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Grammar Resources


Online Books and References
Bartleby.com
http://www.bartleby.com
Home of a number of classic grammar, writing and style books.

Bartlett's Quotations
http://www.bartleby.com/100/

Chicago Manual of Style
http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html

Elements of Style
http://www.bartleby.com/141/index.html

The King's English
http://www.bartleby.com/116/

Grammar Sites
Daily Grammar
http://www.dailygrammar.com
Sign up for an e-mailed grammar lesson for five days of the week, with a quiz the sixth.

Edit Central
http://www.editcentral.com/gwt1/EditCentral.html
Discover the "reading ease" level of your prose based on several readability indices on this interesting site.

English Practice
http://www.englishpractice.com
A good selection of short "lessons" on various grammatical topics (e.g., why adjectives are usede in a particular order).

Essay Writing Resources
http://www.accredited-online-college-degrees.com/essay.html
Though aimed primarily at students, this site has a wealth of information on how to research, organize and write essays and various types of papers.

Common Errors in English Usage
http://wmjasco.blogspot.com/search/label/Common%20Errors%20in%20English%20Usage
An ongoing list of common errors in word choice, spelling, usage, etc.

Garbl's Writing Center
http://garbl.home.comcast.net/~garbl/center/

Grammar and Style Notes
http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing/
An English professor's "miscellany of grammatical rules and explanations, comments on style, and suggestions on usage."

Grammar and Usage for the Non-Expert
http://grammartips.homestead.com/articleindex.html

Guide to Grammar and Writing
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/
Basic grammar tips, hotline, interactive quizzes, quotes, links, FAQ, more.

Interesting Things for ESL Students
http://www.manythings.org
The grammar and word-games pages may be of interest to any writer.

Linguistic Fun Page
http://www.ojohaven.com/fun/
Links to amusing and helpful references on grammatical use and misuse, such as misquoted quotes, funny translation errors, "The Book of Cliches," and more.

MLA Style Guide
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/
This site explains how to format works according to the standard, generally accepted MLA style, including how to cite references both within the text and in one's bibliography. Worth a look as citation rules have changed in the Internet age.

On Line English Grammar
http://www.edufind.com/english/grammar/index.php
Tips, exercises, a "grammar clinic," and practice pages.

Online Guide to Writing and Research
http://www.umuc.edu/writingcenter/onlineguide/index.cfm
An online book about how to write effectively; aimed primarily toward academic writing.

Rules for Using a Comma
http://www.writingenglish.com/comma.htm
If you're wondering whether to put that, comma, in or leave it, out, check out this page!

Pain in the English
http://painintheenglish.com
This is an interesting and entertaining site that offers not only basic grammar advice, but discussions on why certain words and phrases are used, and a host of other topics. It covers word coinage, word history, expressions, grammar, punctuation and mechanics, style, usage, and an intriguing section on "opinions." Information and opinions are contributed by a number of participants, which offers a variety of viewpoints; one can pose questions on these various topics to the "group."

The Self-Editing Blog, by John Marlow
http://selfeditingblog.com/
One of the clearest and most readable selections of editing, grammar and usage tips that I've come across in a long time. It has some great articles on "using the wrong word" that I wish some of my favorite authors (or at least their copyeditors) had read.

The Tongue Untied
http://www.grammaruntied.com/blog/
Grammar and punctuation can be dull subjects -- so I'm always delighted to find a site or blog that makes them fun and interesting. This blog combines serious how-to (or rather, how-to-avoid-mistakes) pieces with entertaining essays, poems and more.

University of Kansas Writing Guide
http://www.writing.ku.edu/~writing/guides/
Links to a variety of writing resources, with an emphasis on scholarly/academic writing.

UVic Writer's Guide
http://web.uvic.ca/wguide/
Designed primarily to assist in writing essays and papers, this site contains many useful tips on style, presentation, organization, and similar topics.

Vocabula Review
http://www.vocabula.com
Online journal about the state of the English language, including grammar tips.
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Recommended Reading


The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: The Ultimate Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed


Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation


The Elephants of Style: A Trunkload of Tips on the Big Issues and Gray Areas of Contemporary American English

It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences: A Writer's Guide to Crafting Killer Sentences

The New Well-Tempered Sentence: A Punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed

On Writing Well

Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose

Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English

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