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Guide to Grammar and Writing This award-winning guide covers issues from the use of a, an, and the through the complexities of the argumentative essay. There are over 170 computer-graded quizzes to test your knowledge, and a place to submit questions about grammar and writing.

Sentence Sense Based on a published textbook by Capital Professor Evelyn Farbman, Sentence Sense is a complete online program in basic writing skills. It contains over 200 interactive exercises, pre-tests, practice and review sessions, and mastery tests.

Capital's ESL Program, with dozens of links to outside-the-college resources for ESL students and instructors.

Online Resources for Writers Maintained by the Librarians at Capital.

MLA Paper A sample paper to help students organize their research and properly document their sources, based on MLA style of citing resources. There is also a sample paper based on APA-style.

Capital's Guide to Proofreading Symbols and Abbreviations An aid for students wondering what those squiggly marks are all over their papers and for instructors wondering what marks they should use.

Some Suggestions for Writing Papers about Literature Recommendations that the English faculty at Capital has agreed upon for students writing about literature. Another excellent web-page, called Critical Readng: A Guide comes from from Professor John Lye at Brock University. A Glossary of Literary Terms and A Handbook of Rhetorical Devices, from Professor Robert Harris of Southern California College, should also prove useful.

Online Literary Criticism Collection, The Internet Public Library's Online Literary Criticism Collection contains over 2500 critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period.

Online Dictionaries, Thesauri, Encyclopedias, etc.

The Internet Grammar of English explains the functions and relations of word classes in English sentences, in order to teach readers the principles and rules governing grammatical structure.

New York Times Book Review

The New York Review of Books This estimable chronicle has gone online with a weekly selection from its print offerings.

Cambridge History of English and American Literature: An Encyclopedia in Eighteen Volumes, the largest public reference work of literary criticism and history on the Internet. Originally published in 1907-1921.

Online Literary Criticism Collection Visitors may browse the site by author, title, or nationality and literary period.

American Academy of Poets

Poetry Daily A new poem every day. High quality work from poetry journals.

The Poetry Archives, home of the world's greatest poems.

The Poets' Corner one of the largest, oldest, and most user-friendly public library of poetic works ever assembled

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts from the North California State University, this easy to use directory specializes in American literature, English literature, and philosophy.

Voice of the Shuttle Home Page The most inclusive page we've found for general Humanities listings, especially for literature.

The Literary Traveler Each season The Literary Traveler seeks out a new destination to explore great works of literature and the writers behind them. There are currently articles about Flannery O'Connor, Robert Frost, Thoreau, Nella Larsen, Thomas Wolfe, and Kate Chopin -- and more on the way.

American Rhetoric: Top 100 Speeches Users will find a timeline of significant 20th-century events interspersed with the texts of over 90 speeches, some of which also offer background and audio or video clips.

The Great Books Home Page from Malaspina University College in Canada.

BookWire contains links to Boston Book Review, The Hungry Mind Review, top-sellers lists, among other things.

Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color A developing resource on minority women writers, from the University of Minnesota. Plenty of opportunities for viewers to become involved in the creation of this web-site.

Kate Chopin: A Re-Awakening, a companion to a new PBS program on the life and work of nineteenth-century Louisiana author Kate Chopin.

eChaucer Created and maintained by Gerard NeCastro, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maine at Machias

Early Modern Literary Studies, electronic journal for 16th- and 17th-century research.

New Approaches to Renaissance Studies, an online course with Professor Rebecca Bushnell from University of Pennsylvania

Shakespeare Home Page A living web-home for the Bard. See, also, The Illustrated Shakespeare, Harry Rusche's collection of 19th-century illustrations of the plays (from Emory University). (To the right, see Eugène Delacroix's rendering of Hamlet seeing his father's ghost.)

Eighteenth-Century Resources maintained by Jack Lynch, now of Rutgers University.

Dictionary of Sensibility, offers a list of terms (currently 24) pertaining to sensibility, each of which links to an introduction and a collection of annotated relevant excerpts. Source and critical bibliographies are also provided.

Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net A selective bibliography of romantic poetry and prose, maintained by Professor Nicholas Halmi at Stanford University.

British Women Romantic Poets, 1789-1832 This University of California-Davis site is a haven for scholars, students, and fans of the Romantic period.

English, Scottish, and Irish Literature 1800 –1899 Broken down by author, lists of hyperlinks to scholarly resources.

The William Blake Archive, a work in progress, from University of Virginia. Web technology at its best! See, also, Blake Digital Text Project, from Nelson Hilton, Professor of English at the University of Georgia-Athens

David Perdue's Charles Dickens Page This site does not attempt to provide every detail in its treatment of Dickens, but its broad scope offers a very nice introduction to the life and works of this important English author.

The Life and Works of Herman Melville, full-texts, articles, biographical backgrounds -- a very thorough web-site.

Walt Whitman's Notebooks, a marvelous page, from the Library of Congress.

The Victorian Web a treasure trove.

Robert Frost: Works through 1920 Is this not America's favorite poet? There are some recordings of poems here, too. From Columbia University's Bartleby Project.

Mark Twain at Large: His Travels Here and Abroad, from University of California, Berkeley.

Exploring Eliot's Waste Land The frames of this website take you through the development, allusions and complexities of what is probably the twentieth century's most important poem.

Wallace Stevens Home-Page Since Wallace Stevens lived nearby and used to walk past our college and compose poems in his head on his way to work, it's only appropriate that we include a link to Al Filreis's fine home-page for this American poet.

Into the Wardrobe: The C.S. Lewis Web Page, with personal anecdotes, photo album, good biographies, etc.

William Faulkner, part of the Mississippi Writers page.

Literature of the Holocaust Another page from Al Filreis at UPenn. Includes work of Anne Frank.

Children's Literature Web Guide Fascinating links to all kinds of texts and material on books for children.

The Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar, maintained by the Black Alumni Chronicle of the University of Dayton, this site celebrates the work of Paul Laurence Dunbar, the first African-American to gain national eminence as a poet.

Jack London Collection Texts, documents, images -- a great use of the World Wide Web, from Berkeley.


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