Category Archives: Grammar

Writing guide for undergrads

Grammar, usage and writing skills are often not covered after secondary school, and yet undergraduate programs have high expectations for the papers their students submit. The Writing Guide for Undergrads provides tips and links on grammar, style and writing different types of text.

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English Language & Usage

English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It’s built and run by its users as part of the Stack Exchange network of Q&A sites. The aim is to build a library of detailed answers to every question about English language and usage.

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Center for Writing Studies

This centre at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign offers a variety of resources for writing. These include a Grammar Handbook that explains and illustrates basic grammatical rules and common problems of usage, a Handbook of Citation Styles, which summarizes the bibliographical formatting rules for the American Psychological Association style and the Modern Language Association style, and a Handbook of Writing Tips with advice on types of document, document sections and the writing process.

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The HyperGrammar of the University of Ottowa’s Writing Centre is designed to allow users a great deal of freedom and creativity as they read about grammar. It allows them to create and follow their own lines of thought. On its first appearance on any page, every grammatical term is linked to its definition. A user reading about nouns might jump to the simple subject, and from there to subordinate clause.

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TERMIUM Plus is the Government of Canada’s terminology and linguistic data bank. It has more than 4 million English and French terms in addition to 200,000 Spanish terms covering a wide range of fields. It also provides access to 17 writing tools, including tips on word usage, a complete grammar guide, a conjugator (French) and articles on language use covering the French and English Languages.

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Grammar Girl

Grammar Girl, created by Mignon Fogarty, provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Covering the grammar rules and word choice guidelines that can confound even the best writers, Grammar Girl makes complex grammar questions simple with memory tricks to help you recall and apply those troublesome grammar rules. Whether English is your first language or second language, Grammar Girl’s punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer.

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OnlineStylebooks is a Google Custom Search engine that allows you to consult a variety of style guides with a single search. The indexed style guides include the Chicago Manual of Style, the Guardian and Observer Style Guide, the Economist Style Guide and the National Geographic Style Guide.

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The Elements of Style

No list of English language resources would be complete without The Elements of Style, a very short book by Cornell University professor William Strunk, Jr. First published in 1918 and later edited by Strunk’s more famous student, writer E.B. White.

Much advice about writing in modern English that is repeated in technical manuals derives from this little book. It is the source of widely held preferences for strong verbs and active voice, of certain modern syntax-based punctuation rules and of the special English aesthetic of ‘tightness’ (the opposite of ‘wordiness’), and much more.

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Guide to Grammar and Writing

The Guide to Grammar and Writing is a compendium of resources for scholarly writing, providing help with writing words, sentences, paragraphs and whole academic texts. It offers guidelines, exercises, quizzes and PowerPoint presentations aimed at improving your writing.

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