Resource Links

For Writers:


About Publishing: Commonly Used Terms
http://www.bookjobs.com/page.php?prmID=9
Glossary for terms used in the publishing field; sections include:
  • Editorial
  • Legal, Finance, Rights, and Permissions
  • Marketing and Publicity
  • Parts and Kinds of Books
  • Production and Design
  • Publisher
  • Sales
  • Types of Children’s Books
University of Colorado at Boulder Style Guide
http://www.colorado.edu/Publications/styleguide/symbols.html
Chart of proofreader’s and editor’s symbols used by the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Also has some useful links on the left side of the page.

 

Merriam-Webster Online
http://www.m-w.com
Online dictionary with searchable database.  Even if you enter a misspelled word, it will give you some possibilities from which you can choose.  You can also sign up for a word-of-the-day email.

 

Bartleby.com
http://www.bartleby.com
A free and comprehensive reference site.  It offers searchable databases for the Columbia Encyclopedia, the American Heritage Dictionary, Roget’s Thesaurus, American Heritage Book of English Usage, Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, and many others.

 

Atlas Online
http://geography.about.com/library/maps/blindex.htm?once=true&PM=478_1028
An online atlas with maps and other information, such as population, climate, natural resources, commerce, and government.

 

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
Purdue University writing lab offering over 200 free resources including:
  • Writing and Teaching Writing
  • Research
  • Grammar and Mechanics
  • Style Guides
  • ESL (English as a Second Language)
  • Job Search and Professional Writing
Fiction Factor
http://www.fictionfactor.com/
Lots of great articles about fiction writing, plus, you can sign up for a free newsletter that provides tips to improve your fiction writing.

 

Daily Writing Tips
http://www.dailywritingtips.com/category/fiction-writing/
Another great site with articles and tips for fiction writers.

 

Common Errors in English
http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/errors.html
A large list of common errors in English, including pairs of words that people often confuse.  Compiled by Paul Brians, a professor of English at Washington State University.

 

PaperStarter
http://www.paperstarter.com/resources/resources-for-the-essay-writer
Its tagline is “The Best Free Resource for Outstanding Essay and Paper Topics, Thesis Statements and Important Quotes”.  Includes writing topic prompts, an essay organizer template, grammar & syntax resources, and more.

 

For non-native English speakers:


Purdue Online Writing Lab / ESL Instructors and Students
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/678/01/
Resources and guides for ESL instructors and students, including sections on Grammar and Mechanics, Practice and Exercises, and Workplace Writing.
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