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Online References, Part 4: Style & Grammar

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
  4. Style & Grammar (this post)
  5. Word of the Day
  6. Fun With Words

Web Sites

APA Style
APA Style was first developed 80 years ago by a group of social scientists who wished to establish sound standards of communication. Since that time, it has been adopted by leaders in many fields and has been used by writers around the world.

The Chicago Manual of Style Online
Not free, but one of the de facto standards.

Common Errors in English Usage
Lots and lots of common errors.

Daily Grammar
Daily Grammar is a fun, convenient way to learn grammar.

The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr.
The book we all know and love, online.

Grammar Girl
One of the best resources for “quick and dirty” tips.
Some online information or you can buy the full book, The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation.

Guide to Grammar and Style by Jack Lynch
Lots of advice here.

Lifehack Guide to Grammar and Writing
A collection of links from the Capital Community College Foundation.

Modern English Grammar
Advice from the College of DuPage.

The Slot
A spot for copyeditors (but I think they’ll let writers in, too).

UT Austin Writer’s Style Guide
Some style tips from UT.


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