Composition: Web Sites with Composition Tools for Students in All Courses with a Writing Requirement

  • Grammar and Style Guide - Jack Lynch’s Grammar and Style Guide web site offers a brief listing and explanation of English grammar and style guidelines. Users will find sections arranged alphabetically where each topic, such as adjectives, pronouns, dangling modifiers, contains general guidelines in paragraph form. The site also includes related Internet sites such as online edition of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style.
  • Owl: Online Writing Lab - Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab with rules and exercises for grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

Reference Works

Citing Electronic Sources

  • A collection of links to web sites with guidelines for citing material from the World Wide Web, CD-ROMs and other electronic sources.  The emphasis is on MLA format, but there is information for APA, Chicago, and Turabian, as well.

    • MLA Style Frequently Asked Questions - The Modern Language Association does not publish its documentation guidelines online, but these answers to FAQs about documentation have some useful information.
    • Beyond the MLA Handbook - An essay and a style sheet expanding and clarifying Janice Walker’s “MLA-Style Citations for Electronic Sources,” including a link to a response by Walker. From 1996 but still useful.
    • How to Cite Electronic and Internet Sources - Follows the developing standards for electronic references and scholarly citations of Internet sources in both paper and online publications. From the University of Alberta, Canada.
    • Documenting Electronic Sources - From the OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue University