We've all got a shelf's worth of thesauri, dictionaries, style books and
other references and resources for our writing.Now you can access many of them
right on the Web, in handy searchable formats. Here are our favorites:
World's Most Villainous Quotes
A humorous page that can supply you with smart quips. Gives you access to the top 50 Shakespeare quotes, too.
Quotes of the day, quotes of the week, random quotations, search engines, and links. The site offers you something new each day.
Grammar and Style Notes
Another kind of Strunk and White on-line. Gives you a slew of succinct advice to help your grammatical dilemmas.
The Rhyming Dictionary
The Hallmark Card writers bible. It really works. Compliments of Carnegie Mellon.
Miriam Webster Online
Words, thousands of them, here you'll find the WWWebster's Dictionary. Solid as a rock. And not as heavy as the book version.
U.S. Copyright Office
Protect your work! You can download copyright forms and get more info from the U.S. Copyright office/Library of Congress site.
Elements of Style
This site is commonly found on literary meta-site, but here's the direct link for the purists.
or subscribers only, but it does offer free trials. Full text online--32 volumes, 65,000 articles. Probably more than we need to know, but that's why they call it an encyclopedia.
The Word Detective
Kind of funny, kind of quirky newspaper column answering reader's questions about words and language. The site has excellent language links to inspire for decades, links to bookstores, links to links and my favorite part asks if you are Flummoxed by Flabbergast? Perplexed by Pandemonium? How could you go wrong?
The Internet Public Library
This outstanding reference site is part of the Internet Public Library. Basically the neighborhood Library, only online and sans dust jackets. Particularly well-done travel reference library.