Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Online References, Part 3: Quotations

There are a lot of online reference resources out there. In this short series, I'm going to highlight just some of them. Here are the primary types I'll take a look at:

  1. Dictionaries
  2. Thesauri
  3. Quotations (this post)
  4. Style & Grammar
  5. Word of the Day
  6. Fun With Words

Ancient Greek Quotes
Quotes from Ancient Greece.

Bartleby Dictionary of Quotations
From Ancient and Modern, English and Foreign Sources.

Bartleby Familiar Quotations
A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature.

BrainyQuote
Nicely indexed site for quotes.

Dictionary.com Quotes
Organized by subject and author.

FamousQuotes.com
A one quote per page sort of deal.

Goodreads Popular Quotes
Popular quotes based on member input.

LitQuotes
Quotes from literature.

The Quotations Page
Name kind of says it all.

QuotesDaddy.com
Kinda like a Sugar Daddy, except this is a Quotes Daddy.

Quotes from the Middle Ages
A list of sources for medieval quotations.

SearchQuotes.com
A scrolling list of quotes right in the middle of the page. Not a good design at all.

YourDictionary Quotes
These are YOUR quotations, my friends.

Online References, Part 2: Thesauri

There are a lot of online reference resources out there. In this short series, I'm going to highlight just some of them. Here are the primary types I'll take a look at:

  1. Dictionaries
  2. Thesauri (this post)
  3. Quotations
  4. Style & Grammar
  5. Word of the Day
  6. Fun With Words

Big Huge Thesaurus
Hey, they can call it whatever they want.

The Cook's Thesaurus
Yeah, you're seeing that right. The Cook's Thesaurus is a cooking encyclopedia that covers thousands of ingredients and kitchen tools.

Merriam-Webster
You have to click on the 'Thesaurus' tab. I don't care for the extra step.

The Synonym Finder
The Synonym Finder reads like a dictionary, except instead of word definitions it's chock full of synonyms.

Thesaurus.net
The thesaurus for thesaurus enthusiasts. Quickly becoming my new standard 'go to' synonym and antonym resource.

Thesaurus.com
A standard resource for many. Affiliated with Dictionary.com.

Urban Thesaurus
Because an Urban Dictionary just isn't enough.

Visual Thesaurus
Makes finding synonyms fun!

Your Dictionary Thesaurus
It's the Your Dictionary… Thesaurus. Think of it as Your Thesaurus and everything will be ok.

Online References, Part 1: Dictionaries

There are a lot of online reference resources out there. In this short series, I'm going to highlight just some of them. Here are the primary types I'll take a look at:

  1. Dictionaries (this post)
  2. Thesauri
  3. Quotations
  4. Style & Grammar
  5. Word of the Day
  6. Fun With Words

The American Heritage Dictionary
Online but also available as an iOS or Android app.

Cambridge Dictionaries
Cambridge University Press publishes a range of dictionaries for learners of English all around the world.

Dictionary.com
The world's largest free online dictionary with definitions, spell check, word origins, example sentences, pronunciations, and a Word of the Day service.

Google
Type "define < your word goes here>" in any Google search box and Google will bring up the definition as the first search result.

Merriam-Webster.com
For more than 150 years, Merriam-Webster has been America's leading and most-trusted provider of language information. (Note from Scott: Or so says their About page)

OneLook.com
Pulls in definitions from multiple sources.

UrbanDictionary.com
Slang definitions. I guess some people out there actually use these words in sentences.

Wordnik.com
Beautifully done definition pages. Where my Word of the Day posts originate.

YourDictionary.com
It's YOUR dictionary, not mine.

Wordnik's Word of the Day

For the longest time I was receiving daily Word of the Day emails from Dictionary.com. Then they stopped. It's one of those things—I was getting it for so long, usually casually glancing at the word then deleting the email, that I never really did anything when the emails started not arriving. I figured a system glitch or something.

I finally got around to looking into what's up and discovered that while my email address was still subscribed, I still wasn't getting the emails. Nothing in the spam folder, either. I tried re-subscribing, but it said I was already subscribed. OK. Unsubscribe. Subscribe again. Wait for confirmation email. Nada. OK, I'm done.

Finding another Word of the Day service was as easy as a Google search.

Wordnik, whose API I had once looked at for an unrelated project, caught my eye immediately. Their Word of the Day service requires you to sign up for an account. I did. Now, I'm once again receiving Word of the Day emails on a (surprise) daily basis.

I like the look of Wordnik's WotD page. Here's today's:

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The word is big and hard to miss. Definitions are clear. The "Notes" section gives you a little bit of additional information about the word; basically stuff that falls outside of the definition itself. There are examples that use the word so you can see it in action and, in this case, a user contributed sound bite of the word's pronunciation.

If you're into this sort of thing, I recommend Wordnik's Word of the Day service. I'm also going to start using Wordnik as the definition source for my Interesting Words posts.

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Manuscript Formatting

This is a reference post providing some links to resources that discuss manuscript formatting with a few notes of my own at the end. I'll update as needed.

If you have any resources of your own, feel free to post a comment below. I'd love to make this a more comprehensive resource.

Here are the links:

And some notes:

  • Robert J. Sawyer and Holly Lisle both recommend using 12 point Dark Courier as the manuscript font.

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