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Resources

Please visit the sites below if you don't find what you're looking for on this one. We don't necessarily recommend the services of these sites; they are listed here purely for the benefit of our visitors, to provide alternative services should they be required. Warning: many of these sites use American English.

Business Schools - Worldwide business schools directory

College Study Abroad GSE offers summer, quarter, semester, and year-long study abroad programs in Europe, Australia, and South America.

The differences between American and British spelling.

The Purdue University Online Writing Lab serves writers from around the world

Online Dictionary

Online Thesaurus

Online Encyclopedia

Enhance your writing

Writers' Resources

Common Errors In English - although written by an American, most of his pointers are good. Ignore any that are clearly Americanisms.

Dictionaries, Style Manuals, and Grammar and Editing Sites

Academic Word List - As an aid to enhance academic vocabulary, this site divides the Academic World List (the most common 808 words in academic texts in English, excluding the most frequent 2000 words in English) into eleven levels. http://www.vuw.ac.nz/lals/research/awl/

Ask Oxford - The Oxford English Dictionary, the most thorough and comprehensive dictionary in print, is not available online. However, its editors have put together this site, which offers valuable and sometimes surprising information on language, including tools for writers and students of writing. http://www.askoxford.com/

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations - Part of the Bartelby project (a collection of great books online), the quotations are readily searchable. http://www.bartleby.com/100/

Cambridge Dictionaries Online - This site provides both a definition and a sample sentence for each word you enter in the search window. To access the site, you'll need a CalNet ID and passphrase. http://dictionary.cambridge.org/

The Compleat Lexical Tutor - To research your own word usage, visit this site. http://www.lextutor.ca/

Dictionary.com - This online dictionary offers an easily searchable database, and produces fast and thorough results. http://www.dictionary.com

Encyclopedia Britannica - You have to register and pay to retrieve full-text articles from this site, but it's a fast and easy way to search for encyclopedia entries without resorting to a trip to the library. http://www.britannica.com/

Multiple Dictionary Links All in One - Over nine hundred online dictionaries and glossaires are indexed on this site. Type in the word and enter, then click on the dictionary you want to check. You can check etymology too. http://www.onelook.com/

Project Gutenberg - Begun in 1971 by Michael Hart at the University of Illinois, Project Guttenberg puts full texts of books onto the web for free. Thus far, over six thousand ebooks are available through the project, and hundreds are added every week. http://www.promo.net/pg/

Roget's Thesaurus - Sponsored by the University of Chicago, Roget's Thesaurus is the resource for writers looking for the right word. http://humanities.uchicago.edu/forms_unrest/ROGET.html

Strunk and White's Elements of Style - Also sponsored by the Bartelby project, Elements of Style is considered by some to be the most effective and handy style manual for writers. http://www.bartleby.com/141/index.html

WebGrammar - This vast and useful site offers thousands of links to resources for writers. It's not just about grammar; there are research tools here for subjects across the curriculum. http://www.webgrammar.com/

Web Vocabulary Profiler - Paste in your own text to view an analysis of the type of words used from the 2000 most frequently used words and the Academic Word List of 880 words most frequently used in academic texts across the disciplines. http://www.lextutor.ca/vp/eng/

Links for Book Reviews

Granta - Granta is a British quarterly publication of short fiction and essays. Although most of its authors are British, American readers will find plenty here to explore. Each issue has a theme (recent issues have included "The Overheating World," "Celebrity," and "What We Think of America"). http://www.granta.com/

McSweeney's - McSweeney's is the online home of the literary magazine of the same name. This website is updated frequently with fiction, poetry, essays, and miscellaneous diversions such as "Interviews with Barbers" and "Sumotalk." Quirky and entertaining. http://www.mcsweeneys.net/

The New York Review of Books - Arguably one of the most influential and wide-reaching book review publications, The New York Review's website offers capsule reviews and previews of the content of current and upcoming issues. http://www.nybooks.com/

The New York Times Book Section - The Times is famous for its book reviews, which can make or break an author's reputation. The reviews are generally thorough and well-researched, making this an excellent place to research your book-buying and reading. One-time registration is required to use this site. http://www.nytimes.com/pages/books/index.html

Village Voice Literary Supplement - Published quarterly, the VLS reviews current fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Its criticism is erudite and often sharply funny. http://www.villagevoice.com/vls/

Links for Publishing and Literary Research

Poets & Writers Magazine - Poets & Writers is a bi-monthly print magazine for creative writers. Its website includes a list of calls for submissions from literary magazine editors, anthology editors, and small presses. You can also find grant information here, as well as information about writer's colonies and writing retreats. http://www.pw.org/mag/classifieds.htm

Zuzu's Petals Literary Resource - This wide-ranging site features more than ten thousand links for creative writers, including information on literary magazines, grants, censorship, and film resources, and information for parents, teachers, researchers, and librarians. It also showcases recent literary news and events. http://zuzu.com/

Events, Grants, Workshops, and Forums

The Academy of American Poets - This venerable organization promotes the reading and writing of poetry among a wider American audience. The website offers information about grants, scholarships, and awards, along with a very useful "Find a Poet" feature that links you to biographies, poems, and online exhibitions. http://www.poets.org/index.cfm

Bread Loaf - Bread Loaf, America's most prestigious writing workshop, takes place annually at Middlebury College in Vermont. For undergraduates, scholarships are available. http://www.middlebury.edu/blwc/

Chronicles Network - Chronicles Network is a forum for discussion of science fiction and fantasy. The website allows writers to post pieces for critique and feedback by members. http://www.chronicles-network.com/

Craigslist - Craigslist is a vast online community for the Bay Area. Here, you can find community discussions about writing as well as information about writing groups and writing workshops. http://www.craigslist.org

826 Valencia - Located in San Francisco's Mission District and founded by Dave Eggers of McSweeney's, 826 Valencia is a nonprofit writing center for young people from eight to eighteen years old. The center offers tutoring and writing workshops in creative writing, expository writing, and ESL run by a volunteer staff. http://www.826valencia.org

Poetry Flash - The "Literary Calendar for the West", Poetry Flash offers an exhaustive listing of readings, workshops, and literary events for Northern and Southern California (and it's not just about poetry readings; fiction and nonfiction are featured here as well). http://www.poetryflash.org/

SF Station Literary Arts - A clearinghouse for information about literary events in addition to a being a place to search for a writing group or book club, this site also features interviews with local writers. http://www.sfstation.com/literaryarts/index.htm

City Lights Books - A San Francisco Landmark, this Beat Generation era bookstore is still a worthwhile expedition for any writer interested in the literary history of the Bay Area. http://www.citylights.com/

Moe's Books - Located on Telegraph Avenue just south of campus, Moe's has been a part of the campus community since the sixties and has five floors of used and new books on nearly every topic you can imagine. http://www.moesbooks.com/cgi-bin/moe/index.html

Pegasus Books - Pegasus, an independent bookstore, has two locations in Berkeley: one in North Berkeley near the Alameda, and another at the corner of Durant and Shattuck, a few blocks from campus. http://www.pegasusbookstore.com/

Small Press Distribution - This company is one of the only book distributors in the world dedicated to distributing fiction, poetry, and nonfiction from small presses. The catalog is available online, and their West Berkeley location offers occasional warehouse sales and author events. http://www.spdbooks.org/

 

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