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 The OED is the definitive source not only for definitions, but also for the origins and historical usage of English words. (Available only on campus or from the Library webpage).

Online Etymology Dictionary

Retraces the origins of English words -- a phenomenal labor of love.


The great thing about this online thesaurus is that each synonym is linked to its definition.

1000 Dictionaries.com

Online dictionaries, glossaries, and encyclopedias in many different fields and languages.


Daily Grammar

Hundreds of mini lessons and exercises on many aspects of grammar, from basic to complex.

 Elements of Style Online

William Struck, Jr.'s classic guide to grammar.

The Bedford Handbook Online

Interactive grammar excercises related to "clear sentences," "wordchoice," "ESL Trouble Spots," and more.

Warren Wilson Writing Center

Check out our grammar tip sheets, under "Publications & Tipsheets."


Research and Documentation

The Bedford Handbook Online

Online guide to research and documentation in MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE styles.

Duke University Library

Online comparative guide to citing sources and compiling a list of sources in MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian, and CSE styles.

University of Madison Writer's Handbook

General information about integrating sources, along with information about using numerous documentation styles, including APSA and ABE.

American Anthropological Association

PDF guide to AAA style.

American Sociological Association

An overview of the basic format for ASA style.

Warren Wilson Library

Guides to many documentation styles, citation generators, and citation management programs available at the library and online.


Academic Writing Guides:

Purdue Online Writing Lab

Useful articles on many aspects and styles of writing.

Dartmouth Institute for Writing Rhetoric

Guides to college academic writing, both generally and in specific disciplines.

UNC Chapel Hill Writing Center

Dozens of handouts to help with many aspects of writing, from introductions to writing anxiety to plagiarism to specific types of assignments and disciplines.

Agnes Scott Writing Center

Scores of handouts on writing, including many specific kinds of academic assignments as well as blogs, cover letters, and more.

University of Madison Writer's Handbook

Scores of information on the writing process, using transitions, grammar, citations styles, how to approach common types of writing assignments, and more.


Interactive guide to writing essays, personal statements, and resumes at all stages of the writing process, from the University of Texas Writing Center.


ESL Resources:

Dave's ESL Resources

Help with idioms and slang, grammar, pronunciation, and more.

BBC Learning English

Listening practice, vocabulary and grammar exercises, quizzes, and more.

Using English

 Resources for teachers and students, including lists of idioms and irregular verbs, quizzes, and interactive message boards.

UNC Chapel Hill ESL Resources

Links to handouts particularly relevant for ESL students and tutoring.


Creative Writing

Warren Wilson Undergraduate Writing Program

Information about the Creative Writing Major and Minor, prompts, and advice about editing and submitting writing for publication.

Poets & Writers

The online companion to Poets & Writer's magazine, with information and listings on publishing, contests, writing conferences, MFA programs, and more.

 The Market List

Online directory of genre fiction markets.

North Carolina Writers' Network

Competitions, conferences, an online journal, literary agents, and more.

Writing World

Hundreds of articles on many aspects and genres of creative writing.

Writers Write

Loads of advice from published authors on writing and publishing.

Fiction Addiction

Articles, Q&As with published authors, prompts, and more.


For Tutors:


A great online tutor manual with gratuitously pessimistic titles, from the Appalachian College Association.

Dartmouth Institute for Writing Rhethoric

General advice and guides for addressing many specific issues in tutoring, including "structure," "style," and "grammar."


A quarterly Writing Center Journal with articles about tutoring and training written by Writing Centers around the country.

Peer Centered

A blog for peer tutors to share experiences, converse, and ask and give advice.

International Writing Centers Association

Conferences, job announcements, research grants and more. Keep up on what's going on in the Writing Center world.