11 Rules of Writing
Concise guide to some of the most frequently violated rules of writing, punctuation, and grammar.
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.
APA Reference Style
Detailed assistance on APA formatting including many examples and exercises.
American Psychological Association rules for formatting papers, in-text citations, and end references. Examples based on the sixth edition of the Publication Manual from the APA.
Bartleby.com: Strunk's Element of Style (1918)
For use in English courses in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature. It aims to give in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style.
Special tool word-searches 3,300 cliches.
Thousands of cliches. Fully searchable and interactive. Formerly Steve's Cliche List. Since 1995.
Common Errors in English
Catalogue of writing or speaking mistakes and easily confusable words, with corrections.
Daily Writing Tips
Daily tips on grammar, punctuation, spelling and fiction writing.
Dr. Abel Scribe PhD - Research Style Guides
Free guides to APA, ASA, CBE, Chicago-Turabian, and MLA show how to document and format college research papers.
A guide to English grammar. Also links to punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, and writing guides.
An online tutorial for the parts of speech with style notes for the English Language.
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.
Guides for Better Science Writing
Bibliography of style manuals for scientific research, writing, and presentation. Guides for biology, medicine, chemistry, engineering, geology, and mathematics.
A cooperative effort to coin useable terms and then trick people into using them regularly as though they are real words.
A list of lesser-known features in English writing. Hendiadys, holonyms, and hypernyms.
MLA Style Center
Guidelines and examples for current MLA procedures. First page format, presenting quotations, and citing books, websites, and nonprint sources.
Modern Language Association
The MLA is the official guide to non-fiction writing. Includes a guide to MLA style.
Online Classes in Rhetoric, University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota offers a number of Internet correspondence courses in rhetoric. Sign up here.
Pataphysics, Pataphors and Pataphorology
An extended metaphor that creates its own context. A science invented by P.A. Lopez and derived from the science of 'pataphysics as described by Alfred Jarry.
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 Language Action Network
Promoting clearer communication between the public and government. This site has resources for writers to attain that goal.
The dictionary for words that wouldn't make it into dictionaries.
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and they provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue.
Collection of searchable similes. Useful for writers, editors, bloggers, and anyone looking to add some depth to their writing.
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.
The Book of Cliches
A compilation of common phrases, euphemisms, and rationales for times of trouble. Organized by occasion.
The Chicago Manual of Style Online
Provides recommendations on editorial style and publishing practices for the digital age.
The Economist Style Guide
Guide based on the style book given to all journalists at The Economist.
The Guardian - Style Guide
Guide to word usage, grammar and punctuation for The Guardian and Observer. UK.
The Philosophy of Punctuation
Paul Robinson's classic essay on periods, commas, semicolons, dashes.
The Sports Cliche List
A large, searchable collection of sports cliches, lingo, and jargon.
The Tongue Untied
Grammar, punctuation and style for journalists.
The Visual Thesaurus
An exploration of sense relationships within the English language. By clicking on words, you follow a thread of meaning, creating a spatial map of linguistic associations.
The Well Bred Sentence
Online book offering an intensive course in sentence construction and punctuation.
The Word Centre
Consulting firm dedicated to training businesses to use plain English. Free newsletter and professional editing services.
The Word Detective
The online version of the newspaper column answering readers' questions about words and language. An extensive column and word archive. Written by Evan Morris.
The Word Nerds
A weekly podcast about words, language, and why we say the things we do.
Tribe: Word Freaks
Group for people who love discussing words and writing style.
A veritable cornucopia of streetwise lingo, posted and defined by its readers.
Richard Lederer's page, with contact information and a handful of his language-loving articles.
Web Style Guide
A manual covering graphic and information design, page layout, graphics, site navigation, and multimedia content. By Patrick J. Lynch and Sarah Horton.
The elements of typographic style applied to the web.
An interactive column by The Atlantic's Barbara Wallraff. Discovers needs in our language and recommends new words to fill them.
A message board where you can request and brainstorm words, names, titles, coinages, puns, phrases, slogans and slang.
Efforts have been made to provide some of the best thoughts, ancient and modern, that are particularly appealing for our time and to promote a greater appreciation for the English language.
Word lists that provide thematic units of English words derived from Latin and Greek sources.
The word lover's web site by Paul McFedries.
Portal for word lovers. Learn about word meanings, slang, quotations, insults, and famous authors. Wordwizard offers a round trip across the English language.
Delve deeply into a word or subject. Quick search of several word and language related sites.
World Wide Words
Explores the history, evolution byways, quirks, and curiosities of the English language. New and recent words and phrases are often featured, as are books on aspects of English. A weekly newsletter is sent by e-mail and RSS.
A series of useful tools to enhance writers' and students' creativity, spark ideas and fight writer's block.
Interactive site created to help students improve English reading, writing and listening skills.