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Links to Helpful Resources

We hope you find this list of writing resources websites useful and interesting. They are guides to help you navigate the nebulous field of grammar and the imprecise language that is English.

There’s a new dictionary in town.

Test your vocabulary skills and track your progress; look up the meaning of those tough words and see examples of how to use them in a sentence; and read articles in the magazine about words on a new online dictionary. (You probably should bookmark this one.) Be careful though, it could become addictive!

Classic Reference Sites

A sampling of new words from Webster’s 11th Edition

Welcome to The Chicago Manual of Style Online—the indispensable online reference for all who work with words

Improving Your Writing

Learn to make your writing focused and informative, so your audience can read and understand the information and you can get the response you want from your readers.
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Tip of the Month Archives

“Helping you do things better”

Writing resources and instructional material

Resources in English as a second language

Fifty best blogs for grammar geeks

How to use a semicolon: A quick primer

Why you need to proofread

Before-and-after examples of effective, productive e-mail at

All About Words

A fun site for those who love words, sponsored by Oxford Dictionaries

H. L. Mencken’s 1919 book about changes Americans had made to the English Language

Do you speak American? Discourse on the decline of grammar

Please send us any interesting site you know of or run into that you would like to share.

Contact Donna M. Marks or call the Editorial Help Desk at 240-740-2971.