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  • Copyscape:
    Use this free service to learn if anyone has plagiarized your work.
  • Creative Commons:
    Creative Commons provides free tools that let you easily mark your creative work with the freedoms you want it to carry.
  • Intellectual Property Law:
    This list for online resources that focus on intellectual property will keep you busy for weeks. Some items focus on Canada, some on the U.S., and some on international law.
  • Legal Guide for Bloggers:
    Here, The Electronic Frontier Foundation provides a summary of U.S. copyright laws as they apply to blogging.
  • Performancing:
    This blog provides information that can help turn your blog into the prime marketing tool you need for your writing business.
  • Preditors and Editors:
    Save time and money by avoiding the common publishing scams featured on this site.
  • U.S. Copyright Office:
    Your writing is copyrighted the minute you’ve put it in a tangible form, but if you want further protection for your work you can register it here for a fee. The FAQ is free, however, and it’s the best tutorial around on copyright.
  • APA Style:
    On the APA Style blog, you can get access to the fundamentals of American Psychological Association style, updates on specific style elements, and find loads of other reference material.
  • Associated Press Style:
    If you’re working on a journalistic piece, you’ll need to use AP style. Learn the fundamentals from this guidebook on OWL.
  • Brief Guide to Citing Government Publications:
    This guide provides examples of the most common government document citations. These examples are based on the Chicago/Turabian standard bibliographic style.
  • The Chicago Manual of Style Online:
    The Chicago Manual of Style’s website includes an online forum, guidelines for basic rules, and even creates quick citations.
  • Citing Sources:
    Learn how and why to cite your sources in this helpful guide from Duke University Library.
  • The Economist Style Guide:
    Want to write for The Economist? Whether you do or not, these are some solid style rules for any journalistic writing.
  • The Elements of Style:
    This classic book by Strunk and White is offered up in its entirety on so you can improve your writing without spending a dime.
  • Footnote and Citation Style Guides:
    You’ll find a vast array of citation styles for business, education, engineering, science, and social science from this useful resource compiled by Lehigh University.
  • How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography:
    This site will help you compile a bibliography when you’re ready to pull all those citations together.
  • MLA Style:
    Not sure how to cite something correctly in MLA style? Use this online handbook to get started on doing things the right way.
  • Turabian Quick Guide:
    Essentially the same as Chicago Style, this documentation system does have a few differences which you can learn about here.
  • Common Errors in English Usage:
    Confused about whether to use lie or lay? Use this site as a guide to help you avoid some of the most common mistakes in English usage.
  • English Practice:
    This site can help you practice English grammar and writing, even if you’re a native speaker.
  • Grammar Girl:
    Grammar Girl is one of the most popular grammar sites on the web and is a great place to look for answers to all of your burning questions about proper usage.
  • Grammar Handbook:
    The Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana offers access to this incredibly useful grammar handbook that can ensure you’re getting things right in your writing.
  • Guide to Grammar and Style:
    Written by Jack Lynch, this site provides grammatical rules and explanations, comments on style, and suggestions on usage that Lynch put together for his classes.
  • Guide to Grammar and Writing:
    Choose from several modules that will help you to determine how to structure your writing with this tool created by the Capital Community College Foundation.
  • How to Use English Punctuation Correctly:
    Punctuation can be confusing but on this site you’ll find a cheat sheet that can ensure you use your commas, semicolons, and quotes correctly every time.
  • HyperGrammar:
    The University of Ottawa offers up a one-stop guide for proper spelling, structure, and punctuation on this site.
  • The Tongue Untied:
    Head to this site to find basic instruction on grammar, sentence structure, word choice, and punctuation.
  • The Basics of Technical Writing:
    MIT professor Nicole Kelley offers students guidelines on how to create technical writing on science and technology topics.
  • Children’s Literature Web Guide
    David K. Brown from the University of Calgary maintains this list of resources for writers who prefer to pen children’s literature.
  • Essays on the Craft of Dramatic Writing
    Learn about the craft of writing a novel, screenplay, or play through reviews of popular stories.
    With news, a directory, writing challenges, and more, this site is a great resource for those who love to craft works of fantasy.
    Share your poems, get reviews, and win prizes on this fun poetic site.div>
    This site is an amazing collection of information on screenwriting. It offers up tips on how to write every element of screenplays, information about conferences, courses, and events, and much more.
  • Short Stories: 10 Tips for Creative Writers:
    Need some basic tips on keeping your stories short but sweet? This guide from Jerz’s Literacy Weblog can be a big help with step-by-step instructions on the process.
    Learn more about all forms of poetry, theory, and criticism on this simple but informative site.
  • is an encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, and almanac rolled into one.
    Here, writers can find a searchable database of facts related to black history that can be used to start research on a story.
  • ePodunk
    ePodunk provides in-depth information about more than 46,000 communities in the U.S. through maps, cemetery listings, and even local newspapers.
  • FedStats
    If you need government stats, this site is a smart place to look. It brings together data from more than 100 government agencies in one easily searchable site.
  • GeoHive
    For global statistics, consider using this site.
  • InfoPlease
    InfoPlease combines an encyclopedia, almanac, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, and biography reference.
  • Internet Public Library
    This online library is full of resources that are free for anyone to use, from newspaper and magazine articles to special collections.
  • The Library of Congress
    If you’re looking for primary documents and information, the Library of Congress is a great place to start. It has millions of items in its archives, many of which are accessible right from the website.
  • NACo
    If the information you’re looking for is at the county level, this website is one of the easiest places to begin looking for it, with information on everything from county representatives to local events.
  • The Old Farmer’s Almanac
    This classic almanac offers yearly information on astronomical events, weather conditions and forecasts, recipes, and gardening tips.
  • RefDesk
    Run a quick fact-check using the reference materials found on this useful all-in-one site.
  • State Health Facts
    Kaiser Family Foundation provides this database, full of health facts on a state-by-state basis that address everything from medicare to women’s health.
  • U.S. Census Bureau
    Learn more about the trends and demographics of America with information drawn from the Census Bureau’s online site.
  • Wikipedia
    While you probably shouldn’t use it as your sole source, Wikipedia can be a great way to get basic information and find out where to look for additional references.
  • A.nnotate
    This helpful tool allows you to leave notes for yourself about a resource online, so you’ll see them each time you return to the site.
    A great mind-mapping tool, can give you a leg up on organizing your thoughts and laying out a story.
  • Central Desktop
    Central Desktop provides simple project collaboration tools for business teams so they can organize and share information efficiently, communicate with others, and collaborate on projects.
  • Dropbox
    Store and share your writing online so that it will be accessible to you from anywhere, even on your phone or mobile device.
  • Evernote
    Evernote lets you capture photos, articles, and even music you like, storing it and organizing it for you so you can easily reference it later.
  • Google Drive
    Google has created a tool that makes it easy to keep your documents, spreadsheets, and other materials stored and organized online.
  • Memonic
    With Memonic, you can take notes and clip web content, take this data with you or print it out, and share it with others who might find it interesting as well.
  • MindMeister
    Another mind mapping tool, MindMeister makes it easier to see just where your story is headed.
  • Zoho Creator:
    If you’re doing intensive research for a project, creating a database can be immensely useful. ZohoCreator lets you do just that, with an easy drag-and-drop interface.
  • Zotero
    Collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources right on your browser with Zotero.
  • ASNE
    The American Society of Newspaper Editors is a membership organization for editors and those who work with editors, but any writer, aspiring editor, or others interested in what they do can get in touch for help, guidance or information.
  • American Society for the History of Rhetoric:
    Founded in 1877, this group helps to foster the study of rhetoric throughout history, both in America and abroad.
  • The Authors Guild:
    All writers should consider joining this professional guild focused on helping authors get copyright protection, fair contracts, and the right to free expression.
  • Mystery Writers of America
    MWA is a great organization for crime writers, fans of the genre, and aspiring writers alike.
  • National Writers Union
    The NWU is the trade union for freelance and contract writers, journalists, book authors, business and technical writers, web content providers, and poets.
  • Online News Association
    Founded in 1999, this organization is open to any journalist who produces news on the internet or in a digital platform.
  • Romance Writers of America
    Those with a passion for romance writing should seriously consider looking to this group for resources, advocacy, and professional networking.
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America
    Likewise, those who focus on the science fiction and fantasy genre will benefit from connecting with SFWA’s more than 1,500 members.
  • Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators
    If you write, illustrate, or have an interest in children’s literature, this is the place to turn for help and services related to your work.
  • Society for Technical Communication
    Technical writers will appreciate the professional resources offered by this organization, from recent publications to jobs to courses.
  • American Rhetoric: 
    Hear some of the most memorable and celebrated example of public speaking in history though the online speech bank on this site.
  • Bibliographies in Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
    If you’re looking for some great reads on rhetoric, look no further than this list of bibliographies on the subject.
  • Read Write Think: Persuasive Writing
    Here, you’ll get access to a strategy guide that can help you become a more persuasive writer.
  • The Forest of Rhetoric
    Dr. Gideon Burton of Brigham Young University provides this guide to terms from Classical and Renaissance rhetoric.
  • Rhetorica
    Visit this blog for analysis and commentary on the modern rhetoric found in journalism, politics, and culture at large.
  • Rhetoic: A Timeline
    Confused about which, Aristotle or Cicero, came first? Don’t know if Augustine is considered part of Antiquity or the Middle Ages? Fear no more – this timeline will answer your questions.
  • Rhetoric and Composition
    This site is loaded with rhetoric resources, including bibliographies, journals, reference material, and blogs.
  • Ten Timeless Persuasive Writing Techniques
    You can go wrong when you use any of the classic persuasive writing techniques laid out in this Copyblogger post.
  • Autocrit
    AutoCrit automatically identifies weak words and structures in your writing so you can clean it up.
  • Creativity Portal Prompts
    Can’t think of anything to write about? This site provides useful prompts that can help get your creative juices flowing.
  • JournalistExpress
    If you can’t remember the name of a specific newspaper or the name of a site you need, head to Journalist Express to get help with the answer.
  • MorgueFile
    If you’re looking for a free image to use with an article or a blog post, look to this site for photography that’s free to use, with attribution to the artist, of course.
  • Resources for Technical Writers:
    Those pursuing a career in technical writing can find all kinds of useful resources and tools for both writing and career building here.
  • Statistics Every Writer Should Know
    This site is billed as, “A simple guide to understanding basic statistics, for journalists and other writers who might not know math.”
  • Unstuck
    Writer’s block can really destroy your productivity. Battle through it with this downloadable app that will help you get past any problem you’re facing.
  • Wordcounter
    This program is much more than a basic word counter. Instead of just counting the number of words, it also pulls out words that you’re using too frequently, helping you add variety and interest to your work. Try running things through Cliche Finder, too, to weed out any other phrases you might want to avoid.
  • Writing Room
    Get support from writers, writing guides, expert advice, and more on this great community site for writers.
  • Acronym Finder
    With more than 565,000 human-edited entries, Acronym Finder is the world’s largest and most comprehensive dictionary of acronyms, abbreviations, and initials.
  • Arts & Humanities Dictionary
    Through this dictionary, you can find the definition of hundreds of terms related to the arts and humanities.
    Use a dictionary or thesaurus, translate words, or look up quotes and other information on this multi-purpose site.
  • Glossary of Poetic Terms
    If you’re ever unclear on the meaning of a poetic term, head to this glossary from McGraw-Hill for some illumination.
  • MediLexicon
    MediLexicon is a comprehensive dictionary of medical, pharmaceutical, biomedical, and health care abbreviations and acronyms.
  • OneLook Dictionary
    More than 5 million words in more than 900 online dictionaries are indexed by the OneLook search engine so you can find, define, and translate words all at one site.
  • RhymeZone
    Whether you’re writing poetry, songs, or something else entirely, you can get help rhyming words with this site.
    Want to use symbolism in your writing or analyze it in a famous work? can help, with more than 1,600 articles about thousands of signs from Western cultural history.
    If you’re not a tech professional, chances are that you might find yourself more than a little confused about certain terms. Don’t be. Just look them up in this dictionary.
  • Urban Dictionary:
    Keep up with the latest slang with Urban Dictionary, where you can look up the meaning of hundreds of words you won’t find in the regular dictionary.
  • Your Dictionary 
    Your Dictionary provides access to a dictionary, thesaurus, word etymology and much more.