Writing Help

Helpful Web Sites for Writers and Teachers of Writing

The best dictionary site, covering many languages:

Information on citing electronic information in APA, MLA, and Chicago format from Bedford/St. Martin's On-line Reference Guide to to Using Internet Sources: http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/online/citex.html

OSU Writing Center Online contains handouts on many writing problems and links to online writing resources:

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) contains:
  • Handouts on writing concerns, ESL, grammar, spelling, punctuation, research, resumes, and more
  • Downloadable Powerpoint Presentations on APA Format, MLA Format, Research and the Internet, the Writing Process, Organizing Writing, Conquering the Comma, Sentence Clarity and Combining, and more
  • Links to other online writing labs (OWLs) and internet resources

Voice of the Shuttle, by Alan Liu et al. at UC Santa Barbara, is a comprehensive website for humanities research: http://vos.ucsb.edu/

Creative Commons is a resource for licensing and sharing creative work: http://creativecommons.org/

Helpful grammar, usage, and style sites:

The Writer's Handbook, University of Wisconsin, with many student helps including an Editing Checklist explaining common errors and a Proofreading Handout:

Punctuation Made Simple, by Gary Olson.

Additional Resources on English Usage, Style & Composition

Helpful citation resources:

Zotero Citation Manager

Citation Machine

Reference Machine