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Resources for writers and editors

Project Bartleby

Columbia University's Project Bartleby publishes classic works whose copyrights have expired:


Grammars, dictionaries, and other guides

  • Professor Darling's excellent online Guide to Grammar and Writing comes with quizzes and provides useful mini-courses on grammar and mechanics. Miss Grammar's cousin—the elderly, but vigorous, "Grammar"—resides there too.
  • Rutgers professor, Jack Lynch, publishes a handy Guide to Grammar and Style, based on his classes.
  • The List of Dictionaries provides links to many online dictionaries and word books, including dual-language works (English-German, for example) and non-English language books.
  • ROGET'S Thesaurus Search Form, an experimental program maintained by Mark Olsen at the University of Chicago, lets you "search the headwords or full text of Roget's Thesaurus."
  • Jeremy Smith's British-American Dictionary documents the truth of the adage that England and America are two nations separated by a common language. For another amusing illustration of this truth, see United Kingdom English for the American Novice, in which one learns that "American dinner" means potluck.


Style and usage

  • In case you missed this classic in school, here is George Orwell's 1946 essay on writing clearly: Politics and the English Language.
  • Jonathan Price of the Communication Circle offers Tips to tighten up your Web prose—and most other writing too.

English as a second language

  • Dave's ESL Cafe boasts over 2500 links in these categories: Grammar; Writing; E-mail; Listening; TOEFL; Pronunciation; Home pages; News; Vocabulary; Reading; Magazines; Games; Dictionaries; Poetry; Schools; Music.
  • The BBC's excellent site Learning English features sound, video, and interactivity to help foreign speakers of English:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/index.shtml


Writing links

  • Purdue University's Writing Resources and Writing Labs on the Net provides extensive information and numerous links.
  • http://www.plainlanguage.gov: "In 1995 a group of federal employees began meeting to try to spread the use of plain language. This group remains at the center of the movement in the United States. Now called PLAIN—the Plain Language Action and Information Network—we created this website to help others learn about and use plain language."
  • http://www.plainlanguagenetwork.org/: This "site provides free plain-language articles, writing tutorials, Web links, news, networking opportunities, and professional support."


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