3rd edition open access
Documentation, Plagiarism, Grammar, and Writing Resources
note: these are designed for my English Writing
and Literature students but are available to other users: however, I recommend you check
with your instructor on style and documentation matters
Documentation-first use your assigned course text
and if you wish use The Simon and
Schuster Handbook for Writers
third edition, on the left, which has open access to exercises,
diagnostics, and blue pencil-editing exercises. I recommend you
MLA Formatting-from Purdue, based on the 6th edition
A quick and easy way to cite sources correctly-or at
least start. Use your Handbook for help. Begin by
clicking on the left to pick your citation format.
Online guide to MLA from Cornell University Library
Printable PDF guides are
located for MLA, APA and Turabin and Chicago
Styles from the Library of University of California at Berkeley.
Mark McDayter's site with a
sample MLA paper -all 10 pages, and style notes, designed for
Good all around
Diana Hacker, aided by Barbara Fisher, has a first rate and up
to date site. The information on this site is also available in a
print booklet, Research and Documentation in
the Electronic Age, Fourth Edition. Her organization by
disciplines, Humanities, Social Sciences, History and Sciences, is
easy to follow; each section gives advice on finding source
material, samples and instructions on documenting those sources, and
especially for Anthropology
Anthropological Association 14 page pdf guide or
Bibliographic Style for Anthropology Papers
especially for Psychology
APA Style.org for
Guide to APA Style
What is Plagiarism?
Grammar and Writing Matters
The best set of
Interactive Quizzes on Grammar and Style I have found are at
Guide to Grammar
and Writing sponsored by the
Community College Foundation Hartford
The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation
has solid explanations and examples accompanied by numerous quizzes.
Choose the click at the prompt on the top right "Would you like to
do this quiz in the interactive, multiple-choice format?
Click here " for
has an annoying initial screen with a chomping cartoon dinosaur, but
is quick and easy to use for information, rules, quizzes.
in English from Paul Brians at Washington State University.
11 Rules of Writing, Grammar and Punctuation give tips on the 11
most common issues students face in academic writing.
Errors in English, by Paul Brians, has
a helpful, alphabetical
list of errors.
Parse a sentence for fun and help. This site will
the sentence you type in. Follow the instructions carefully.
This is part of
Link Grammar, a site created by Davy Temperley, Daniel Sleator,
and John Lafferty at Carnegie Mellon University, school of computer
science; the site includes a translator (English German), and links
to why your sentence might not parse.
Simple by Gary Olsen at the University of Illinois featuring the
colon, semicolon, comma, dash, and apostrophe.
is a meta site that organizes links to online exercises and writing
topics. It has parts of speech, sentence grammar, and English as an
Additional Language exercises.
of Exercises from the Internet Grammar of English, developed to
support an online course on grammar from any UK educational
institution. The exercises are fast, give immediate feedback and
require little typing. One of the best reviews I have found.
An Overview of English Article Usage for Speakers of English as a Second
Language by John R. Kohl
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has a lucid explanation of articles followed by a quiz
with answers and explanations. The Purdue University section
on Articles is followed by two excellent quizzes.
Grammar Gorillas is a set of games for young students, but is
fun and helps you learn the parts of a sentence.
Free English Grammar Lessons
from ABC Checkers has excellent, easy to use grammar lessons and e-mail information.
Be aware that some services offered on this site cost money. All those listed
on its home page (link is at the bottom of grammar lessons) under Free Information are,
Online English Grammar
from edufind.com has all kinds of free Games, tests, exercises, and
even an assessment test.
Grammar Handbook from the University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign is organized by subject.
Hypergrammar from the University of Ottawa is easy
to use, clear, and detailed.
Writing Guidelines for
Engineering and Science Students by Michael Alley, Leslie
Crowley, Jeff Donnell, and Christene Moore covers presentations,
correspondence, formal reports of varying sorts, and is updated
often. For the obsessive,
IEEE Standards Style Manual (PDF version)
is posted by The Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Legal Writing Center
from Quinnipac University School of Law,
including help on reading cases and writing in formats for a program
in the faculty of law.
explanations and exercises, 440 sets and rising.
Purdue University's Online Writing Lab
has a comprehensive site with over 130
handouts available on grammar, audience, style, punctuation, incorporating quotations and
so on. It is easy to use, searchable, and updated regularly. It has a specific
section for ESL and native speakers on
grammar and punctuation
that is worth reviewing if you have sentence problems.
Jack Lynch's Grammar and Style
Notes is complete, easy to use, and has varying levels of difficulty in self-tests
that you can use for review.
Dictionaries, Encyclopaedia, and Writing References
Longman Dictionaries Homepage links
to a dictionary and many word games, study exercises and so on. This site provides
interactive drills that will help you improve both vocabulary and grammar.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online
One Look Dictionaries
with 503 Dictionaries in one database lets you do a meta search or
browse individual dictionaries.
A Web of On-line
Dictionaries is a site that lists about 500 dictionaries in 140 languages. It
may help you work with some of the problems of translation and grammar.
Evaluating Research Sources is a helpful guide for
Wordsmyth English Dictionary -
encyclopedia is a fast, useful search for general information
and has links to Dictionary, Thesaurus, a world Atlas and other
a commercial site, has e-texts of classics with asorted study guides
(not especially useful),and, under research, choose reference to
find Brewer's Phrase and Fable, and
Capitalization, and Punctuation: A Handbook for Technical Writers
and Editors by Mary K. McCaskill is online.
Mosser's text The
Evolution of Present-Day English is fun to read, and
makes sense of what appears senseless.
Paradigm: The Online Writing
Assistant has many good tools and encourages online blogging.
It is worth looking at if you enjoy high degrees of interactivity.
Focus on the sentence has great sections including
Basic Sentence Concepts,
Designing Effective Sentences.
Basic Punctuation is also useful.
The site uses primarily American examples.
ESL interactive Learning Resources
Resources Site offers web-delivered instruction using current and past
CNN San Francisco bureau news stories. The Western/Pacific Literacy
Network and the CNN San Francisco bureau have partnered to develop
an online literacy site that will allow you to develop reading
comprehension, listening skills, and higher order sequencing using
current news stories. It provides a new story every week and is an
excellent site for providing new material weekly.
If your computer supports video and sound, you can see and hear the
actual news clip from CNN. Choose "Story of the Week" or
select one topic from the "Story Archives" on the left side of
your screen. Once you load the story of your choice, Look on the
main section of the screen and click on "Story" rather than
"Abridged Story" or "Story Outline." Both the original
site and Beta site are useful.
Purdue University's site
for ESL with links to tutorials, grammar handouts, idioms, phrasal verbs,
on-line grammar courses, and academic conventions. Most of these sites have interactive
work after you read the section.
Studycom's on-line English Courses (all free).
When you access this site, click on the word Students on the left column menu.
You will then see a range of activities including a menu of courses and access to
chat lines that you may wish to play around with.
Business English Hangman a site to while away the hours, for
those with fond memories of hangman.
Edgamesandart.com has many
games to help you learn English, and even better, Science hangman.
The George Washington University Study
Hall has categories such as reading, writing, listening, grammar, vocabulary, and
exercises developed for the internet TESL journal site..
English is like the next two a commercial site, with free
exercises, idiomatic expressions, and a focus on business.
from Dave Sperling
Activities for ESL Students
part of the on-line TESL Journal series of about 900
interactive quizzes, predominantly U.S. based, that provide
instruction, drill, and correction / review. All are easy to use and
embedded in contextual practices
Partyland from Karin Citron
for ESL/EFL Students from simple to
more advanced, across the grades and between various languages,
BBC World Service - Learning English Home Page,
The EFL Playhouse--A Resource for Teachers of Young
Various K-12 links,