Style guides are used by writers to keep up with changes to the language. Also for improving their own use of the language (words, phrases and grammar) in their writing. Often newspapers put out a style guide for their writers and editors.
Research, writing, and style guides by I. Lee.
The website for the mailing list A.Word.A.Day (AWAD), which sends a vocabulary word and its definition to the subscribers every day.
A large collection of adjectives listed by their starting letter.
Detailed assistance on APA formatting including many examples and exercises. By David S. Baker and Lynn Henrichsen.
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.
Kenneth G. Wilson's handbook includes descriptive and prescriptive examples with hyperlinked cross-references.
An in-depth look at the words we use from CBC News. By Blair Shewchuk.
A non profit organization promoting plain language and helping government agencies and businesses write clearly.
List of 2000 English cliches with some statistical and literary notes on their use. By Dan Scorpio.
Special tool word-searches 3,300 cliches.
Clichés, sayings or phrases listed with definitions and explanations. Clichés are organized by subject and alphabetically and you can use the search function.
Thousands of cliches. Fully searchable and interactive. Formerly Steve's Cliche List. Since 1995.
Free guides to APA, ASA, CBE, Chicago-Turabian, and MLA show how to document and format college research papers.
Tests of usage, built interactively.
Free English speaking tips and daily lessons for beginners.
An online tutorial for the parts of speech with style notes for the English Language.
To explore different translation-related techniques and resources, disseminate helpful information, and provide useful tips and insights to those who work with words.
A list of words and phrases to purge from your writing.
Provides advice on abbreviations, capitalization, grammar, numbers, plurals, possessives, punctuation, spelling and word usage.
From alliteration to zeugma, and everything in between, all the figures of speech are here.
Bibliography of style manuals for scientific research, writing, and presentation. Guides for biology, medicine, chemistry, engineering, geology, and mathematics.
Forms of formal address to use on correspondence directed to officials in government, armed services, clergy, diplomacy. Forms for current as well as former officials.
A simple website offering the correct spellings of commonly misspelled words.
Step-by-step directions to writing an explication.
An interactive dictionary to define every word and every situation by its authors.
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.
Literary terms and techniques.
A free online resource to improve your writing skills. Learn how to write, how to use words, how to write sentences, and how to communicate effectively.
Guidelines and examples for current MLA procedures. First page format, presenting quotations, and citing books, websites, and nonprint sources.
The MLA is the official guide to non-fiction writing. Includes a guide to MLA style.
A guide for legal writing in plain English.
The University of Minnesota offers a number of Internet correspondence courses in rhetoric. Sign up here.
From the editors of Papercheck, agreed upon standards in this style guide.
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.
An independent group fighting for plain English in public communication. We oppose gobbledygook, jargon and legalese.
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.
Listed by most recently added words in the database.
Collection of searchable similes. Useful for writers, editors, bloggers, and anyone looking to add some depth to their writing.
Writing about American slang.
Contains articles on grammar, usage, word origins, and other subjects of interest to language lovers.
Articles on speaking and writing, spelling quiz questions, grammar questions and writing and speaking rules.
Writing about and classifying words and language.
A compilation of common phrases, euphemisms, and rationales for times of trouble. Organized by occasion.
Will convert US English spelling to UK English. Alerts when it finds words which can be spelt two ways.
Provides recommendations on editorial style and publishing practices for the digital age.
Guide based on the style book given to all journalists at The Economist.
Guide to word usage, grammar and punctuation for The Guardian and Observer. UK.
Paul Robinson's classic essay on periods, commas, semicolons, dashes.
A brief guide to correct English punctuation.
A large, searchable collection of sports cliches, lingo, and jargon.
Grammar, punctuation and style for journalists.
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.
Online book offering an intensive course in sentence construction and punctuation.
Consulting firm dedicated to training businesses to use plain English. Free newsletter and professional editing services.
The online version of the newspaper column answering readers' questions about words and language. An extensive column and word archive. Written by Evan Morris.
A weekly podcast about words, language, and why we say the things we do.
A veritable cornucopia of streetwise lingo, posted and defined by its readers.
A comprehensive list of the most common misspellings for US cities.
A site by Lee Barnathan that informs which word is the proper choice in any given situation.
Richard Lederer's page, with contact information and a handful of his language-loving articles.
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.
Words, literature and a word of the day.
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.
Delve deeply into a word or subject. Quick search of several word and language related sites.
Portal for word lovers. Learn about word meanings, slang, quotations, insults, and famous authors. Wordwizard offers a round trip across the English language.
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.
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