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Internet Resources for Writers

Guide to Grammar and Writing
Contains definitions, suggestions, over 170 computer-graded quizzes, and a way to submit queries regarding grammar and usage. An award-winning Website from Capital Community College in Hartford
Guide to Writing Research Papers
Prepared by the Humanities Department at Capital Community College. Suggestions on research techniques and patterns of documentation based on the style recommended by the Modern Language Association. There is also an online research guide based on documentation patterns approved by the American Psychological Association.
Recommendations for Writing Papers about Literature
Another handy and authoritative guide from Capital Community College in Hartford.
Online Dictionaries, Thesauri, Encyclopedias
from the Capital Library
Writer's Web
This site is maintained by the Writing Center at the University of Richmond. The material here on getting started with writing projects and on peer editing is especially helpful. Visit, also, the material in "Focusing & Connecting Ideas."
Lists of Grammar Lists
This site provides lists of grammar items for use by ESL/EFL teachers. These lists have been prepared by ESL/EFL teachers to share with colleagues. The title of the Website doesn't begin to do justice to what you can discover here.
Traditional Grammar: An Interactive Book
Don Hardy, Professor of English at Northern Illinois University, provides this excellent, thorough, and easy to use guide to traditional grammar.
Modern English Grammar
Daniel Kies, Department of English, College of DuPage, maintains this complete and easy-to-navigate textbook.
Nuts and Bolts of College Writing
From Michael Harvey at Washington College, a thorough, readable, and engaging online textbook.
The Purdue University
On-Line Writing Lab (OWL)

Contains on-line exercises and links to other resources for writing assistance. One of the best academic sites for writing help.
Best English Links on the Web
part of "Languages on the Web," based in Italy, and especially useful for ESL students and teachers.
Proofreading Symbols and Abbreviations
based on the MLA Handbook.
The Writers' Workshop
From University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Several excellent handouts and other useful features make this one of the best of the university-based online writing centers.
JAC: The Journal of Advanced Composition
From the University of South Florida. Past articles are archived and available online (somewhat tardily); current articles are not.
Vocabula Review
Published on the third Tuesday of each month by Robert Hartwell Fiske, editor and author of The Dictionary of Concise Writing and The Dimwit's Dictionary.
Salt Lake Community College
Goes way beyond grammar handouts to MOOs and other interactive uses of the computer. Essays for teachers of writing, also.
Colgate University Writing Center
Some good handouts and advice, taking students from beginning to ending of the writing process.
Paradigm: Online Writing Assistant
A superb, nicely organized, and extremely helpful guide for Composition. By Chuck Guilford, an English Professor at Boise State University
Grammar and Style Guide
Put together by Professor Jack Lynch of Rutgers University. Lots of good advice, easy to use (alphabetical listing, hyperlinked), extremely useful.
Elements of Style
A hyperlinked version of the venerable style guide written by William Strunk (not the E.B. White-edited version). Maintained by the Bartleby Project at Columbia University.
University of Victoria (Canada)
Writer's Guide

A fully hyperlinked textbook for Composition! Includes sample essays of several types.
Allan K. Smith Writing Center
at Trinity College

Includes some hand-outs, resources for teachers as well as students
Using the resources of the Internet for English Composition
Online Technical Writing
A completely online textbook prepared by David A. McMurrey, at Austin Community College (ACC) in Austin, Texas
Rensselaer Writing Center
This online document is especially useful for students in technical writing courses.
An Online English Grammar
From Edunet International, by Anthony Hughes.
Frequently Asked Questions
about English Usage

From the newsgroup alt.English.usage—searchable and thorough
The Dakota State University Online Writing Lab
The Dakota State University Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides writing assistance to students and faculty on the DSU campus and to students in remote locations.
ESL Home Page
Resources for students and teachers of English as a Second Language.
Writing the Argumentative Essay
An extremely thorough resource, from Bill Daly at the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.
Silva Rhetoricae: The Forest of Rhetoric
Dr. Gideon Burton of Brigham Young University's English Department has created this guide to "the terms of classical and renaissance rhetoric."
The Writing Center at Colorate State
The Colorado State University Online Writing Center maintains this site. It covers matters like documentation, consideration of audience, writing and preparing for a speech, etc.
Analytical Writing for Science and Technology
Dr. Tom Georges of the NOAA Environmental Technology Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, has put together an extensive course in technical writing. Most of the text material is available online. Extensive yet easy to use and filled with great advice for all writers.

Date of most recent revision: 4 January 2002

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