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  • 11 Rules of Writing - Concise guide to some of the most frequently violated rules of writing, punctuation, and grammar.
  • A Research Guide for Students - How to write research papers, do presentations, and more. Virtual library of useful URLs arranged by Dewey Decimal Classification.
  • A Word With You - A daily on-line column, featuring little known facts about well known words and phrases.
  • 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.
  • Acronym Finder - Searchable database of 80,000+ acronyms and meanings. Covers: common acronyms, computers, technology, government, telecommunications, and military acronyms.
  • Adding Value to your Links - A bulleted guide to using links effectively in hypertext writing.
  • American English - Canadian-American/British translation. Notes on American English, British English, and Canadian English, in spelling and word choice.
  • AmeriSpeak - "Expressions of our American ancestors." The colorful slang of Americans of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries.
  • APA Style - Official American Psychological Association site includes frequently asked questions, guidelines for electronic media citations and spelling and ordering information.
  • - For questions on English grammar, spelling, and usage. Search a dictionary of words, names or quotations.
  • The Columbia Guide to Standard American English - Kenneth G. Wilson's handbook includes descriptive and prescriptive examples with hyperlinked cross-references.
  • CBC News: Words, Woe & Wonder - An in-depth look at the words we use from CBC News.
  • Cliche - List of 2000 English cliches with some statistical and literary notes on their use.
  • Cliche Finder - Special tool word-searches 3,300 cliches.
  • 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.
  • Common Errors in English - Catalogue of writing or speaking mistakes and easily confusible words, with corrections.
  • Dan Kurland's - 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.
  • Deadwood Phrases - Prune the deadwood phrases from your writing. Site lists the worst from A to Z.
  • Dr. NAD's Prig Page. - Tests of usage, built interactively.
  • E-dition: Dictionary of Concise Writing - A look at word usage in popular culture. The Dictionary of Concision is a complete manual of several thousand wordy phrases.
  • Episodic Writing - Thomas Wolfe, episodic writing, and the future of literary fiction beyond the book.
  • Exploring English - An online tutorial for the parts of speech with style notes for the English Language.
  • Focusing on Words - Subscription-based site for vocabulary development, showcasing the Latin and Greek roots of English words.
  • Frequently Asked Questions about English - Answers to common questions about usage, style, grammar and punctuation.
  • Garbl's Editorial Style Manual - Style manual for abbreviations, capitalization, grammar, numbers, punctuation, spelling and word usage. [Update URL]
  • 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.
  • - A searchable directory of thousands of glossaries and topical dictionaries containing terms and definitions on hundreds of subjects.
  • Good Grammar, Good Style - Articles and answers to frequently asked questions about grammar, mechanics, and style. Links and bibliography.
  • Grammar Slammer - This help file indexes style and usage, capitalization, abbreviations, punctuation, letter writing, common mistakes and a grammar glossary.
  • Guide to Grammar and Style - The information ranges from copy editing to elements of style to discussions. Practical information about the writing craft.
  • 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.
  • Guides for Better Science Writing - Bibliography of style manuals for scientific research, writing, and presentation. Guides for biology, medicine, chemistry, engineering, geology, and mathematics.
  • How to Write an Explication - Step-by-step directions to writing an explication. Good and bad examples provided.
  • KCI: Reader Based Writing Style Guide - Designed to help you bulletproof your writing. Extensive, alphabetical index of points of style.
  • Language Wrangler - Provocative essays on word usage, writing ideas and style.
  • 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.
  • - About words and word usage.
  • Logophilia - The word lover's web site by Paul McFedries.
  • Loquacious Language - A column (running for three years) devoted to language (and mostly grammar) by Michael Tseng.
  • 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.
  • Modern Language Association - The Modern Language Association is the official guide to non-fiction writing. The site includes a guide to MLA style.
  • 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.
  • Online Classes in Rhetoric, University of Minnesota - The University of Minnesota offers a number of Internet correspondence courses in rhetoric. Sign up here.
  • Paradigm Online Writing Assistant - Help in discovering, organizing, revising, and editing informal, thesis, argumentative, and exploratory essays.
  • Phrases Thesaurus - A generator of headlines and copy for journalists. Enter a word and the database is searched to provide a list of phrases related to that word.
  • Plain English Campaign - An independent group fighting for plain English in public communication. We oppose gobbledygook, jargon and legalese.
  • 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.
  • Plain Language Action Network - Promoting clearer communication between the public and governement. This site has resources for writers to attain that goal.
  • Pseudo Dictionary - The dictionary for words that wouldn't make it into dictionaries.
  • Rhetorical Figures - From alliteration to zeugma, and everything in between, all the figures of speech are here.
  • - An ever increasing list of free hints and tips on punctuation. Also, tips about page layout, html and software. Free newsletter.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Suite 101: Communications Skills - Archive of articles covering writing and speaking skills, with emphasis on clear communication, basic design, communicating with international and multicultural audiences.
  • Suite101: English Grammar and Style - Archive of articles about English grammar and style.
  • Ted's Punctuation Guide - A punctuation guide describing how to use the period, ellipsis, comma, semicolon, colon, question mark, exclamation mark, quotation marks, parentheses, apostrophe, hyphen, dash, and capitalization.
  • That's Right Words - Articles about grammar information and hints. Australian site. Errs on the side of "correctness," not that of modern usage.
  • The Book of Cliches - A compilation of common phrases, euphemisms, and rationales for times of trouble. Organized by occasion.
  • The Cool Word of the Day Page - From York University in Toronto, Canada.
  • 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.
  • The Philosophy of Punctuation - Paul Robinson's classic essay on periods, commas, semicolons, dashes.
  • The Slot - A regularly updated style guide and webzine for copy editors by Bill Walsh.
  • The Sports Cliche List - A large, searchable collection of sports cliches, lingo, and jargon.
  • The Tongue Untied - Grammar, punctuation and style for journalists.
  • The Wonderful Writing Skills Unhandbook - An interactive site that uses the writing process to teach writing skills.
  • The Word Centre - Consulting firm dedicated to training businesses to use plain English. Free newsletter and professional editing services.
  • - Online directory for grammar, spelling, puncuation, research, creative writing, and proofreading resources.
  • Verbage - If you are looking for just the right word, you may find it here. If not, you can suggest your own.
  • Verbivore - Richard Lederer's page, with contact information and a handful of his language-loving articles.
  • 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.
  • William Strunk Jr.'s The Elements of Style - Online publication of Strunk's classic guide to the English language.
  • Wired Style - Notes on the emerging language of technology. Reference and discussion tool. Last updated 1997.
  • Word Fugitives - An interactive column by The Atlantic's Barbara Wallraff. Discovers needs in our language and recommends new words to fill them.
  • Word Lab - A message board where you can request and brainstorm unique words, names, titles, coinages, puns, phrases, slogans and slang.
  • Word Quests - Word lists that provide thematic units of English words derived from Latin and Greek sources.
  • Wordiness - A list of words and phrases to purge from your writing.
  • 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.
  • WordWatch - Digs up a word or phrase out of the Bank of English and holds it up for inspection and comment.
  • WordWizard - Portal for word lovers. Learn about word meanings, slang, quotations, insults, and famous authors. Wordwizard offers a round trip across the English language.
  • World Wide Words - Explores some of the byways history, quirks, curiosities and evolution of the English language. Columns on a variety of subjects.
  • Writing For Multimedia - Style guide for multimedia.
  • 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.

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