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Style guides are used by writers to keep up with changes to the language. Also for improving their own use of the language (words, phrases and grammar) in their writing. Often newspapers put out a style guide for their writers and editors.

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A.Word.A Day
The website for the mailing list A.Word.A.Day (AWAD), which sends a vocabulary word and its definition to the subscribers every day.
Adjectives Starting
A large collection of adjectives listed by their starting letter.
APA Reference Style
Detailed assistance on APA formatting including many examples and exercises.
APA Style
American Psychological Association rules for formatting papers, in-text citations, and end references. Examples based on the sixth edition of the Publication Manual from the APA.
The Archive of Endangered, Special, or Fun Words
Writing about and classifying words and language. The Columbia Guide to Standard American English
Kenneth G. Wilson's handbook includes descriptive and prescriptive examples with hyperlinked cross-references.
The Book of Cliches
A compilation of common phrases, euphemisms, and rationales for times of trouble. Organized by occasion.
The Briticiser
Will convert US English spelling to UK English. Alerts when it finds words which can be spelt two ways.
CBC News: Words, Woe & Wonder
An in-depth look at the words we use from CBC News. By Blair Shewchuk.
Center for Plain Language
A non profit organization promoting plain language and helping government agencies and businesses write clearly.
The Chicago Manual of Style Online
Provides recommendations on editorial style and publishing practices for the digital age.
Cliche and Word Journey
List of 2000 English cliches with some statistical and literary notes on their use. By Dan Scorpio.
Cliche Finder
Special tool word-searches 3,300 cliches.
Cliche Site
Clichés, sayings or phrases listed with definitions and explanations. Clichés are organized by subject and alphabetically and you can use the search function.
Cliche Web
Thousands of cliches. Fully searchable and interactive. Formerly Steve's Cliche List. Since 1995.
Dr. Abel Scribe PhD - Research Style Guides
Free guides to APA, ASA, CBE, Chicago-Turabian, and MLA show how to document and format college research papers.
Dr. NAD's Prig Page
Tests of usage, built interactively.
The Economist Style Guide
Guide based on the style book given to all journalists at The Economist.
English Speaking
Free English speaking tips and daily lessons for beginners.
Exploring English
An online tutorial for the parts of speech with style notes for the English Language.
Food for Translators
To explore different translation-related techniques and resources, disseminate helpful information, and provide useful tips and insights to those who work with words.
G. Kim Blank's Wordiness, Wordiness, Wordiness List
A list of words and phrases to purge from your writing.
Garbl's Editorial Style Manual
Provides advice on abbreviations, capitalization, grammar, numbers, plurals, possessives, punctuation, spelling and word usage.
Glossary of Rhetorical Terms
From alliteration to zeugma, and everything in between, all the figures of speech are here.
The Guardian - Style Guide
Guide to word usage, grammar and punctuation for The Guardian and Observer. UK.
Guides for Better Science Writing
Bibliography of style manuals for scientific research, writing, and presentation. Guides for biology, medicine, chemistry, engineering, geology, and mathematics.
Honor & Respect: Guide to Names, Titles, and Forms of Address
Forms of formal address to use on correspondence directed to officials in government, armed services, clergy, diplomacy. Forms for current as well as former officials.
How do you Spell
A simple website offering the correct spellings of commonly misspelled words.
How to Write an Explication Essay - eHow
Step-by-step directions to writing an explication.
Knol Dictionary
An interactive dictionary to define every word and every situation by its authors.
Lingo Factory
A cooperative effort to coin useable terms and then trick people into using them regularly as though they are real words.
Linguistic Phenomena/Devices
A list of lesser-known features in English writing. Hendiadys, holonyms, and hypernyms.
Literary Devices
Literary terms and techniques.
Lousy Writer
A free online resource to improve your writing skills. Learn how to write, how to use words, how to write sentences, and how to communicate effectively.
MLA Style Center
Guidelines and examples for current MLA procedures. First page format, presenting quotations, and citing books, websites, and nonprint sources.
Modern Language Association
The MLA is the official guide to non-fiction writing. Includes a guide to MLA style.
NLRB Style Manual
A guide for legal writing in plain English.
Online Classes in Rhetoric, University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota offers a number of Internet correspondence courses in rhetoric. Sign up here.
Papercheck Style Guide
From the editors of Papercheck, agreed upon standards in this style guide.
Pataphysics, Pataphors and Pataphorology
An extended metaphor that creates its own context. A science invented by P.A. Lopez and derived from the science of 'pataphysics as described by Alfred Jarry.
The Philosophy of Punctuation
Paul Robinson's classic essay on periods, commas, semicolons, dashes.
Phrases Thesaurus
A generator of headlines and copy for journalists. Enter a word and the database is searched to provide a list of phrases related to that word.
Plain English Campaign
An independent group fighting for plain English in public communication. We oppose gobbledygook, jargon and legalese.
Plain Language Action Network
Promoting clearer communication between the public and government. This site has resources for writers to attain that goal.
Pseudo Dictionary
The dictionary for words that wouldn't make it into dictionaries.
The Punctuation Guide
A brief guide to correct English punctuation.
Purdue OWL
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and they provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue.
A Research Guide for Students
Research, writing, and style guides by I. Lee.
Seldom Used Words
Listed by most recently added words in the database.
Simile Stack
Collection of searchable similes. Useful for writers, editors, bloggers, and anyone looking to add some depth to their writing.
Slang City
Writing about American slang.
Society for the Preservation of English Language and Literature
Contains articles on grammar, usage, word origins, and other subjects of interest to language lovers.
Speaking Writing
Articles on speaking and writing, spelling quiz questions, grammar questions and writing and speaking rules.
The Sports Cliche List
A large, searchable collection of sports cliches, lingo, and jargon.
The Tongue Untied
Grammar, punctuation and style for journalists.
Urban Dictionary
A veritable cornucopia of streetwise lingo, posted and defined by its readers.
US City Name Misspellings
A comprehensive list of the most common misspellings for US cities.
Using the Right Words
A site by Lee Barnathan that informs which word is the proper choice in any given situation.
Richard Lederer's page, with contact information and a handful of his language-loving articles.
The Visual Thesaurus
An exploration of sense relationships within the English language. By clicking on words, you follow a thread of meaning, creating a spatial map of linguistic associations.
Web Style Guide
A manual covering graphic and information design, page layout, graphics, site navigation, and multimedia content. By Patrick J. Lynch and Sarah Horton.
Web Typography
The elements of typographic style applied to the web.
The Well Bred Sentence
Online book offering an intensive course in sentence construction and punctuation.
The Word Centre
Consulting firm dedicated to training businesses to use plain English. Free newsletter and professional editing services.
The Word Detective
The online version of the newspaper column answering readers' questions about words and language. An extensive column and word archive. Written by Evan Morris.
Word Focus
Words, literature and a word of the day.
Word Fugitives
An interactive column by The Atlantic's Barbara Wallraff. Discovers needs in our language and recommends new words to fill them.
Word Lab
A message board where you can request and brainstorm words, names, titles, coinages, puns, phrases, slogans and slang.
The Word Nerds
A weekly podcast about words, language, and why we say the things we do.
Word News
Efforts have been made to provide some of the best thoughts, ancient and modern, that are particularly appealing for our time and to promote a greater appreciation for the English language.
Word Quests
Word lists that provide thematic units of English words derived from Latin and Greek sources.
Word Spy
The word lover's web site by Paul McFedries.
Delve deeply into a word or subject. Quick search of several word and language related sites.
Portal for word lovers. Learn about word meanings, slang, quotations, insults, and famous authors. Wordwizard offers a round trip across the English language.
World Wide Words
Explores the history, evolution byways, quirks, and curiosities of the English language. New and recent words and phrases are often featured, as are books on aspects of English. A weekly newsletter is sent by e-mail and RSS.
Writer's Dreamtools
A series of useful tools to enhance writers' and students' creativity, spark ideas and fight writer's block.
Interactive site created to help students improve English reading, writing and listening skills.
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