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Manuscript Guides
General and Specific Writing Guidelines
Forms and Templates
Language Translators

Manuscript Guides

GuideToOnlineSchools.com (Reach Network, Inc, Kirkland, WA)
Public access. An inclusive directory within a Web site, which has [hyper]links to multiple general and university resources related to writing style guides. Resources are available for the following writing style guides: American Psychology Association (APA), Modern Language Association (MLA), Chicago/Turabian, and Council of Science Editors Style (CSE).

Notice. Writers using the APA Style should review the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition, which was published in 2009.

  • Online and noncommercial APA Style documents include: Free APA Style Tutorials (The Basics of APA Style, and What's New in the Sixth Edition).
  • In addition, Supplemental Materials include chapter-referenced documents that are not printed in the Manual.

APA and MLA Templates (Reference Point Software, LLC, Glyndon, MD)
Commercial. Windows and Macintosh templates are available for APA (American Psychological Assn) and MLA (Modern Language Assn) writing styles. Supported word processors include: Word, Works, WordPerfect, and StarOffice.

APA [American Psychological Association] Formatting and Style Guide (Writing Lab, OWL [Online Writing Laboratory], Purdue University)
Public access. OWL Purdue identifies general APA guidelines for manuscripts and papers. The Additional Resources section includes links specific APA Style Web site, and specific tips and topics. (In addition, the navigation panel includes links to many generic and specific writing topics.)

Psychology With Style--A Hypertext Writing Guide-Version 5.x (Mark Plonsky, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point)
Public access. (Version 5.x is based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 2001, Fifth Edition.) A detailed table of contents with internal links to many American Psychological Association (APA) writing style guidelines for manuscripts. A layout of the major components for a manuscript is included.

The Writing Center--APA [American Psychological Association] Documentation (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Public access. Seven directories are included for topics such as: APA orientation, citations, references, headings, etc. These summary resources focus on academic papers using the guidelines within the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2001, Fifth Edition). A downloadable .pdf document, APA overview, is available.

APA [American Psychological Association] Research Style Crib Sheet (Russ Dewey, Georgia Southern University)
Public access. The site contents include multiple links to style elements mandated by the American Psychological Association writing style. A few annotated graphics are included to demonstrate the layout of APA-based academic papers.

Chicago Manual of Style Online (University of Chicago Press)
Public access--directories that identify some fundamentals of the Chicago Manual of Style for grammar, punctuation, and writing are:

Restricted access--specific directories and links within the Chicago Manual of Style Online are restricted to registered users who have satisfied a [commercial] Subscription Option.


Wordsmyth Dictionary-Thesaurus


Look up the word...


broad "contains the word..."

spelled-like "spelled like..."

After March 31, 2003, a Wordsmyth registration is required to access all lookup options.

Merriam-Webster Online (Merriam-Webster, Inc.)
Public access--ad-supported. An online version of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and the Merriam-Webster Thesaurus. (An audio pronunciation guide is provided.) Links are provided to other publicly accessible services, and the subscription service for Merriam-Webster Unabridged.

HyperDictionary.com (Webnox Corp., Ottawa, Canada)
Public access--ad-supported. Webnox provides a free online search system for an [British and U.S.] English Dictionary and Thesaurus, and links to its alphabetical version of Computer, Medical, and Dream Dictionaries. Note: Webmasters are permitted to post a HyperDictionary.com search box on their Web sites.

Thesaurus.com (Lexico, LLC)
Public access--supported. An alphabetical index and a look up or search option for words.

OneLook Dictionary Search (Datamuse Corp., Hilton Head Island, SC)
Public access--ad-supported. Search results are indexed from over 750 online dictionaries. In addition, several language options are available. Definitions are arranged by discipline or area (e.g., humanities, business, Internet, slang, religion, medical, etc.) for words, abbreviations, or acronyms

Dictionary of Sound-Alike Words (P. Sato Web Design, Riverside, CA)
Public access. An alphabetical list of over 850 sound-alike words. Each word is used in a sentence to exemplify its common use.

General and Specific Writing Guidelines

Common Errors in English (Paul Brians, Professor of English, Washington State University)
Public access.
An alphabetically arranged list of errors and non-errors related to spelling, word usage, and grammar. Links are provided for other Web sites and documents.

Guide to Grammar and Writing (Capital Community College Foundation, Hartford, CT [in the memory of Dr. Charles Darling])
Public access--donations accepted. Use the Index or drop-down menus for: Word and Sentence Level; Paragraph Level; Essay and Research Paper Level; Ask Grammar, Quizzes, Search Devices; Peripherals and PowerPoint Presentations; and Grammar Polls, Guestbook, and Awards.

Guide to Grammar and Style--Contents (Jack Lynch, Department of English, Rutgers University)
Public Access. An alphabetical list of grammar and writing style topics--from A vs. An to Who vs. Whom.

Punctuation Made Simple (Gary A. Olson, College of Arts and Sciences, Illinois State University)
Public access. Explains the use of colons, semicolons, commas, dashes, and apostrophes.

The Writers' Workshop (Center for Writing Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) provides public access to:

Citation Guides (The University of Michigan Document Center)
Public access. Links are provided to several guides with bibliographic and citation guidelines base on specific systems (e.g., APA and MLA protocol for Internet and Web documents).

ASU Writing Center--Writing Resources (Arizona State University)
Public access. Approximately 75 Online Handouts formatted as Word (or .doc) documents are organized within multiple headings (e.g., Types of Writing Projects; Elements of the Paper; Punctuation and Grammar;
Improving your Writing, etc.).

Forms and Templates

Templates-Microsoft Office Online (Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA)
Public access. Forms and templates (e.g., business, legal, career, and others) are available for license owners of Office applications (e.g., Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, etc.). The Terms of Use and End User License Agreement (EULA) within the directory, Legal Footer, provide the guidelines for using Office forms and templates. Each download requires an acceptance of the EULA, and your PC must accept or already have an installed [Microsoft] ActiveX control.

Free templates for work, home, and play (Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA)
Public access--no cost. Template topics range from Agendas-to-Time sheets (with a link to More categories). Required--installed Microsoft Office programs (e.g., Word, Excel, Publisher, etc.) that match or is more recent than the formatted template. Note: Some template downloads require a Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) validation.

Free Business Forms.com (Macrotwin Company, Minneapolis, MN)
Public access. No-cost and commercial forms documents are available in various formats (e.g., HTML, .pdf, and .zip).

Language Translators

Babel Fish Translation (AltaVista/Overture Services, Inc., Pasadena, CA)
No cost for noncommercial use. Text and HTML translation for approximately 40 permutations of European- and Asian-based languages.

Text Examples (Spanish, French, Portuguese, and German)

  • Texto y opciones de la traducción del HTML para aproximadamente los lenguajes una docena.

  • Texte et options de traduction de HTML pour approximativement les langages une douzaine.

  • Texto e opções da tradução do HTML para aproximadamente as línguas uma dúzia.

  • Text und HTML-Übersetzung Optionen für ungefähr Sprachen ein Dutzend.

In addition, a Web site or directory can be translated by entering the URL. Commercial translation software is available.

SDL FreeTranslation.com (SDL, Maidenhead, UK)
Public access--ad-supported. No cost for noncommercial use. Obtain an online text translation by copying and pasting text into a text-box or use the keyboard to compose your text. Translation options include many European-based languages, and Russian and Japanese. Commercial translation services are available.

PROMT-Online (Smart Link Corp., Irvine, CA)
Public access--ad-supported.
No cost for noncommercial use. An online translation service for multiple languages, such as: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Russian. Commercial translation, including software, is available.

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