Here are some useful sites to help with your writing:
Dictionaries and thesauri (or if you prefer thesauruses)
- The Oxford English Dictionary claims to be the world's most trusted dictionary. If you are a member of a UK public library you can log into this site. Click on Log in and you will see a box called "Library card Login". Enter the number next to the bar code on your library card to get into the site. The site also has a dictionary of quotations and a thesaurus.
Grammar and usage
- The Grammarist has a list of easily confused words, and another of homophones.
- Sometimes it is useful to read about Common Errors in English Usage.
- Acronyms and abbreviations can be confusing. Make sure you have the right one by using either the free dictionary of acronyms, or the acronym finder.
- If you need to check English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions is useful, but for more background try the Phrase Finder, which is useful for working out if a particular phrase was current in a specific setting.
- Here is a collection of videos relating to grammar, spelling and communicating.
- Please follow my blog, where I cover grammar issues in the news, and post bits and pieces about rules and mnemonics.
- If Wikipedia isn't your thing, you may want to try that old favourite the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
- This is a useful site if you need to type special symbols like letters with accents, mathematical symbols, or fractions. Most of the codes are hard to remember, so I've got it bookmarked.
- If you are dealing with a longer document you may want to contact the Society of Indexers.
- This site has a collection of quotations, sorted into categories.
- These links take you to downloadable summaries of my blog posts and The Proof Angel Guide to... series.