Resources on words, grammar, usage and punctuation / 12 октября 2007 г.

These works are the most highly recommended

The Canadian Press Stylebook; A Guide for Writer and Editors, Patty Tasko, editor (The Canadian Press, Toronto)

A Canadian Writer’s Reference, by Diana Hacker (Bedford/St. Martin’s, Boston/New York)

Grammar Matters, by Steve Buttry, writing coach, Omaha World-Herald www.notrain-nogain.com

Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Print, by Patrician T. O’Conner (Paperback: Riverhead Books)

Working With Words: A Handbook for Media Writers and Editors, by Brian S. Brooks, James L. Pinson and Jean Gaddy Wilson (Fifth Edition, Bedford/St. Martin’s, Boston and New York)

These books are also recommended:

Copy Editing: A Practical Guide, by Karen Judd (Crisp Publications, Inc. / Menlo Park, Calif.)

The Canadian Writer’s Handbook, by William E. Messenger and Joseph de Bruyn (Prentice-Hall of Canada Ltd.)

Dos, Don’ts & Maybes of English Usage, by Theodore Bernstein (Gramercy Books: New York)

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, by Lynne Truss (Gotham Books, New York)

The Elements of Editing: A Modern Guide for Editors and Journalists, by Arthur Plotnik (MacMillan U.S.A.)

The Elements Of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White (MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., New York)

The Elephants of Style: A Trunkload of Tips On The Big Issues And Gray Areas of Contemporary American English, by Bill Walsh (McGraw-Hill)

The Essential Handbook For Writers, by Jane E. Aaron (HarperPerennial, a division of Harper Collins Publishers, New York)

Glossary of Misused Words And Phrases, from the editors of Communication Briefings (Communication Publications & Resources, Pitman, New Jersey)

A Grammar of Contemporary English, by Randoph Quirk, Sidney Greenbaum, Geoffrey Leech and Jan Svartvik. (Longman Group: London)

Grammar Smart: A Guide To Perfect Usage, by the Staff of The Princeton Review (Villard Books, New York)

Handbook of English, by Harry Shaw (McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited)

Lapsing Into A Comma, A Curmudgeon’s Guide To The Many Things That Can Go Wrong In print — And How To Avoid Them, by Bill Walsh (McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Books, Chicago)

The Little Brown Handbook, by Ramsay Fowler and Jane E. Aaron, & Kay Limburg (6th edition. HarperCollins: New York)

Practical English Usage, by Michael Swan (New Edition, Oxford)

The Random House Guide to Good Writing, by Mitchell Ivers (Reprint Edition, Ballantine Books)

Understanding English Grammar by Martha Kolin (Fourth edition, MacMillan Publishing Company: New York)

A University Grammar of English, by Randolph Quirk and Sidney Greenbaum (Longman Group: Essex, England)

Words Fail Me: What Everyone Who Writes Should Know About Writing, by Patricia T. O’Conner (Harcourt, Florida)

The Writing Book, by The Missouri Group — George Kennedy, Daryl Moen and Don Ranly: School of Journalism, University of Missouri at Columbia (Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey)

And here are some valuable websites on grammar:

Common Errors in English


The site has quick, cogent notes on dozens of usage and grammar questions.



Although this is primarily a site for learning English as a second language, it offers easy-to understand instruction in grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and writing.

Good Grammar, Good style


More than 100 pages of useful articles and the answers to frequently asked questions about style, grammar and mechanics.

Grammar for Journalists


The Tongue Untied is a guide to grammar, punctuation and style for journalists created by the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. The instruction is based on Associated Press style.

Grammar Now


This free site answers specific grammar, composition or formatting questions. Send a question by filling out a form, and you’ll get a response by e-mail.

Grammar Slammer


An online version of a commercial product of the same name, the site works essentially as a help file.

Guide to Grammar and Style


This is a thorough, accessible rundown of errors and puzzlers.

Guide to Grammar and Writing


Contains scores of digital handouts on grammar and English usage, more than 170 computer-graded quizzes and recommendations on writing well.

The Online English Grammar


A complete guide to the intricacies of English grammar.

Spelling Test


If your spelling is shaky, test yourself with this 50-word computer-graded spelling test. It also offers links to other web-based spelling quizzes.

11 Rules of Writing


Covers some of the most commonly violated rules of writing, grammar and punctuation.

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