Webster Dictionary: Merriam-Webster Online
Comprehensive dictionary online version.
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Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
Microsoft Encarta Consise Encyclopedia
Encyclopedia of Television
Webster Thesaurus: Merriam-Webster Online
Standard modern thesaurus.
Experimental lexical database developed at Princeton. Not precisely a thesaurus, but words are organized into synonym sets so it can be used as one. Worth a try if the other thesauri do not produce the desired results.
Roget's Thesaurus (1911 ed.) at Univ. of Chicago or Thesaurus.com
Greater depth than the Merriam Webster Thesaurus, but its age occasionally shows. UC version allows great flexibility in searching. Thesaurus.com's version has a simpler interface and faster searches, but includes advertisements.
Quotations & Phrase Origins
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (1901 ed.)
A collection of passages, phrases, and proverbs traced to their sources in ancient and modern literature. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (1894 ed.)
Gives the original context for famous expressions and idioms.
Style Manuals & Grammar Guides
University of Illinois' Writers' Workshop Online Writing Guide
An excellent source that will cover most grammar and writing needs. Includes full APA and MLA style manuals, a grammar handbook, and an informative section on writing techniques.
Citing Electronic Resources
Internet Public Library collection of style manuals and guides on how to cite sources found on the Internet or other electronic formats.
The Slot: A Spot for Copy Editors
Written by a Washington Post Copy Editor, this site serves as a supplement to the AP stylebook. Contains good advice on lots of tricky or picky situations and is fun to read.
William Strunk Jr.'s Elements of Style (1918 ed.)
The classic guide to usage, composition, and form for the English language.
University of Victoria Writer's Guide
A dynamic database suitable for answering most writing questions.
Source: This page was adapted from the University of Illinois Library Website.