The Writing Studio is continually collecting a list of writing-related resources for students and instructors. This includes:
- Grammar Handbooks
- Style Manuals
- Histories of the English Language
- Dictionaries and Thesauri - Composition Textbooks - Films and TV shows useful in teaching writing
There is an ever-increasing number of useful writing and composition resources on the internet. The Writing Studio has compiled an annotated list of links to many of these helpful websites. Just click on the source. Below is a list of online resources that students and tutors have found helpful.
General Online Tools that Assist with:
- Zotero is a free and open-source reference management software to manage bibliographic data and related research materials, such as PDF files. (Free!)
- ZoteroBib same open-source program as Zotero, but it helps with creating a quick bibliography. (Free and here's a tutorial on using ZoteroBib)
- Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides up-to-date citation guidelines that are free for public use. (Free!)
- Research Rabbit is an innovative “citation-based literature mapping tool” available online. The scope of such a tool is to optimize your time searching for references as you start planning your essay, minor project, or literature review. (Free!)
- GSU Library the GSU library provides a vast array of resources that help students with their research. Reach out to a research librarian today!
- Podcastle AI is a Google Chrome extension that converts text news/articles to a podcast, with natural human speech. (Free Basic Plan or Pay for Subscription)
- Speechify is a Google Chrome extension that reads aloud documents, PDFs, Google Docs, email, and more with the leading text-to-speech app for Android and iOS. (Free Basic Plan or Pay for Subscription)
- Writing & Editing:
- Aztekera is a "To Be" verb analyzer. Theoretically, a lower amount of "to be" verbs indicates better writing (depending on the genre). (Free!)
- GSU provides Microsoft Office 365 Tools through which students may access Microsoft Word 365. The Word processing system offers grammar, spelling, tone, similarity, and accessibility checking. (Free to the GSU Community and click here for a guide on using Word's reviewing tools)
- Grammarly / Outwrite / ProWritingAid / WordTune are AI writing assistants that proofread for grammar, spelling, and diction errors. These four different programs work similarly in that an AI program identifies material that is generally considered an "error" and provides editing suggestions. Use such resources with caution: computers speak in code which doesn't often translate well into human languages. (Free Basic Plan or Pay for Subscription)
- The Hemingway App is a distraction-free writing and editing tool designed to help you polish your writing. It focuses on identifying common errors that bring down the quality of your prose: confusing sentence construction, overuse of weak adverbs, excessive passive voice, and the like. (Free Basic Plan or Pay for Subscription)
Online Reference Materials (Dictionaries & Thesauri):
- Bartleby’s Reference Books Online includes links to dictionaries, thesauri, English usage books, books of quotations, and a variety of sources for specialized topics.
- Cambridge Dictionaries Online includes links to American English dictionaries, French-English, and English-French dictionaries, as well as Learners, Idioms, and Phrasal Verbs dictionaries.
- Merriam Webster Online includes a search box for dictionaries and thesauri.
- Your Dictionary.com provides a dictionary search as well as an online translator.
- Dictionary.com includes a dictionary, thesauri, language resources, and an online translator.
- One Look Dictionary allows you to browse several dictionaries.
- Thesaurus.com is a link to Roget’s Thesaurus, which also provides links to language resources, dictionary.com, and an online translator.
- Biographical Dictionary contains references to over 28,000 individuals.
Online Style Manuals:
- The Modern Language Association’s homepage.
- The American Psychological Association's homepage.
- Purdue OWL guides to Modern Language Association (MLA) or American Psychological Association APA styles.
- Purdue OWL guide to Chicago Manual of Style.
- Strunk and White’s Elements of Style is available online.
- Academic Phrase bank for Academic Writing
Thesis & Dissertation Formatting Guidelines:
Please refer to the thesis and dissertation formatting guidelines provided by your particular college:
- Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
- Brydine F. Lewis School of Nursing & Health Professions
- College of Arts and Sciences
- College of Education
- Honors College (Students should follow formatting for the college of their major)
- School of Public Health
- J. Mack Robinson College
- English Grammar 101 - Online Grammar Lessons Learn more about the English language with our online grammar lessons. Our website makes a great companion to language arts classes, homeschooling, and ESL courses.
- English Phrasal Verbs List - Vocabulary - UsingEnglish.com Browse a list of 3,603 English phrasal verbs (also called multi-word verbs) with definitions and examples.
- Purdue OWL's General Writing Resources on general writing concerns, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, parts of speech, sentence construction, etc.
- GSU provides Microsoft Office 365 Tools through which students may access Microsoft Word 365. The Word processing system offers grammar, spelling, tone, similarity, and accessibility checking. Click here for a guide on using Word's reviewing tools.
Writing Across the Curriculum Resources:
- WAC Clearinghouse at Colorado State University.
- Northern Illinois University’s WAC Homepage offers historical information about writing across the curriculum as well as a variety of student and teacher resources.
- Purdue University’s Writing Across the Curriculum website provides general information about WAC programs and links to a comprehensive list of WAC programs in other universities.
- Bibliography and annotated bibliography of articles about writing across the curriculum.
- Georgia State University’s WAC website offers general information, online writing resources, and grant opportunities.
- The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s website contains a bibliography divided by discipline.
- Purdue University’s OWL ESL page has resources for teachers, including online journals, syllabi and assignments, general references, and teaching-specific tasks.
- Dave’s ESL Café provides links to over 3000 resources for ESL students and teachers.
- Pronuncian: American English Pronunciation Bringing American English pronunciation to the forefront, teaching you how to speak with an American accent. Free online lessons and videos help non-native English speakers achieve accent reduction.
Professional Writing Resources:
- Purdue University’s online writing lab provides information and links about job searching, resumes, cover letters, employment letters, memos and reports, academic applications, and general business writing.