University On-line Writing Lab (OWL)
One of the best online guides to grammar and punctuation. Includes
for Copy Editors
A multifaceted site from the Poynter Institute for Media Studies,
and therefore newspaper oriented. Site includes tips for writing
headlines and captions.
The University of Illinois Writers' Workshop
Resources for Writers. If you find anything missing from OWL,
try the Grammar
Jack Lynch's Grammar
and Style Notes. Addresses many of the tricky questions that
copy editors face frequently.
George Mason University
Mason's home page: http://www.gmu.edu
Communication Department: http://www.gmu.edu/departments/comm/
Student Technology and Resources: http://media.gmu.edu/
UCIS Support: http://www.gmu.edu/departments/ucis/help_center.html
The Broadside: http://www.broadsideonline.com/
book most writers have on their shelves is "Elements of Style"
by William Strunk Jr., THE bible of appropriate grammar. Find
it at: http://www.bartleby.com/141/index.html
For those of you
who need help with commas -- and grammar generally:
Web grammar: http://www.webgrammar.com/writing.html
WWWebster Dictionary: http://www.m-w.com/dictionary.htm
WWWebster Thesaurus: http://www.m-w.com/thesaurus.htm
AP Tipsheet: http://ocean.st.usm.edu/~ddavies/aptip.html
Library of Congress Search System: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/resdev/ess/booksquery2a.html
Journalist Express: http://www.journalistexpress.com
Hot Sheet/the easy way to the best of the
The New York Times’ Navigator: http://www.nytimes.com/library/tech/reference/cynavi.html
Journalism Net: http://www.journalismnet.com
column on Editor & Publisher online (http://www.mediainfo.com)
twice a month. A must-read for online journalists.
on the Internet: http://www.useit.com/.
If you go nowhere else, go here.
The Band-Aid AP
Stylebook, created at the University of Missouri in 1997, is a
summary of the most commonly used items in the Associated Press
Stylebook. It includes helpful reminders, but it is not a substitute
for it. When in doubt, look it up in the AP Stylebook.
The Internet age
has made it easier than ever to plagiarize, reports the Poynter
Institute's Chip Scanlan in a centerpiece
feature on the Poynter Web site. In the piece, he offers some
tips on how to avoid becoming a thief of words. Don't be tempted
to cut corners, even though the Internet makes it so simple to
These sports databases
will help you research and source your stories.
page includes links to the online versions of general style guides,
such as the APA Style Guide and Chicago Manual of Style,
as well as many others. You can find dictionaries and other writing
tools at Internet