Style Manuals, and Writers' Guides: Some
of these sites are interactive, with Q and A feedback; some are electronically
stored manuals. |
to Grammar and Writing
late Charles Darling's many-award-winning site! Easy to use, attractive, and with
a very personable character! Check out "Ask Grammar," the interactive
Q and A feature, or take one of its many self-instructional quizzes. Has numerous
links to other sources. One of the best grammar resources on the Internet.
and Documentation Online
site from dianahacker.com offers online annotated examples of actual college papers
using the MLA style in a Humanities paper, the APA style in a Social Sciences
paper, the Chicago Style in a History paper, and the CBE style in a Science paper.
There are also sections on finding and documenting sources in each of the four
easy to navigate online manual of how to cite various electronic publications,
messages, etc. From the well-known BedFord-St. Martins style manual folks. Each
of seven types of electronic communication is discussed in relation to four different
style manuals: APA, MLA, CBE, and Chicago.
Basic Elements of English:An Interactive Guide to Grammar
is one of the most detailed, comprehensive grammar sites that I found on the web.
Well-organized, attractive and easily navigated, it rivals --only rivals-- Charles
Darling's site in comprehensiveness, but lacks the charm. The best part of the
site is the tutorials, which are divided into four major sections: Parts of Speech,
Sentence Elements, Punctuation, and Word Use. The main page offers links to three
companion sites: An extensive "Students Guide to the Presentation of
Essays," "The Effective Writing Detailed Marking Guide," and a
Vavra's Grammar Materials
guy is serious about grammar and claims his KISS
method in nearly foolproof if you're willing to follow it. This is an extensive
site with free courses in grammar, some designed for teachers. All the pages are
beautifully bordered with fine art reproductions, reinforcing the classical bent
of this grammarian. Visit and take a fine arts tour, but keep your browser open
for no larger than a 15-inch monitor. Larger windows screw up the art display.
"A Guide to Grammar, Punctuation and Style for Journalists," this is
an entire semester's course, with weekly lessons and quizzes. It is designed as
a "book" online for the course. Although it is for students taking specific
courses at the University of Oregon, anyone can profit from working through some
of the lessons.
UVic Hypertext Writer's Guide
of Victoria, British Columbia, comprehensive writer's guide. Apparently not updated
since 1995, this sturdy site still serves the Queen's English quite well. Several
hundred links to subtopics on how to write.
a Basic Essay
attractive site has been around for a while--long enough to garner 10 awards for
excellence, but no longer displayed since it updated. It has an uncomplicated
seven-step instruction for writing a basic essay. Includes a good set of 80+ links
to writing resources, bibliography, research resources, grammar resources, study
aids, and collections of links, rivaling --just rivaling--The
Writer's Block in comprehensiveness!
- The Online
from the Brits! A useful reference for literate adults learning English as a Second
Language; also useful for native speakers of English. Cited as a "Best Education
Site for Teachers," by whom, who knows? Extensive grammar explanations, interactive
tests, links to additional related resources. A fair amount of not too obtrusive
advertising related to English and the opportunity to subscribe to additional
English learning services.
"Elements of Style"
1918 version of the classic style manual, before White came on board to update
and Thesauri. You want words? We've got words!|
claims to search 992 online dictionaries for you at once. Has
lots of links to "wordy" stuff. So
I looked up "ichthyosaur" and got 18 returns from different dictionaries,
including a rhyming dictionary (nothing quite rhymes with "ichthyosaur,"
apparently.) The Alpha Dictionary actually gets all its different dictionary sources
from the (even
Look Dictionary Search of 931
dictionaries. Both sites link to dictionaries in many languages and are worth
lexicons than ought to exist on one planet! An award -winning site with links
to lists of dictionaries by language and subject areas! The opening page has a
quick English word search that loads the American Heritage Electronic Dictionary
web-site. This is where I used to start when I wanted an online definition, but
the site is a bit too cluttered these days with ads. (Now
I start with One Look Dictionary
and Language Resources
A plain and simple listing of 182 links to dictionaries, glossaries, language
resources and other stuff. You can look up a word on the front page through Merriam
Webster's, or scroll through the generous offering of other dictionary sites.
interesting, newly-updated dictionary hyperlinks each word in the definition
to its own separate definition...so, if you can't understand the definition of
the word, you can look up the definition of the definition! (If that doesn't make
sense, try it and you'll understand--Look up "ichthyosaur" and it will
hyperlink you to eight synonyms for that long extinct reptile.) Along with the
regular 150,000-term dictionary, there is a thesaurus, a 14,000-term computing
dictionary, a medical dictionary, and--strange bedfellows--a dream interpretation
good, free, on-line dictionary and thesaurus with lots of interesting supplementary
stuff, including some for kids.
to be confused with YourDictionary.com! This one provides multiple sources for
your word, including a thesaurus, an encyclopedia and a Wikipedia link, and a
pronouncing guide (which you have to pay extra for). It is a commercial site with
ads, pop-ups, and tracking cookies, but could be useful as long as you clean out
your cookie files and run an anti-spyware program regularly.
searchable database of the 1919 edition of this famous work, includes lists of
famous quotes organized by authors and their works. Part of the larger Bartleby.com site mentioned below.
means "a thinking place," from the Greek.) In the site author's own words:
"If you're looking for an online dictionary, a word list on a given topic, or
the definitions to rare and unusual words, the Phrontistery is for you. Here,
you will find my 15,500-word dictionary of obscure and rare words, the International
House of Logorrhea, as well as many glossaries, word lists, and other English
language and etymology resources." Quite a list, worth exploring for anyone interested
in weird or obscure collections of words.
has more than 2000 free texts, study guides and reference resources. This site's
worth exploring, even if you only visit E. Cobham Brewer's Reader's Handbook,
an 1897 index of over 14,000 literary references and allusions explained--like
who Nebuchadnezzer was, or what a "Judas Tree" is, or a "Johnny Newcome."
Start with the main site page or go to bibliomania
reference and check out the links to research and reference.
classic 1911 reference work, updated, online and searchable.
Gale Glossary of literary terms
hundred literary terms and devices cross-referenced and defined. Come here to
find out what scansion, theatre of the absurd, and neoclassicism
of Internet Terms
what it says. Several hundred terms defined.
--just a tiny fraction of all that is out there!|
- Evaluating Web Sites
- A comprehensive
set of important questions to apply when evaluating Internet resources for student
- a truly great collection of dozens of academic research databases available
free to PVCC and Maricopa students with a library card. If you are a college student
elsewhere, hope that your library can rival PVCC in its depth of Internet-based
research (brag, brag).
perfect citation is a thing of beauty, a marvelous sight! This site cites for
you! Select MLA, APA, or Chicago style, then select the type of work you want
to cite, then enter the asked for information and KnightCite produces the correctly
formatted citation for your paper. How exciting! This could make the MLA style
manual virtually obsolete, just as the hand-held calculator made memorizing your
times tables unnecessary (not!).
Internet Public Library
vast collection of 45,000 links organized into the categories you would expect
in a public library. There are also some online "books" and articles,
organized by topics and subtopics. You can get fat doing research here, because
you don't even have to walk anywhere! I searched for "ichthyosaur" and
got no results, but "attention deficit disorder" produced 118 links
in 12 different categories. If you have a high speed Internet connection, you
can "Grok" your search (that's what they call it) and get the results
either in an outline or a map of relationships. And you don't even need a library
card, and there's never an overdue fine. Just to get an idea of how big the IPL
is, go to one tiny corner of it and you'll find links to well over a thousand
online newspapers from around the world,
in all the languages of the world!
Gutenberg free books
Internet's oldest producer of free electronic books (eBooks or etexts). Download
to your computer one, or as many as you want, of more than 18,000 free fiction
and nonfiction eBooks in many different languages. Aesop's Fables is there,
along with Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, and Mark Twain's
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and even Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace,
one of the longest novels in the world. But not everything is there, especially
newer works that are still under copyright. So you'll just have to explore or
search for your favorite author.
On-line Books Page
of links to other archives of THOUSANDS of on-line texts, including the Gutenberg
collection and dozens of foreign language literature archives. Here are the category
headings for the Specialty Archives of this collections of hundreds of links to
online book collections: Agriculture -- Architecture -- Art and Crafts -- Audio
-- Blacks -- Children -- Computing -- Dissertations -- Drama -- Economics -- Historical
-- Home Economics -- Literary -- Military -- Music and Dance -- New Original Works
-- Philosophy -- Poetry -- Politics, Government, Law -- Portable Reader Editions
-- Religion -- Science, Social Science and Math -- Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror
-- Women. This page provides access to so many online texts that the 18,000 of
Project Gutenberg seem paltry.
Internet Modern History Sourcebook
to hundreds of complete works of important historical significance. The original
sources that historians read before writing their texts, or students have to read
when doing research papers. Hosted by Fordham University, this is an attractive,
thorough, and well-organized site.
and dozens of links to stuff about books! What Bookspot says about itself: "a
free resource center that simplifies the search for the best book-related content
on the Web. Featured sites are hand-selected by BookSpot.com editors and organized
into intuitive categories, such as bestseller lists, genres, book reviews, electronic
texts, book news and more." There is a lot here to explore! Has ads and popups--not
every good thing on the web can be free.
Alex Catalog of Electronic Texts
collection of 600 public domain documents from American and English literature
as well as Western philosophy...not only can you search for and display texts
from the collection, but you can also search the content of located texts."
the "the oldest and largest general reference in the English language," now for FREE! (Wikipedia did it!)
Lots of attractive features: search for subjects, photos, blogs, and more.
Sites on the Internet
site is for "verbivores," lovers of words. Over 130 links to sites related to
words and language. Some of the categories include: Etymology, Grammar & Usage,
Linguistic Links, Newsgroups, Puns, Reference works, Word Games, Word & Letter
Play, Word Watching & Vocabulary Development. If you are a writer, you'll browse
here for fun and work. It links from Richard Lederer's Verbivore site, which is itself an interesting resource.
William Shakespeare and the Internet
as a "complete annotated guide to the scholarly Shakespeare resources available
on the Internet." Links to search engines that will find any line in the Bard's
plays or poems. Lots of other stuff about his work, life and times. Bard buffs
will bookmark this one.
- A very
useful site which provides access to hundreds of online texts categorized thusly: Reference
(40+ works); Poetry (60+ authors); Fiction (85+ authors); Nonfiction (60+ authors).
Hundreds of national and international newspaper
opinion pages. Find out what the world thinks about a current event.
great resource! Links to about 200 daily, weekly or monthly U.S. college
and university newspapers, including the Arizona State Press.
- The Bible Gateway
to search the Old and New Testaments to nail down where that literary/biblical
reference came from? Or find multiple references to an event, name, word or phrase
in the Bible? This site searches 4 different English language translations and
translations in eight other languages! This site takes Strong's Concordance to
HighBeam Research Engine delivers over 35 million articles from more than 3,000
credible academic journals, newspapers, magazines, and more - going back more
than 25 years"...impressive! I searched for "ichthyosaur" and got
180 returns, but only 18 were free articles. The rest were "premium,"
requiring an unspecified subscription fee. Of course, I could sign up for a seven-day
free trial and read all 180 articles, but I didn't want to fill out the free-trial
registration without knowing the subscription fee.
Helpful Guide To Web Search Engines
updated May 2004. Recommends specific search engines for specific purposes and
explains how they work. You can get a more current explanation at webopedia.com
which claims to be the only online dictionary of computer technology you will
ever need--along with a whole lot of advertising. hitmill.com
has a lot of good info for using the Internet, and without the ad clutter.
Information on the Internet: A Tutorial
the University of California at Berkley, this is a comprehensive and useful site
for college students who want to do serious research on the Internet--its current
In author Paul McFedries' own words: "This Web site is devoted to lexpionage,
the sleuthing of new words and phrases. These aren't "stunt words" or "sniglets,"
but new terms that have appeared multiple times in newspapers, magazines, books,
Web sites, and other recorded sources." So, if you want to know where a new phrase
or word came from, and what it means, and it is so new that it isn't in your dictionary,
try this site.
for Aspiring Professional Writers |
- Top 100 Creative Writing Blogs (why isn't mine listed?)
"blog" is short for "web log," a place where someone writes
his or her thoughts for all to see, and where those who see can respond with their
own posts. There are millions and millions (really!) of blogs out there for folks who want to share their
writing with others, and you can Google
any blog subject imaginable. You can even start
your own blog for the rest of the world to read. Here's someone's list
of the top one hundred for creative writers.
Internet Writing Journal
with some famous and not so famous professional writers' blogs.
- Writers' Guild of America
professional compendium of current stuff for writers and wannabees; lots of interesting
stuff for interested writers; numerous pages; has member and nonmember features.
- a comprehensive
site for professional and aspiring writers. Lots of features, including a monthly
online journal by and about writers; archives all its issues; advice on getting
Center for Writers
by Creighton University, an attractive site with many useful literary links for
serious writers from Nebraska and most anywhere else.
- College and University Literary
- Twenty foursuch magazines listed by Yahoo.com: prose, poetry, fiction and essays by
college students and the college-educated; some creative and cutting-edge stuff.
and University Writing Centers|
years ago, there were a lot of OWLS hooting around
the Internet--that is, Online Writing
Labs that offered students the opportunity to get advice and tutoring by
e-mail. Most OWLS today have become so successful that they restrict that service
to their own registered students, but there are many college and university writing
centers that offer reference links and worksheets that are helpful to anyone.
This is a very short list of some good writing resources, but I only know of Colorado
State accepting tutoring requests from outsiders, but allow five days for a response!
If you find another college writing center that accepts work from outsiders, please
The Writer's Block know. And,
of course, PVCC students should check out PVCC's Online
award-winning site is the Online Writing Lab most frequently linked to by other
Web writing sites. It is comprehensive and very well done, with many useful links,
including lots of grammar and style "worksheets." Good section on the
MLA Style Manual. Offers the OWL Newsletter for $20.00 a year, of interest
to educators who run writing centers.
State Writing Center
of good stuff here for both students and teachers of writing:over 70 writing guides
for different subjects/purposes; interactive demos; links to Internet writing
resources. Calling itself an "open acess learning environment," The CSU Writing Studio will even accept outside students writing for tutoring help when not
real busy helping CSU students.
of Richmond Writer's Web
Web is a free, public-access handbook." This is a well-organized site useful
to both students and teachers.
of Wisconsin at Madison OWL
an extensive section on documenting sources, and handouts on the writing process;
includes a section on Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) for instructors. Has
links to the four or five most common style manuals (MLA, APA, CBE, APSA); extensive
sections on "Stages of the Writing Process, Common Types of Writing Assignments,
Grammar and Punctuation, Improving Your Writing Style, Citing References in Your
of Minnesota writers' links
good list of over 20 links to resources, including how to write for different
subjects, student writing resources, and Writing Across the Curriculum for instructors.
- University of Illinois Center for Writing Studies
by University Illinois Urbana-Champaign, this has some good links to resources
for teachers as well as students.
of Links to Other Resources. The most comprehensive lists are first. |
- The Word
over 350 links to interesting reference works, literary magazines, and other stuff
of interest to writers/readers, including a search of several versions of the
Bible. Plain brown wrapper, barely annotated list, and some links are outdated
and no longer work; not
very pretty (what the hey, neither is this great site), but a unique collection.
commercial bookstore with lots of used as well as new books. Calling itself "the
legendary independent bookstore," it is a thorough site, online for 15 years,
and competes well with Amazon.com.
Hancher's "useful sites on the Web"
a University of Minnesota English professor, a wide-ranging, non-annotated list
of links to several hundred sites related to education and the humanities. "Partially
revised" in July 2006, this site has been around for awhile: plain
vanilla--no graphics, just links; a good place for a curious teacher--or student--to
browse to "see what's out there." Certainly, some of it will
be useful to you...
- ESL Links
of links to other resources. Each of the following categories links to a dozen
or more related sites: Listening, Reading, Writing, Grammar, Vocabulary, Lesson
Plans, Kids English, Newspapers, Magazines, Business English, ESP (?), Pronunciation,
Quizzes, Idioms, Methods, Games, Dictionaries, ESL Info, ESL Schools, ESL Jobs.
Lots of ads, but a useful site. Has a section written in Chinese.
they say about their own site: "Free English-as-a-second-language teaching
materials and learning resources for teachers, students & schools. Search
for ESL jobs, lesson plans, English schools/programs, books, school resources
and more." They also provide discussion forums for ESL students and teachers.
site's been around for awhile, though it is current; like the ESL sites above,
it is user-friendly to learners of English. "Stuff for teachers, students,
and Arizona Writing Sites|
State University Writing Center
to over 35 national and international newspapers online; 20 reference sites; 25
ASU online writing "handouts." Links to several style manuals, including
MLA and APA.
Gilbert Community College Writing Internet Resources
helpful page describing services and offering links to numerous other resources
for math/science, study skills, ESL, and learning styles.
Community College Writer's Web Resources
well-developed, comprehensive and useful page with links in two dozen categories
to over 100 sites of interest to students and teachers of writing. The best in
Community College Literature Web
useful links to sites in 11 categories, such as Am. Lit, Eng. Lit, Biography;
censorship, books online, children's lit, classical lit, Poetry, Sci-Fi, Shakespeare.
Hard to find GCC Writer's Web from here and vice-versa.
Arizona University Writing Center
help to NAU students and has a good set of links to other academic categories
of OWLS, academic organizations, journals, online bookstores, literature and authors,writing
resources. Its writing "tips" links to Purdue's 126 online worksheets.
Valley Community College Online Tutor
access to tutoring in eight subjects for enrolled students, including writing,
through the BlackBoard course system.
Salado Community College
- ULinks to useful writing resources inside and outside the college website.
Community College Writing Center
- Links to a useful Library Guides page.
of Arizona Writing: Southern Arizona Writing Project
- Links to lots of helpful sites for writing teachers and students.
Really, Really GOOD Sites! Don't miss these. The best from each category!
to grammar and writing
many-award-winning site! Easy to use, attractive, and with a very personable character!
Check out "Ask Grammar," the interactive Q and A feature, or take one
of its many self-instructional quizzes. Has numerous links to other sources. I
think this is the best grammar resource on the web.
- The Purdue OWL
award-winning site is the Online Writing Lab most frequently linked to by other
Web writing sites. It is comprehensive and very well done, with many useful links,
including lots of grammar and style "worksheets."
- Paradigm Online Writing Assistant
award-winning online, interactive writer's guide for all levels of college writing.
Attractive, comprehensive, easy to follow.
interesting British site for word-lovers; a good source for weird words and etymological
anecdotes. Links to several dozen articles about the English language. Over 1500
pages of stuff for logophiles.
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