11 Rules of Writing – This site is a concise guide to some of the most commonly violated rules of writing.
100 Words That All High School Graduates And Their Parents Should Know – The quality of a person’s vocabulary has a direct effect on his or her success in college and in the workplace. In response to parents’ misgivings over the quality of their children’s education, the editors of The American Heritage College Dictionary have compiled a list of 100 words they recommend each high school graduate should know.
A Rulebook for Arguments, by Anthony Weston – “This book begins by discussing fairly simple arguments and moves to argumentative essay at the end.”
All About Writing! – Over 200 pages of articles on writing and is designed to help everyone improve their writing and editing skills. The process involves looking at grammar, punctuation, and structure in a way that allows you to re-evaluate your writing style and improve the way you communicate in text.
American Heritage Book of English Usage – A powerful, practical and authoritative guide to contemporary English usage that will help you make intelligent decisions when communicating in speech or writing. Site presents sound guidelines and specific controversies in grammar, style, and word choice.
Antagonyms – words that have opposite meanings (e.g., “bad” can mean bad or good depending on usage).
AskOxford.com – Free English language reference site from Oxford University Press. The site has a range of resources including dictionaries, a thesaurus, word games and writing guides as well as the opportunity to put any language related question not answered by the site to OUP’s resident language experts.
Basic Elements of English – Grammar tutorials offered by the English Department at the University of Calgary.
Basic Guide to Essay Writing – a step-by-step guide to writing a basic essay. Includes links to other on-line essay resources.
Book of Cliches, The – “The Book of Cliches lists phrases to say in times of trouble in a number of categories.”
The Chicago Manual of Style: FAQ – Site answers some of the questions ask of CMS staff that commonly vex writers and editors.
Cliche Finder – Site has a list of 3,300 cliches, and can be searched by keyword.
ClicheSite.com – Site has a list of cliches ‘As long as your arm,’ complete with definitions and explanations along with a ‘Cliche of the Day.’
Common Errors in English – site which simply and entertainingly explains a number of common spelling and usage errors in English.
Commonly Confused Words – An alphabetical listing of frequently used and sometimes misused words, with explanations and examples of proper usage.
Confusing Words – Confusing Words is a collection of 3210 words that are troublesome to readers and writers. Words are grouped according to the way they are most often confused or misused. Some of these words are homonyms (words that sound alike but are spelled differently) and some are just commonly confused.
Copy Editing for Magazines – Editor who has worked for Time provides a structured approach to acquiring skills and coping with special conditions.
Correct Forms of Address – This section provides the correct forms of address for U.S. Public officials, diplomats, religious leaders, royalty, the British peerage, and military personnel.
Daily Grammar – improve your writing with free daily e-mail grammar lessons.
Darling’s Guide to Grammar – prepared by Professor of English/Humanities Charles Darling for his English courses at Capital Community-Technical College.
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Focusing on Words – This advanced English-language site is here as a guide by your side so you can experience the wonder of words and the English language.
Garbl’s Writing Center – This style guide gives writing and editing advice about abbreviations, capitalization, English grammar, numbers, organization terminology, punctuation, spelling, word usage and the World Wide Web.
Gender-free Pronoun FAQs – Discusses politically correct alternatives to gendered pronouns.
Grammar and Style Notes – by Jack Lynch
Grammar Bytes – explanations, handouts for students and teachers, and interactive exercises.
Grammar Now – “This is a free site dedicated to answering any grammar, composition, research or formatting question you might have. Send me a grammar question by filling out the form below, and I’ll e-mail you a response.”
Grammars and Language Courses – This site by yourDictionary.com provides links to online grammars and language courses along with links to lesson plans and other resources for learning the languages.
Grammar Slammer Online – online English grammar help. Includes letter writing, confusing words, and easy search engine.
Handbook of Rhetorical Devices – definitions and examples of more than sixty traditional rhetorical devices, all of which can still be useful today to improve the effectiveness, clarity, and enjoyment of your writing.
Heteronyms – words that are spelled identically but have different meanings when pronounced differently (e.g., wind or lead).
History of the English Language – online resources related to the study of the history of English from pre-history to the present day.
How to Write a Letter of Recommendation – tips about what to include and how to structure a typical letter of recommendation. This advice may also be useful if you request a letter of recommendation from someone who is not familiar with how to write one.
HyperGrammar – Structured and detailed course on literary stylistics produced by the University of Ottawa.
HyperTextBook – Modern English Grammar.
Indispensable Writing Resources – You’ll find everything on and off the Net that you could possibly need in writing or researching a paper, including links to all sorts of reference material, links to writing labs, links to Web search engines, and links to writing-related Web sites.
Jargon Buster – If you’re confused by conjugation and puzzled by the postpositive then this service by Oxford Dictionaries called ‘jargon buster’ should help you cut through the technical terms and grab hold of grammar, literary terms, and other such bamboozlement.
King’s English – HW Fowler’s classic reference guide to vocabulary, syntax, punctuation, grammar, and style.
Modern English Grammar – “Hypertextbook” covering English clauses, phrases, word structure, grammatical style, punctuation and even the Ebonics debate.
Nuts and Bolts Guide to College Writing, The – guide that will help you write better college essays.
Paradigm Online Writing Assistant – site offers a guide to writing essays and term papers. Modules include choosing a topic, organizing your writing, editing your writing, documenting your research, and writing various kinds of papers: informal, thesis, exploratory, argumentative.
Phrase Finder – Whether you want to resolve a friendly argument over how a saying or phrase originated or whether you just enjoy words, you’ll probably find something here to interest you.
Punctuation – Brief discussion of the concept of punctuation, and a complete guide to the functions of punctuation marks.
Punctuation Made Simple – This sites discusses several of the most useful punctuation marks that you will use as a communicator. Instead of listing many rules, as a grammar book does, the site examines these various marks in general so that you can get a sense of how to use them in your own prose.
Revising Prose – site describes twelve basic principles of good prose style and illustrates most of these principles with examples.
Slot, The: A Spot for Copy Editors– part style manual, part pet-peeve collection, The Slot is one copy editor’s look at how to use, and how not to use, the English language.
Usenet – alt.usage.english – English grammar, word usages, and related topics.
Vocabula Review, The – A monthly journal about the English language.
Webcite – an experimental MLA citation generator for electronic resources
Word Detective, The – the online version of Evan Morris’s syndicated column
WordNet – Lexical reference system in which nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are organized into synonym sets.
Word Police – “The Word Police are looking for a few good people. As a certified Word Police officer, you will be entitled to issue Grammar Citations when you see or hear crimes against the language. To be inducted into the force, you must pass a Word Police Academy exam.”
The World’s Famous Orations, William Jennings Bryan, Editor-in-Chief – Two millennia of Western Civilization come into focus through these 281 masterpieces by 213 rhetoricians. Selected under the supervision of the greatest orator of his time, these brief persuasive addresses form both a window into history’s turning points as well as a timeless collection for any reference shelf.
World Wide Words – Michael Quinion’s language pages include articles, the word hoard, newsworthy words, and usage notes.
Indispensable Writing Resources – “A Complete Collection of Writing Essentials.”
Persuasive Proposal Writing from Bar Ilan University in Israel. This page begins with the statement, “In language, clarity is everything,” and then proceeds to suggest a variety of ways that you can improve the clarity of your proposal.
Elements of a Grant Proposal has been prepared by The Center for Nonprofit Management in Los Angeles. It provides a very concise set of listings of the things to do (and not to do) in preparing a proposal.
Writing for Business and Pleasure is a series of articles (originally written for the Minneapolis Star Tribune) by Stephen Wilbers. Included is “Grant proposals: Writing is just part of the process”, “Writing with heart improves odds of getting grant”, and “Use the Internet for help with writing grant proposals.” Well written with lots of good ideas and hints to be successful in preparing a proposal.
Proposal Writing: Internet Resources from the Grants Information Center at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Well organized listing (with links) of Grants and Related Resources maintained by the Michigan State University Library.
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