Resources for Writers
Grammar & Usage
- Adjectives and adverbs, using correctly
- Articles--a, an, and the
- Articles--How to choose
- Colons, semicolons, and dashes
- Comma splices and fused sentences
- Comma use
- Modifiers, misplaced and dangling
- Nouns, plural and possessive
- Pronoun agreement
- Pronoun case
- Restrictive and nonrestrictive elements
- Subject-verb agreement
- That, which, and who, using correctly
- Verb forms
- Verb tenses
- Who and whom
Paragraph Structure and Development
Searching the Internet - Tools and Tips
Topical Writing - by Content Area
Writing the Essay and the Research Paper -
Skills, Patterns, and Techniques
Bibliography Builder - Form-based resource that allows users to generate Chicago and IEEE Style reference citations that can be imported into word processor documents
IEEE Computer Society Style Guide - "The mission of the . . . Guide . . . is to clarify editorial styles and standards used in the Society's publications."
Research and Documentation Online - Bedford/St. Martin's resource that provides guidelines for citing resources in various disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, history, and the sciences
Landmarks Citation Machine - Form-based resource that allows users to generate Modern Language Association (MLA) and American Psychological Association (APA) Style reference citations that can be imported into word processor documents
Creative Writing Resources
Poets & Writers Online - Online variant of the prestigious Poets & Writers magazine. The site offers publishing advice, classifieds, literary links, and more.
Critical Reading & Thinking
Critical reading - Information available on this site offers much insight into the fundamentals of critical reading and effective writing, and includes selections on such matters as inference, ways to read, and grammar.
Learn English. Flash site that "incorporates forty topics, along with 1,500 English words and phrases" with audio.
Grammar and Usage Sites
KISS Grammar Site - "This site offers 1) numerous essays that explore the problem [of the way grammar is typically taught], 2) specific suggestions about what grammar should be taught in which grade levels (including explanations of how and why), and 3) a large selection of instructional material, including answer keys so that parents and teachers can study the KISS approach and decide for themselves if it makes sense" (Vavra).
Bartleby's Library - Famous Quotations - Searchable collection of famous, and not so famous, quotes
Bartleby's Library - Online Texts - Assortment of online texts, indexed by category: reference, verse, fiction, and nonfiction
Literary Resources Page - Collection of links to English and American literature sites, as maintained by Jack Lynch at Rutgers University
The Luminarium - Online anthology of Middle English, 16th century Renaissance, and early 17th century century texts, indexed by author and period and supplemented with biographical information and critical essays. Like Harvard's Chaucer site, it is beautifully illustrated.
Online Writing Labs
Purdue University OWL - Site provides links to numerous resources for both students and faculty
Resources for Writers
AskOxford - Excellent site dedicated to the exploration of words and the use of the English language
Wordsmyth - Educational Dictionary and Thesaurus
Searching the Internet - Tools & Tips
Searching the Internet - Tips and Strategies
Web Source Evaluation
Auburn University Library - Site provides links to multiple sites offering evaluation criteria