Online Resources



Citation Styles
Explains APA, MLA, AMA, Turabian, and Chicago styles using examples and gives guidelines for when to use which style.

Purdue OWL MLA Formatting and Style Guide
This site offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.

The University of Southern Mississippi Library's Citation Style Guide
This site provides examples of how to cite commonly-used documents in APA, MLA, and Turabian format, along with a collection of links to other reference guides.


Dictionaries & Glossaries

Merriam-Webster Online
The complete Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus online, free and searchable with definitions and audio pronunications. You can also read the Word of the Day, play Word Games, etc.
Search for famous quotes, classic literature, writing guides, and works of nonfiction. In addition to being able to find email addresses this site also includes dictionary, encyclopedia, and thesaurus.
Free online English dictionary, thesaurus and reference guide, crossword puzzles and other word games, online translator and Word of the Day.
Searches on return word and phrase definitions from a variety of English dictionary resources, including Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (G & C. Merriam Co., 1913), The Jargon File, the Devils Dictionary (1911), the Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, the CIA World Factbook (2002), the Elements Database, Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms, and the WordNet® 2.0 Database.

OneLook Dictionary
101 links to General dictionaries and glossaries indexed by the OneLook® search engine.

Type in a word to find its rhymes, synonyms, and more. Also includes searchable database of quotations and documents such as the Bible and the U.S. Constitution.

"Wordsmyth is an innovative and evolving language reference source that meshes the functions of a dictionary and a thesaurus with powerful and flexible search capabilities...The dictionary-thesaurus itself has been designed to emphasize full, supportive usage information in entries, including example sentences and phrases, and indicators of context and grammar. It offers extensive referencing, too; for each meaning of a word, lists of synonyms and similar words... are provided, each hyperlinked to its own, precise definition."

A comprehensive and authoritative language community portal that includes many resources for language study and improvement, available in more than 250 languages.


Fiction Writing

Fiction Addiction
Resources on links for publishers, literary agents, workshops, how tos, books, message boards, etc. Very comprehensive.

Gotham Writer's Workshop Classes
Gotham Writer's Workshops, both online and at a NY city site.

Writer's Digest
Magazine, bookstore, book club, school, online workshops, writer's market. Very comprehensive.

Daily Writing Tips for Fiction Writing
Tips and advice for writing, formatting, and publishing fiction.

Fiction Writer's Character Chart
A form for organizing details of fiction characters; free download.

Fiction Writers Connection
Fiction Writers Connection. Membership site. Offers newsletter, email courses, critiquing, consulting etc.

Fiction Factor
Every month we will feature tips on writing better fiction, articles on improving your writing, writing a novel and getting published, promoting and marketing your fiction and much more! Free newsletter, listing of recommended books, etc. Also includes an online magazine.

Freelance Writers
Freelance links and books.

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop Creative Writing Program
The creative writing program at the University of Iowa.

iUniverse Fiction Site
Welcome to our specialty section for fiction writing! Here you'll find links to fiction markets, resources for fiction writers, research resources, articles and discussion. Sponsored by iUniverse and tends to be genre-oriented.

Lit.Org is a community site. For writers by writers. Your work gets seen and often commented on by writers giving you advice, praise and criticism. This open forum style lets you get your works out fast and get feedback instantly. Readers also get a good bit out of the site. They get the newest stories and poets from aspiring writers delivered quickly.

Peer to Peer Writing Workshop
Free memberships are available to anyone who wishes to join. Each registered membership includes an online portfolio, numerous creative writing tools, email services and the chance to meet and bond with fresh creative minds!

Powell's Books
98 books on writing fiction.

Rocky Mountain Fiction Workshop
Support for each member, published or unpublished. Education through critique groups, workshops, programs, & our annual Colorado Gold Writing Contest.

Virtual Conference on Historical Fiction
Fiction writing and essays on writing fiction by and for historians. Focus on historical fiction. Designed as a virtual conference,the site includes papers on the topic written by historians who are also fiction writers.

A Celebration of Women Writers
A collection of thousands of works written by women searchable by author, date, country, and ethnicity.

Women Writers E-Zine
E-zine for women writers. Includes scholarly articles, book reviews, fiction, links, author interviews, webliography, women's studies resources, chicken soup for my feminist soul.

World Wide Freelance
More oriented to the issue of freelance writing than fiction writing. But great information for a freelancer.
The Writers Studio welcomes beginning and advanced students to a unique workshop environment whose sole purpose is to help fiction writers and poets discover and nurture their own voices.

Welcome to Writing Corner, one of the best reader and writer resources around! We appeal to both readers and writers (and those of you in both categories) by providing a vast array of informative articles on the writing process, along with profiles of authors and links to author webpages. Our author websites provide both an affordable Web presence and a one-stop shop for fans and fellow writers.



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

Grammar and Style Notes
This site provides grammar rules and style guidelines to help you write more clearly. The sections are arranged alphabetically by topic or word and you have the option of downloading or printing the entire guide for your own use.

English Grammar Online
The fun way to learn English online.  This site explains and illustrates different elements of the parts of speech along with providing punctuation rules and vocabulary exercises.  You can also browse through a forum and post any grammar questions you may need answered.

St. Cloud's Literacy Education Online Grammar Guides
This site provides a comprehensive collection of materials to support writers, including resources on a variety of grammar issues.


Guides to Writing Processes

A+ Research and Writing for High School and College Students
An online textbook written by Kathryn L. Schwartz. It provides detailed discussion and links to other resources on writing research papers.

St. Cloud State University's Literacy Education Online
This writing center site provides a comprehensive list of materials to support writers. Their catalog includes resources on a variety of writing issues.


Guides to Writing Types of Documents

This writing center site provides the definitions, different types, uses for, how-to's, and examples of abstracts.

Document Types
The Mayfield Handbook of Technical & Scientific Writing provides a list of types of documents along with descriptions of the purpose and formatting of each.

Editorial Writing
The University Interscholastic League of Texas gives an example of an editorial along explanations of each section of the editorial along with changes that could be made.

Formal Letter Writing describes how to write a formal letter while also explaining abbreviations that are commonly used in letter writing.

How to Write an Obituary
Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home and Crematory provides a detailed account on how to write a respectful and descriptive obituary.

How to Write Memos
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University describes the purpose and layout of a memo and also tests one's ability to properly set up a memo.

Ten Tips on How to Write a Professional Email's ten tips for writing emails in a professional and effective manner.

Writing a Research Paper
This Purdue Online Writing Lab handout includes detailed information about how to write research papers including discussing research papers as a genre, choosing topics, and finding sources.


Help for Speakers of Other Languages

Edit English
Gives information and essay writing tips for the TOEFL exam and a monthly newsletter with grammar points, quizzes, TOEFL news and English resources.


Online Document Collections

An Online Library of Literature
Full text selected works of literature categorized by author.
Search for famous quotes, classic literature, writing guides, and works of nonfiction. In addition to being able to find email addresses this site also includes dictionary, encyclopedia, and thesaurus.

Cybrary of the Holocaust
" shares art, discussion, photos, poems, and facts to preserve powerful memories."

Etext Archives
This site contains "electronic texts of all kinds, from the sacred to the profane, from the political to the personal. Our mission is to provide electronic versions of texts without judging their content." E-zines, poetry, fiction, politics and religion.

Official Project Gutenberg Web Site
Collection of classic literature available as etexts.

The On-line Books Page
Site hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Library. "The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all."

The Universal Digital Library
This site, hosted by Carnegie Mellon University, hopes to "create the Universal Library with a free-to-read, searchable collection of one million books, primarily in the English language, available to everyone over the Internet."


Poetry Resources

Academy of American Poets
Features a searchable collection of poems and poet profiles, as well as a poetry "map" of the USA. Offers a Listening Booth where readers can hear poets read aloud.

Jack Lynch's Glossary of Literary and Rhetorical Terms
An excellent, very thorough glossary of literary and rhetorical terms, including historical periods.

Representative Poetry Online
Features an extensive sampling of poetry searchable by poet's name or time period, or poem's title, first line, or last line. Also includes a timeline of English poetry from 658-2003, a glossary of poetry terms, a hefty collection of verse and prose criticism, as well as links to the University of Toronto's Canadian poetry site.

Bedford/St. Martin's Virtualit poetry page features an in-depth discussion of the elements of poetry as well as a "Poems in Depth" section that looks at individual poems.

American Poems
This site offers biographies of and selected poems by 35 well-known American poets.

DayPoems: A Seven-Century Poetry Slam
An eclectic site featuring a searchable collection of contemporary and historical poetry. Submit poems to DayPoem Feedback for comments.

Electronic Poetry Center
Offers extensive links to other poetry sites, including sites for e-poetry, authors, magazines, books, and other literary sites.

Favorite Poem Project
The Favorite Poem Project is Former Poet Laureate Robert Pinksy's project to record Americans reciting their favorite poems. Poems and video clips are available for viewing.

New Pages Guide to Literary Magazines
Descriptions of and links to hundreds of literary magazines. Also features links to alternative media, independent bookstores, independent presses, and tons of reviews.

A searchable database of classical poetry.

Poetry Daily
Get a poem a day from this site. Poetry Daily features a huge anthology of contemporary poetry and constantly updated news of the poetry world.

A huge archive of poems and a searchable database of poets. Features links to rhyming dictionaries, poetry techniques, free contests, and other poetry resources.

Poetry Connection
Includes biographies of noteworthy poets as well as extensive samples of their work. Also includes a discussion forum and a poem-of-the-day feature.

Poets & Writers, Inc.
"Poets & Writers, Inc. is the primary source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers. Founded in 1970, it is the nation's largest nonprofit literary organization. Our national office is located in New York City. Our California branch office is based in Los Angeles. "

Sonnet Central
An archive of English sonnets, commentary, and related web links.

Teachers and Writers Collaborative
Features links and resources for teachers and writers. The WriteNet link connects to poets on poetry, fiction writers on fiction, and teachers on writing, all of which feature in-depth interviews.

The Poetry Society of America
Includes links to chapbook contests, literary magazines, and national poetry projects.


Résumés and Cover Letters

Job Searching at
Good general information for the job seeker, including sections on writing effective cover letters and resumes.

Job Star Central
"'How To' Information for Job Seekers Everywhere: Resumes, Career & Salary Info, Hidden Job Market." Good general resource.

Stanford University Career Development Center
Stanford's Career Development Center includes comprehensive guides to resume and cover letter writing. Requires Acrobat Adobe Reader to view, but worth it.



Merriam-Webster Online
The complete Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus online, free and searchable with definitions and audio pronunications. You can also read the Word of the Day, play Word Games, etc.

Freeality Internet Search Thesauruses
A site offering multiple ways to look up words, phrases, cliches, and quotations.

Roget's Thesaurus
One of the easier online thesauruses to use. The search feature allows you to type in a word and then lists related entries to your word. Also includes many other special features.




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