.

Film Clips

  • Introduction to Punctuation: The End Marks
    This film explores the obvious and not-so-obvious ways to use end marks (periods, question marks, and exclamation marks) to improve your writing.
  • The Wily Comma
    This film looks at the correct handling of the much-abused and frequently misused comma.
  • The Semi-colon, Colon, and Dash
    This film defines the rules for using the semicolon, the colon, and the dash.
  • Surrounding Information: Punctuation That Comes in Pairs
    This film demystifies the art of working with quotation marks, parentheses, and brackets. Both the basics and the finer points are covered, including when to use double quotation marks and when to use singles, the difference between quoting and paraphrasing, and how quotation marks, parentheses, and brackets interact with other forms of punctuation.
  • Punctuation Potpourri
    This film rounds out the study of punctuation by investigating the many functions of hyphens, apostrophes, slashes, and ellipses.
  • Videos on Usage at Grammarbook.com
    This site contains over 60 one-minute instructional video clips on grammar and punctuation.