• Purdue OWL: The Purdue Online Writing Lab is the most comprehensive online writing resource, with general writing tips, citation help, subject specific guidelines, and ESL/ELL resources. If you need reliable, up-to-date MLA, APA, or Chicago citation advice, this is the place to look. Easy to navigate and well maintained, the OWL is a favorite of the Writing Program staff and Writers’ Center tutors.

  • UNC Chapel Hill Writing Handouts: The Writing Center at UNC Chapel Hill has a great online repository of handouts on topics from research to writing,  citations, grammar, assignment types,  and discipline stylistics. Though the links are described as handouts, they display as a web page (not a Word doc)…and several link to instructional videos. With extensive and multimedia offerings in an easily accessible format, it’s a great resource to check.

  • UC Davis Science Writing: The UC Davis Science Writing page is an unconventional resource—relying on video responses from UCD professors to common science-writing questions—but covers a lot of ground. Visual or aural learners might prefer this resource to one of the more traditional text-based writing resources.

  • Diana Hacker Pocket Style Manual: Spiral-bound book used for most W1 classes, the manual is a great resource when it comes to citations. The newest version is yellow, and includes new citation tips for digital media (Twitter, blogs, etc.). If you need to use one, the Writers’ Center always has a few, or you can try checking the Diana Hacker website (limited and sometimes hard to navigate).

  • Word Reference forums: Wordreference forums can be an invaluable resource for all writers (there are some great threads with phrase and word comparisons/contrasts), and they are especially useful for writers working in languages other than their first. Wordreference’s real strength is in usage and colloquialisms, and in comparing them across languages and dialects. The forum discussions can be overwhelming at times, but the usage advice is always sound.

  • Grammar Girl: Grammar Girl is a subsection of QuickAndDirtyTips.com, and the site has gone through a few interface changes recently that can make it hard to navigate. Nonetheless, “Grammar Girl” Mignon Fogarty has some of the best and most accessible explanations of common usage and grammar issues. While she explains the grammar concepts, she also offers quick and clear tips that make writing so much easier.

  • Garner’s Modern American Usage: Garner’s Modern American Usage is a favorite reference for word lovers who want to make sure they use every word properly.

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Writer’s Handbook: