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
Sentence Sense: A Writer's Guide
Written by Evelyn Farbman of Capital Community College and prepared for use on the Internet by Charles Darling. This online textbook in basic writing offers students three approaches to becoming more confident writers. Part One examines how sentences work, giving students a structural understanding of the language they use every day. Part Two focuses on errors that commonly appear in written English. Part Three suggests techniques and topics for developing ideas in writing. Sentence Sense contains nearly 200 interactive applications.
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
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.
Advice on Academic Writing
Administered by Dr. Margaret Proctor, Coordinator of Writing Support at the University of Toronto, this page has many useful and well written handouts for academic writers.
Elements of Style
By William Strunk, Jr. This venerable book (some have called it overbearing) has been around for generations. The section on omitting needless words should be read by everyone. This online version does not contain the prefatory piece by E.B. White.
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.
Grammar, Punctuation, and Capitalization:
A Handbook for Technical Writers and Editors
A no-nonsense (and very thorough) guide maintained for NASA by Mary K. McCaskill of the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.
The American Heritage Book of English Usage: A Practical and Authoritative Guide to Contemporary English (1996)
A detailed look at grammar, style, diction, word formation, gender, social groups and scientific forms, this valuable reference work is ideal for students, writers, academicians and anybody concerned about proper writing style.
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.
Language Skills for Journalists
From R. Thomas Berner at Penn State Universityfrom grammar questions to issues of getting one's point across in newspaper writing.
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.
The Electronic Journal for Computer Writing, Rhetoric and Literature
from the University of Texas, Austin (with much of the writing done by practitioners of computer-based lit studies at Texas)
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.
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.
The Electric Eclectic
An extensive, alphabetized, searchable index of resources for writers and researchers on the Web. Maintained by Jim Eccleston.
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
From the University of Missouri, a cyberjournal on rhetoric and writing.
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.
Writing for Business and Pleasure
Go the "contents" section for a series of fine, cogent articles on good writing. The author, Stephen Wilbers, is a newspaper writer on business communications and an instructor in the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management and the Institute of Technology.
Writing Center at Claremont Graduate University
The "for students" section of this online guide is particularly useful for graduate-level students. There is material here on preparing conference papers, grant proposals, even theses and dissertations.
An Online English Grammar
From Edunet International, by Anthony Hughes.
Frequently Asked Questions about English Usage
From the newsgroup alt.English.usagesearchable and thorough
Handouts from Bowling Green State University
An extensive list of handy prescriptions. (One of the last of the Gopher menus!)
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.
For anyone who thinks he or she "could write something that good."
Format for Television Comedy Writers
Before you send something off to Cosby.
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 Colorado 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.
Online Course in 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.