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Garbl's Reference Sources is an annotated directory that lists some of the many useful websites that feature dictionaries, thesauri, phrase finders, research aids, bibliographies and research-paper writing standards.

Garbl' Editorial Style Manual--This style guide can help answer your writing questions about abbreviations, capitalization, grammar, numbers, organization terminology, punctuation, spelling and word usage.

line APA Documentation Style--Prepared by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center.

Covers major aspects of American Psychological Association style, including parenthetical references, headings, usage and style, formatting papers and citing electronic sources.

line, Los Angeles, California

Free online English dictionary, thesaurus and reference guide, crossword puzzles and other word games, online translator and Word of the Day.

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line J. Beslanwitch, owner of Web Witchery Consulting, a Seattle, Washington, web page design firm.

An extensive annotated directory of websites for writers, featuring markets, agents, writers groups, writer conferences, forums for discussing the writing life and critiquing workshops.

line How to prepare bibliographic citations (PDF)--Information Services Department, Zach S. Henderson Library, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro

Source is Kate L. Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations , sixth edition, 1966.

line Hypertext Webster Gateway--Computer Science and Engineering Department, University of California, San Diego.

A point-and-click interface for reaching various dictionary services on the internet.

line KnowPlay?--Matthew Spergel, KPlay.CC, Santa Clara, California

This site provides one-stop access to dictionaries, thesauruses, encyclopedias, quotations and maps--but it doesn't stop there! You also get easy access to search engines, telephone number lookups, recipe databases, movie listings, dining guides, multimedia and much more.

line MediaWorks Inc., Evanston, Illinois

A library and reference information portal with web links to dictionaries, encyclopedias, newspapers, maps, genealogy tools and much more.

line Merriam-Webster Dictonary and Thesaurus

Based on Merriam-Webster's Collegiate(R) Dictionary, 11th Edition.

line MLA Style Guide--Ed Reber, associate professor of English, Dixie State College, St. George, Utah

See Bibliographic Form for clear examples of Modern Language Association style for books, reference works, periodical articles, CD-ROMs, online sources, anthologies and other sources.

line OneLook Dictionaries: The Faster Finder--Robert K Ware, Study Technologies, Englewood, Colorado

Free search access to a frequently updated database of words, terms, names and acronyms via internet links to online dictionaries and glossaries.

line Online Rhyming Dictionary--WriteExpress Corp., Orem, Utah

Type in a word, and the rhyming dictionary will list words with end rhymes, beginning rhymes, first-syllable rhymes, last-syllable rhymes and double rhymes.

line RhymeZone, formerly The Semantic Rhyming Dictionary--Doug Beeferman, a researcher at Lycos in Waltham, Massachusetts

Use this combination rhyming dictionary and thesaurus to find rhymes, synonyms, anonyms, definitions, homophones, similar sounding words, related words and similar spellings.

line The Scriptorium: A Virtual Room for Writers--Designed, written and maintained by Sherry D. Ramsey, fantasy/science-fiction writer and former attorney

"In each monthly issue you'll find articles, interviews, exercises, book reviews, and more to help you become the best writer you can be."

line Statistics Every Writer Should Know--Robert Niles, media consultant and web designer, Lakewood, Colorado

This easy-to-understand guide offers short lessons--with examples--in basic mathematics for journalists and other writers.

line Wordpower--Neil Stamper, editorial free-lancer

Advice on citing references, writing abstracts and news releases, editing, planning reports and developing a house style.

line The Wordsmyth English Dictionary-Thesaurus--Project director, Dr. Robert Parks, associate professor, Elmira College, New York

Search for words in three ways: for the correct spelling, for words that contain the word searched and for words close in spelling to the word searched.

line Writing and Presenting Your Thesis or Dissertation--S. Joseph Levine, Ph.D., Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan

A practical guide to help you craft, implement and defend your graduate school thesis or dissertation.


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Updated March 5, 2016.