Writing at Clark

Writing tools

Resources for Writers

Online Dictionaries and Thesauruses

Merriam-Webster Online
Your Dictionary.com
Roget's Thesaurus Online
Wordsmyth Online

Grammar/Punctuation/Style Handbooks

(*Available at the Writing Center for review.)

*Brief-Holt Handbook. Easy-to-use grammar, punctuation, and style handbook; also contains citation and documentation information.

*Hacker, Diana. A Writer's Reference. Another excellent grammar, punctuation, and style handbook. MLA, APA, and footnoting citation/documentation information as well as a section for ESL students.

Merriam-Webster's Guide to Punctuation and Style. Reference guide to grammar, punctuation, style, capitalization, plurals, and more.

Rozakis, Laurie. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Grammar and Style. Basic information regarding parts of speech, sentence structure, punctuation usage, paragraph structure, and style.

Stillman, Anne. Grammatically Correct: The Writer's Guide to Punctuation, Spelling, Style, Usage and Grammar. Easy-to-use reference manual that covers all aspects of grammar, paragraph structure, and style. Provides instruction, examples, and exercises.

Strunk, William and E.B. White. The Elements of Style. A must read for all serious writers, this style book deals with the finer points of writing (dos and don'ts, word choice, conventions of punctuation usage, and so on).

Citation/Documentation Resources

(*Available at the Writing Center for review.)

*Brief-Holt Handbook.

*Hacker, Diana. A Writer's Reference.

*Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 5th edition. Provides detailed information for documenting various sources, including electronic sources. Also provides sample entries.

Trimmer, Joseph. A Guide to MLA Documentation: With an Appendix on APA Style. Another good resource for citation/documentation information according to current MLA standards; also provides an appendix on APA (American Psychological Association) style.

Discipline-Specific Writing Texts


Barnet, Sylvan. A Short Guide to Writing about Art.


McMillan, Victoria E. Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences.

Pechenik, Jan A. A Short Guide to Writing about Biology.


Beall, Herbert and John Trimbur. A Short Guide to Writing about Chemistry.

Dodd, Janet S., editor. ACS Style Guide: A Manual for Authors and Editors.


Bellman, Jonathan. A Short Guide to Writing about Music.


Michaels, Anne. Writing to Learn: An Introduction to Writing Philosophical Essays.

Seech, Zachary. Writing Philosophy Papers.

Stramel, James. How to Write a Philosophy Paper.


Bellquist, John Eric. Guide to Grammar and Usage for Psychology and Related Fields.

Rosnow, Ralph L. and Mimi Rosnow. Writing Papers in Psychology.

Sternberg, Robert J., editor. Guide to Publishing in Psychology Journals.

Social Sciences

Staines, Gail M. Social Sciences Research: Writing Strategies for Students.