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Resources for Writers

The links here lead to Web sites that can be quite useful to writers. Just as we would have a thesaurus, a dictionary, and other texts if you walked into the Writing Room, we have those and more available online. If you know of sites that you think others would find helpful as online writing resources, please let us know.



    Visuwords offers a visual dictionary and thesaurus with an interactive lexicon.

    Merriam-Webster Online Collegiate Dictionary/Thesaurus Need to look up a word? The Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus is very easy to use. To look up a word, simply type it in a search box and click on SEARCH or press ENTER.

    Your More than a dictionary, offers a thesaurus, a bank of quotes, and games to help with grammar.


    Online Handbooks:

    Bedford Handbook Online Used by millions of students nationwide, Diana Hacker's handbooks are popular because they work as references for students to consult on their own. To visit the companion site for a specific title, click on one of the books above.

    Rules for Writers Make the most of your studies. Explore a collection of resources that includes a research guide, a citation guide, and interactive exercises correlated to the book's table of contents.


    Getting Started:

    Guides to Writing Processes The Writers' Center at Colorado State University is an ongoing project of the Departments of English, Journalism and Technical Communication, and Speech Communication, and the Colorado State University Center for Research on Writing and Communication Technologies.

    Writer's Web Helpful hints for the writer who needs help getting started.

    Basic Guide to Essay Writing An essay can have many purposes, but the basic structure is the same no matter what. You may be writing an essay to argue for a particular point of view or to explain the steps necessary to complete a task.

    Texas A&M University Writing Center Online Handouts Below are some questions to help you begin analyzing a journal article or essay. Your analysis should NOT contain comments on every question below. Instead, select a few questions as the basis of the ideas which will lead to a detailed and interesting analysis of an article or essay.


    Revision Strategies:

    Punctuation Made Simple  Before discussing specific punctuation marks, we want you to know one important fact: punctuation is simple. Many people believe that punctuation rules are rigid commandments and that only the “experts” know all the rules. You may be surprised to learn, however, that it is not the “experts” but rather educated speakers and writers, such as yourself, who have established the practices that have come to be known as the “rules of punctuation.

    Guide to Grammar/Writing A very specific and easy to follow grammar guide. Maintained by Professor of English Charles Darling for English courses at Capital Community College and for the general online public.

    The Elements of Style Asserting that one must first know the rules to break them, this classic reference website is a must-have for any student and conscientious writer.


    Research and Documentation: Great site for the writer searching for topics.

    Research and Writing There's a ton of information available online about writing papers for college classes, mostly provided by college and university writing departments. But when your political science or biology or economics instructor assigns you a research paper, writing the paper is only half the battle. Literature Search This site acts as a search engine for literary genres, authors and literary discussion.

    MLA Documentation

    You can reference a handbook like Rules For Writers for MLA information by visiting the MLA section of the Online Research and Documentation guide, 5th edition.

    APA Documentation

    To see examples and guidelines, visit Leslie University Libraries.

    You can also reference a handbook like Rules For Writers for APA information by visiting the APA section of the Online Research and Documentation guide, 5th edition.

    Chicago or Turabian Documentation

    Turabian or Chicago Manual covers both print and electronic sources and includes examples of endnotes/footnotes and the bibliography formats. Another useful resource is a handbook like Rules For Writers. Check out the Chicago Manual section​ of the Online Research and Documentation guide, 5th edition.

    ASA Documentation and Style Guides

    The Coates Library at Trinity University

    The Department of Sociology at Acadia University


    Creative Writing:

    Writer's Digest Learn a few tricks of the fiction writing trade from published authors, noted writing instructors and editors on exactly what it takes to write a best seller—or at least a short story you wouldn't be ashamed to show your family.

    Poets and Writers Magazine Online Poets & Writers, Inc. assists authors in their search for career-related information, outlets for their work, opportunities for professional advancement, and community with other writers.

    Writer's Net Writers.NetSM is a World Wide Web site that helps build relationships between writers, publishers, editors, and literary agents.

    Writer's Writer's Market has been the freelance writer's "bible" since 1921, providing complete market contact information, query letter clinics, pay rates, submission guidelines, and more. And now it's available online.​​​​​​​​​​

Summer 2022

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Advising for summer courses is open. New and current students are eligible for a $500 summer scholarship if enrolled in 9 or more summer credits. 

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