This is a list of resources related to language, including online reference
tools like dictionairies and style guides.
These links were on the Arts part of my home page but I thought they
were more relevant to technical communication, so I moved them here.
- BABEL, "a glossary
of computer oriented terms and acronyms"
- The Biographical Dictionary,
"covers more than 28,000 notable men and women"
- The DICT Development Group Online Dictionary
Query, search multiple dictionaries
- dictionary.com, searches
multiple dictionaries, also has other online resources and links
- Dictionary of Slang,
English sland and colloquialisms used in the United Kingdom
- Dictionary of Units, "a summary of most of the units of measurement
to be found in use around the world today".
- DOD Dictionary of Military Terms, for those writing for the military or its contractors
- Free On-Line
Dictionary of Computing, main UK site
- Free On-Line Dictionary
of Computing, US mirror site
- Jargon file, one of the
oldest dictionaries of net terms and computing slang
- LOGOS Dictionary, a multi-language
- Merriam-Webster's Online, including
the WWWebster Dictionary and Thesaurus
- NetLingo, "This online
dictionary contains definitions of hundreds of words that are
emerging as a new vocabulary surrounding the technology and
community of the Internet and the World Wide Web."
- OneLook Dictionaries, search
- The Oxford English Dictionary Online,
the mother of all dictionaries finally is online, but unfortunately
it's a subscription service.
- Netdictionary, mostly Internet terms,
in a HTML version (Java version also available)
- Tech Encylopedia, published by CMP's TechWeb
- Webopedia dictionary of
Internet and computer terms
- whatis.com, mainly compputer-
and Internet-related terms
- yourDictionary.com, formerly,
a Web of On-line Dictionaries, a huge collection of links to online
dictionaries in many languages and in many subject areas.
- A Brief
Citation Guide for Internet Sources in History and the Humanities
- 02/17/02 Authors
Guide, prepared for authors at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
oriented toward scientific and technical publications.
- Citing Electronic Resources, a guide to citing Internet resources, with links to
- The Craft of Scientific Writing by Michael
- Dr. Grammar, "Your Rx
for writing ills", produced by the University of Northern Iowa
Department of English, the FAQ page is a good quick reference to common
mistakes and problems
- Elements of Style, by William
Strunk, Jr., hosted along with many other useful reference books at
the Bartleby.com site.
- GrammarNOW!, information
on grammar, composition, editing, and proofreading
- The Grammar Lady,
produced by Mary Newton Bruder, author of the book The Grammar Lady
- Grammar, Punctuation,
and Style: A Handbook for Technical Writers and Editors, by Mary
K. McCaskill at NASA's Langley Research Center. HTML and PDF versions
- Grammar Slammer,
online grammar and usage tips, also a downloadable help file
- Guardian Style Guide,
produced by the UK's Guardian newspaper
- Guide to Grammar
and Writing, produced by Professor of English Charles Darling at
Capital Community College, fairly complete
- EEE Computer
Society Style Guide, prepapred for authors of IEEE publications.
Oriented to computer-related issues, with sections on file extensions
and source code and an extensive glossary.
Style These guidelines on MLA documentation style are the only ones
available on the Internet that are authorized by the Modern Language
Association of America.
- Online Writing
Lab at Purdue University, about 120 handouts on various subjects
that cover the gamut of writing- and language-related topics. Recommended.
- Proofreader's marks,
useful for marking up text
- The Slot, "a spot for copy
editors", includes archive of Sharp
- Technical Writing, by Ronald
B. Standler, a short guide to some often-encountered issues
Regulations 25-30, style guide for publications in the U.S. Army
Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)
- Web Style Guide,
from Edit-Work.com, for publishers of web content, has sections on creating
editorial procedures for web sites.
Style, an online style guide by the editors of Wired Magazine
- Writing Guidelines
for Engineering and Science Students hosted by Virginia Tech
Other Language References
- The Acronym Finder, a searchable
database of 68,000 acronyms
- The Acronym
- The Anagram Engine
- Bartlett's Book of Familiar Quotations,
hosted by Bartleby.com
Language and Design Online Thesaurus, excellent online tool to simplify
your writing style
Slang Research Project
- Commonly Confused
Words, a list prepared by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
A useful list with some terms commonly used in scientific and technical
Writing Style, an article about writing conventions often used by
- I Love Language, formerly the
Human Languages Page, a comprehensive catalog of language-related Internet
- Internet Anagram
Server, enter a word and find all its anagrams
- Roget's Thesaurus at thesaurus.com
Thesaurus Compendium, a listing of thesauri on the Web
- Wilton's Word and Phrase Origins,
look up the etymology of words, also includes a brief history of the
Keith Soltys -- keith@soltys-DELETETHIS.CA