The Internet teems with useful information (and some flimflamery). Explore topics
like "writing style," "grammar," and "English usage," but take what you find with
a grain of salt. In the meantime, here are some reliable sites you may find useful.
Each of them can draw you further on to an endless series of other sites. Take a
A Complete Grammar Course
The essence of Daniel Kies' English grammar course from the College of Dupage in
Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Anyone could profit from this efficient look at English grammar
in a nutshell.
Look up definitions or synonyms online. No pages to flip! A great collection of
links! Crossword puzzle fans: enter a word with wildcard asterisks. For example
or****rd gets you orchard! Based on Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh
OnLine Etymological Dictionary
Etymonline! Great browser's dictionary of etymologies and abstruse word connections.
Take a lunch and dinner!
A Directory of Grammar Hotlines
Could be to exactly what you need, but if you contact a hotline, try to gauge the
expertise of the person you're talking to. Like anything else free, the quality
of the advice you get will vary.
Paradigm: Online Writing Assistant
Solid advice on almost any writing problem from Chuck Guilford of Boise State University.
Perhaps the easiest on-line guide to navigate.
Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)
One of the best on-line writing labs in the country. Over 130 handouts on various
writing topics, links, and on-line help. Over half a million requests processed
Modern Language Association Style Guide
Includes directions and model entries for citing all manner of research, including
on-line and electronic sources.
Detailed help with APA documentation.
Offers to count syllables and calculate ratios for you, but double-check. I've found
it seriously inaccurate at times.
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