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    Focusing on Words - Subscription-based site for vocabulary development, showcasing the Latin and Greek roots of English words.

    11 Rules of Writing - Concise guide to some of the most frequently violated rules of writing, punctuation, and grammar.

    Strunk, William. 1918. The Elements of Style. - This book is intended for use in English courses in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature. It aims to give in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style.

    Acronym Finder - Searchable database of 80,000+ acronyms and meanings. Covers: common acronyms, computers, technology, government, telecommunications, and military acronyms.

    WordWizard - Portal for word lovers. Learn about word meanings, slang, quotations, insults, and famous authors. Wordwizard offers a round trip across the English language.

    William Strunk Jr.'s The Elements of Style - Online publication of Strunk's classic guide to the English language.

    Writing For Multimedia - Style guide for multimedia.

    Cliche Finder - Special tool word-searches 3,300 cliches.

    Cliche - List of 2000 English cliches with some statistical and literary notes on their use.

    The Slot - A regularly updated style guide and webzine for copy editors by Bill Walsh.

    Paradigm Online Writing Assistant - Help in discovering, organizing, revising, and editing informal, thesis, argumentative, and exploratory essays.

    Online Classes in Rhetoric, University of Minnesota - The University of Minnesota offers a number of Internet correspondence courses in rhetoric. Sign up here.

    Wired Style - Notes on the emerging language of technology. Reference and discussion tool. Last updated 1997.

    Verbivore - Richard Lederer's page, with contact information and a handful of his language-loving articles.

    American English - Canadian-American/British translation. Notes on American English, British English, and Canadian English, in spelling and word choice.

    MLA Style and Documentation - Guidelines and examples for current MLA procedures. First page format, presenting quotations, and citing books, websites, and nonprint sources.

    English Language Reference Page - Search for the meaning of a word in multiple dictionaries. Finds idioms, phrases, rhymes, and thesaurus results for that word.

    Rhetorical Figures - From alliteration to zeugma, and everything in between, all the figures of speech are here.

    Word Fugitives - An interactive column by The Atlantic's Barbara Wallraff. Discovers needs in our language and recommends new words to fill them.

    A Word With You - A daily on-line column, featuring little known facts about well known words and phrases.

    Wordiness - A list of words and phrases to purge from your writing.

    Word Lab - A message board where you can request and brainstorm unique words, names, titles, coinages, puns, phrases, slogans and slang.

    Garbl's Editorial Style Manual - Style manual for abbreviations, capitalization, grammar, numbers, punctuation, spelling and word usage. [Update URL]

    Cliche Site - Clichés, sayings or phrases listed with definitions and explanations. Clichés are organized by subject and alphabetically and you can use the search function.

    Internet Citation Guides - Web-based bibliography of citation styles, including APA (American Psychological Association), CBE (Council of Biology Editors), Chicago, MLA (Modern Language Association), Turabian, APSA, and NLM.

    Good Grammar, Good Style - Articles and answers to frequently asked questions about grammar, mechanics, and style. Links and bibliography.

    KCI: Reader Based Writing Style Guide - Designed to help you bulletproof your writing. Extensive, alphabetical index of points of style.

    Guide to Grammar and Writing - Digital handouts on grammar and English usage. From subject-verb agreement and use of articles to exercises in parallel structures and argumentative essays. You can submit questions about grammar and writing.

    Loquacious Language - A column (running for three years) devoted to language (and mostly grammar) by Michael Tseng.

    Guide to Grammar and Style - The information ranges from copy editing to elements of style to discussions. Practical information about the writing craft.

    World Wide Words - Explores some of the byways history, quirks, curiosities and evolution of the English language. Columns on a variety of subjects.

    AmeriSpeak - "Expressions of our American ancestors." The colorful slang of Americans of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries.

    The Book of Cliches - A compilation of common phrases, euphemisms, and rationales for times of trouble. Organized by occasion.

    The Word Centre - Consulting firm dedicated to training businesses to use plain English. Free newsletter and professional editing services.

    NoodleBib - The MLA Bibliography Composer - A free tool to create, edit, and save your MLA-style bibliography online, then publish it to a Web page, email it, or save it as RTF and open it in Microsoft Word.

    SoYouWanna Avoid Common Writing Errors - We compiled a list of the most common writing errors people tend to make. This is not a primer on grammar or essay-writing. This is a checklist of things which you might well do and which you must stop doing.

    How to Cite Information From the WWW - A brief introduction from the American Psychological Association.

    WordWatch - Digs up a word or phrase out of the Bank of English and holds it up for inspection and comment.

    Grammar Slammer - This help file indexes style and usage, capitalization, abbreviations, punctuation, letter writing, common mistakes and a grammar glossary.

    Yale Style Manual - A style manual for the design of Web pages and Web sites. Covers graphic and information design, page layout, Web graphics, site organization, navigation, and Web multimedia content.

    A Research Guide for Students - How to write research papers, do presentations, and more. Virtual library of useful URLs arranged by Dewey Decimal Classification.

    Adding Value to your Links - A bulleted guide to using links effectively in hypertext writing.

    Common Errors in English - Catalogue of writing or speaking mistakes and easily confusible words, with corrections.

    Plain English Campaign - An independent group fighting for plain English in public communication. We oppose gobbledygook, jargon and legalese.

    Bartleby.com: The Columbia Guide to Standard American English - Kenneth G. Wilson's handbook includes descriptive and prescriptive examples with hyperlinked cross-references.

    APA Style - Official American Psychological Association site includes frequently asked questions, guidelines for electronic media citations and spelling and ordering information.

    Top20Composition.com - Online directory for grammar, spelling, puncuation, research, creative writing, and Proofreading resources.

    Dr. NAD's Prig Page. - Tests of usage, built interactively.

    Guides for Better Science Writing - Bibliography of style manuals for scientific research, writing, and presentation. Guides for biology, medicine, chemistry, engineering, geology, and mathematics.

    Macedon's Taberna: The Craft of Writing - Only 10% of writing is talent (maybe less), another 30% is having something interesting to say. The rest is being able to say it well. Talent and content amount to little without skill, and skill is what we learn.

    Plain English Campaign - Fight to destroy gobbledygook, legalese, small print and bureaucratic language. Give out the Crystal Mark Award for good use of plain English.

    That's Right Words - Articles about grammar information and hints. Australian site. Errs on the side of "correctness," not that of modern usage.

    The Sports Cliche List - A large, searchable collection of sports cliches, lingo, and jargon.

    Deadwood Phrases - Prune the deadwood phrases from your writing. Site lists the worst from A to Z.

    Linguistic Phenomena/Devices - A list of lesser-known features in English writing. You know what most of these are, you just didn't know what they were called. Hendiadys, holonyms, hypernyms, and more.

    Words, Words, and More Words - We use words to communicate, to connect, to convince, to change minds, to entertain, to play, to work and more. Explore the world of words on the Internet.

    The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing - Popular, award-winning online writing guide. Authoritative help with research, style, structure, major citation styles, mechanics, and revision.

    Episodic Writing - Thomas Wolfe, episodic writing, and the future of literary fiction beyond the book.

    Communications Skills at Suite101.com - This topic will cover writing and speaking skills, with emphasis on clear communication, basic design, communicating with international and multicultural audiences.

    CBC News: Words, Woe & Wonder - An in-depth look at the words we use from CBC News.

    Amy's Guide to MLA Documentation - Advice on how to document research using the MLA Handbook, Fourth Edition, 1995. Examples are either original or borrowed from the MLA Handbook.

    Karla's Guide to Citation Guides - Annotated collection of links to the best citation guides on the Internet, especially citation from the Internet. APA, Chicago, MLA, CBE, legal citation, and more.

    Clear Ink SpellWeb - An evolving experiment in sidesifting the web for useful information. In this case, it lets the web vote on alternative spellings (or web popularity) of words.

    Scribe.com - An ever increasing list of free hints and tips on punctuation. Also, tips about page layout, html and software. Free newsletter.

    Garbl's Writing Resources Online - Annotated directory of web sites focusing on English grammar, style, usage, plain language, active writing, words, reference sources, online writing experts, word play and books on writing.

    Dan Kurland's Criticalreading.com - Explains the fundamentals of critical reading and writing. Offers a way to recognize what a text "says," what a text "does," and what a text "means" by analyzing choices of content, language, and structure.

    Suite101: English Grammar and Style - Weekly column, discussions and links.

    Logophilia - The word lover's web site by Paul McFedries.

    Exploring English - An online tutorial for the parts of speech with style notes for the English Language.

    The Cool Word of the Day Page - From York University in Toronto, Canada.

    A.Word.ADay - The music and magic of words. This is the website for the mailing list A.Word.A.Day (AWAD), which sends a vocabulary word and its definition to the subscribers every day.

    Society for the Preservation of English Language and Literature - Bimonthly publication, SPELL/Binder, contains articles on grammar, usage, word origins, and other subjects of interest to language lovers.

    alt.usage.english FAQ - The alt.usage.english FAQ in HTML format. Wide range of English usage topics.

    What is Good Hypertext Writing? - There is more to writing than putting words next to each other, and there is more to writing hypertext than throwing together a bunch of links. By Julia Degener.


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