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Elements of Style
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University On-Line Writing Lab
Rules of Order
- The Slot: A Spot
for Copy Editors
Trinity College Writing Center
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
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.
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.
words that have opposite meanings (e.g., "bad" can mean bad or good depending
- 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 Guide to Essay Writing - a step-by-step guide to writing a basic essay. Includes links to
other on-line essay resources.
- Blue Book of
Grammar and Punctuation, The
Book of Cliches, The - "The Book of Clichés
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
Finder - Site has a list of 3,300
clichés, and can be searched by keyword.
- ClicheSite.com - Site has a list of
clichés 'As long as your arm,' complete with definitions and explanations
along with a 'Cliche of the Day.'
Colorado State University Online Writing Lab
Common Errors - discussion of errors in
English usage which are so common that some people don't recognise them as
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
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.
- Deadwood Phrases - "Deadwood is as useless in technical documents
as it is in trees. Your writing will be clearer if you prune these phrases!"
- The Elements
of Style - William Strunk, Jr.
- English as a Second Language
Newsroom for ESL - page features Grammar and Vocabulary exercises
Puzzles for ESL Students
@ home - Learn English grammar, vocabulary, speaking skills and
more. For English as a Second Language students.
· FUN - Frizzy University Network (FUN) is a relaxed and comfortable
environment in which students learning English as a foreign or second language
(EFL/ESL) can improve their writing · Internet
TESL Journal - The Internet TESL
Journal - Teachers of English as a Second Language
On-Line Writing Laboratory's ESL Page
for English Language and Culture
Quizzes for ESL Students - The Internet TESL Journal; a very large
number of quizzes.
EnglishCLUB.net: Grammar - presents tutorials
and quizzes on aspects of grammar such as verb tenses and prepositions.
English Grammar Links for ESL Students -
includes references, exercises and quizzes.
Five Paragraph Essay Wizard, The - At this
site, you will find the information you need to learn how to write the essay
as well as some writing prompts to help you develop skill.
- 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.
Foreign Words and Phrases
Essays Guide - This is a free essays
writing guide for students of all ages. The site covers such topics as getting
started, setting a mood, creating characters, composing dialog, plotting,
theme, and conflict.
Grammar Grabbers a light-hearted guide
to English grammar
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
Grammar Help Page
Grammar Hotline - The grammar hotline is a
list of phone numbers or E-Mail addresses or Web sites which you can contact
for answers to short questions about writing.
- Grammar Lady
- Dr Mary Bruder fields your grammar questions and posts excerpts from her
"Pittsburgh Post-Gazette" columns on common problems and guidelines.
- 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
- Grant Resources on the Web - Where to look when you need funding
Slammer Online - online English grammar help. Includes letter
writing, confusing words, and easy search engine.
- Guide to
Grammar & Writing - To write a clear
and comprehensive essay or story, you need to be able to write a clear,
comprehensive sentence. Site provides a grammar resource guide that will walk
you through the basics of good sentence structure and paragraph development.
words that are spelled identically but have different meanings when pronounced
differently (e.g., wind or lead).
Heteronyms, Homographs and Homonyms - A
dictionary for English Heteronyms.
- 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 Essays - This site will help you understand how to organize, plan and write
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.
International Society of Rhombi and Thesauri (ISRT) - progressive organization formed to inform the populace about the
correct pluralization of English words with roots in Latin.
MLA Bibliography Composer - "NoodleBib
is a free service that simplifies the process of creating and editing
MLA-style bibliographies. With the latest additions in version 2.0, you can
now email your bibliography to other people, save your bibliography as an RTF
document that you can open in Word, and publish your bibliography to your own
Style Guides for Internet and Electronic Resources
the World Wide Web in Style - American
Psych. Assoc. and Modern Language Association formats.
Guide to Online Style
Citation Guide - for sources in the humanities.
Extension to APA Style
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.
English - HW Fowler's classic reference guide to vocabulary,
syntax, punctuation, grammar, and style.
Latin Grammar Aid and Wordlist
LinguaCenter Grammar Sarari, The
Loquacious Language - a regularly appearing language column published by Michael Tseng in
his school newspaper, inspired by William Safire.
Modern English Grammar - "Hypertextbook"
covering English clauses, phrases, word structure, grammatical style,
punctuation and even the Ebonics debate.
Carolina University Online Writing Lab
- Nuts and
Bolts Guide to College Writing, The -
guide that will help you write better college essays.
- OWL: Purdue
University On-Line Writing Lab
- On-Line English Grammar
Online Styleguide -- National Public Radio. -
An alphabetical listing of commonly misused or misunderstood words and
concepts -- and explanations of correct punctuation, usage, grammar and
- 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 - Does for phrases what a thesaurus does for words.
Give it a word and retrieve a list of related phrases.
- Pop-Up Grammar - online English grammar instruction site with
- Project Bartleby
Punctuation - Brief discussion of the concept
of punctuation, and a complete guide to the functions of punctuation marks.
- Punctuation Made Simple
Paper Help - This site is a resource
to help high school and university students with the process of writing
research papers.The links offer instruction and tips for the various stages of
writing a research paper.
Revising Prose -
site describes twelve basic principles of good prose style and illustrates
most of these principles with examples.
Rules of Order
- 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
Tools for College Writing - This site is designed to introduce basic skills of college writing
Tradtional Grammar: An Interactive Book - a
complete and free introduction to the basic syntactic structure of Modern
English and the most common prescriptive errors in formal writing and how to
- Trinity College Writing Center
- Turabian Citation Generator
- Usenet -
alt.usage.english - English grammar, word usages, and related
- Vocabula Review,
The - A monthly journal about the
Webcite - an experimental MLA citation
generator for electronic resources
- Wilton's Etymology Page
Wired Style - principles of English usage in
the Digital Age.
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
- Word Wizard
- 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."
Yahoo! - Grammar, Usage, and Style
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.
Grants Central Station. has been put together
by Jay Mandell at Florida Atlantic University as an organizing point for a
variety of different types of information to support the preparation of a
grant proposal. Though some of the information is focused specifically on
Broward County and Palm Beach County (Florida), there are lots of great links
to information on the web.
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
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.
Community of Science is a global registry
designed to provide accurate, timely, easy-to-access information about what
new funding opportunities exist, and who is working on what subject, and
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