FREE RESOURCES FOR AUTHORS
I have compiled a list of valuable websites that discuss different aspects of the English language. The resources listed here are aimed at a wide range of writers — from those who are still learning English language basics to those who are self-proclaimed grammar nerds.
Magnum Proofreading’s Blog is a growing virtual library that offers writers free self-proofreading tips. Articles range from simple discussions about commonly confused words to in-depth lessons on how parts of speech operate.
Capitalize My Title is an excellent resource if you are unsure whether any given word in a title should be capitalized. Simply enter your text, and the site will generate a properly capitalized title.
Daily Writing Tips is an excellent resource for strong writers who want to deepen their understanding of the English language. This site’s contributors really know their stuff. Some of their material must be paid for, but their free daily online articles are great.
English Forums is a great site if you have a question you would like to ask about the English language. Even if you do not have a specific question to ask, simply reading through the forums and articles on this site can be educational.
Grammar Girl has some good advice on grammar and some interesting factoids about how language works and how it changes. The information is presented in a conversational blog format which should be refreshing for those who find textbook-style writing too dry.
Grammarly’s Handbook has several easy-to-understand articles that tackle basic and intermediate-level grammar topics. For those who can speak and write English fluently but who willingly admit that their grammar is not all that great, this resource should be very helpful.
Grammarphobia’s Blog has a lot of informative articles about the subtleties of the English language that will interest grammar enthusiasts.
The Purdue OWL helps students ensure they are writing in an academic tone and offers advice on how to properly cite sources and write reference pages in several styles.
Seat Up has published a very informative article on writing poetry, which is a great way for English speakers of any skill level improve their English by exploring vocabulary, sentence structure, and syntax.
Stack Exchange has an English Language & Usage site which has answers to a lot of difficult questions.
ThoughtCo has a really interesting and informative English grammar section on their website.
The University of Manchester’s Academic Phrasebank is the best free academic phrasebank I have seen online. Non-native English speakers who produce research articles will find this site very useful.
With the exception of Magnum Proofreading’s blog, the links given here are to third-party websites. Magnum Proofreading has no official affiliation with or any kind of control over any of these websites.