The pages in this area will help researchers and writers find information on the Internet. You may also use the OWL's Evaluating Sources of Information to determine the credibility of resources found on the Web.
Dictionaries, Style Manuals, Grammar Handbooks, and Editing Resources
Dictionary.com allows you to search multiple dictionaries and references at the same time.
Dictionary.net returns word and phrase definitions from a variety of English dictionary resources.
iTools has links to a number of dictionaries, thesauruses, and other language tools, including online translators.
The Merriam Webster Dictionary allows you to search this dictionary site from your computer. Search options also include Spanish-English, thesaurus, and medical terms.
LookWAYup Dictionary/Thesaurus and Translation is a large online English dictionary that tolerates small spelling errors (U.S. or international spelling), shows definitions for multiple senses of the word, and for each sense shows synonyms, related terms, and usage examples. It will also translate words to French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, or German or vice-versa.
YourDictionary is a free resource that simultaneously provides dictionary, thesaurus, and etymological references as well as definitions for scientific and business-related terms.
A searchable list of biographies are available at S9 the biography dictionary.
Roget's Thesaurus this resource allows you to search headwords or full text entries
The Visual Thesaurus offers a visual way of exploring the relationships between words.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations searches familiar and famous quotations.
The New York Times on the Web: The Glossary of Financial and Business Terms contains a list of business terms from A to Z.
William Strunk's original version of the Elements of Style (later made famous by E. B. White) is available courtesy of the Bartleby project.
Robert Harris has a searchable rhetorical devices handbook and a glossary of literary terms.
WebGrammar is a site devoted to grammar.
Plagued by a grammar question for which you can't find an answer? Try one of the grammar hotlines listed in the Grammar Hotline Directory. Services are listed by state and include phone and e-mail information.
The Apostrophe Protection Society is a good-natured site that promotes proper use of the apostrophe.
Paul Brian's Common Errors in English site has an extraordinarily comprehensive list of errors in English usage and advice for how to avoid them.
iScribe is a site devoted to grammar basics and definitions of grammatical terms.
The Writer's Block is full of links to resources for writing, grammar, style guides, research, and reference.
AllRefer offers encyclopedia entries and references for a variety of fields.
Encyclopedia Britannica Online provides articles from the famous encyclopedia.
Infoplease has a complete encyclopedia, dictionary, and almanacs for research as well as information organized by subject matter.
Libraryspot.com is one of the most comprehensive site you'll find on the Web for links to libraries across the world.
The University of Victoria's Writer's Guide offers a hyper-textual set of information relating to writing. This site could be of special interest to writers in first-year composition.
The Writing at the University of Toronto offers over 50 "homemade" files concerning writing and links to writer resources for various fields including engineering.
Ask Oxford is a very comprehensive site produced by the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary that has answers to questions on English grammar, spelling, and usage and access to searchable dictionaries.
Writer's Free Reference is an extensive list of free information on the Internet that could be useful to writers (or anyone else doing research online.
Wikipedia is a collaborative project that is attempting to produce a free and complete encyclopedia in every language.
Need help citing Internet resources? We have an entire page devoted to citing electronic sources in various formats.
Indexes for Writers
Ask Oxford is a very comprehensive site produced by the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary that has lots of information about writing.
Noodle Tools has online tools to help with searching the Internet, creating a bibliography in MLA format, helpful links, and a bulletin board for discussion.
Another source for all kinds of writing activities is John Hewitt's Writing Resource Center.
The Free Online Writing Resource Links Database hosts thousands of writing resource links in a massive online database, including 40+ genres, funds for writers, job listings, education, news, submission calls,and a research library. They also publish Newswatch, FREEdom Inkwell Newsletters and Writers Site News.
Garbl's Writing Resources Online is a collection of sites on the English Language, grammar, style, and references.
Writer's Free Reference is an extensive list of free information on the Internet that could be useful to writers (or anyone else doing research online).
Writing World offers more than 250 articles on just about every aspect of writing (fiction, nonfiction, freelancing, greeting cards, international, etc.), plus over 500 links to other resources,market information, contest listings, and more.
The Internet Public Library is an online reference site, the IPL organizes websites into subjects as well as provides links to e-texts, magazines, and newspapers.
The Library of Congress provides information about the world's largest library as well as links to popular collections and topics.
Libraryspot.com: is a comprehensive portal to libraries around the world.
Purdue's Libraries searches Purdue's catalog as well as an extensive list of online databases and eJournals.
Online Books and E-texts
The Online Book Page searches for books available online by author, title, or subject.
Project Bartleby provides complete online texts of many popular classics and non-fiction works.
Project Gutenberg searches online classics available for download.
Newspapers, News Services, Journals and Magazines Online
List of online journals this site provides links to popular journals. Organized by subject.
The Chronicle of Higher Education provides news and and articles concerning education and research.
The Washington Post provides links to articles from one of the world's most popular newspapers located in America's capital.
New York Times provides links to articles from one of the world's most popular newspapers.
USA Today provides news and articles on sports, money, weather, and more.
Wall Street Journal links to the articles concerning politics, the world, sports, and international format of the paper.
Pathfinder (Time Warner publications) provides links to magazines owned by Time including "CNN Money", "Instyle" and "People".
The Associated Press site provides links to stories posted by one of the world's largest news agencies.
Reuters News Media is a collection of stories from one of the world's largest news agency.
Newseum allows you to find daily newspaper front pages from 68 countries across the globe.