The Compact Oxford English Dictionary is a one-volume reproduction readable with an included magnifying glass. It’s not your everyday dictionary, but it’s a valuable, exhaustive reference.


The New Oxford American Dictionary suits routine use.

Style manuals

The classic Elements of Style is illustrated by the delightful Maira Kalman in this unforgettable edition.


APA style is found in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.


AP followers use The Associated Press Stylebook.


The Chicago Manual of Style


GPO style is outlined in the Style Manual: an Official Guide to the Form and Style of Federal Government Publishing.


A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations is widely used in academia.


The Elements of Legal Style


Words into Type is an all-purpose style manual.

General usage

The Columbia Guide to Standard American English


The New Fowler’s Modern English Usage updates the original Fowler’s for contemporary writers.


Garner’s Modern American Usage

Writing and grammar

Several Short Sentences About Writing is a revelation for anyone who wants to write with grace.


Spunk & Bite uses wit, plenty of examples, and exercises to improve writing skills.


The Elements of Grammar


Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog is a charming tutorial on how to diagram a sentence.


The Elements of Editing

Trade associations

Editorial Freelancers Association logo
Editorial Freelancers Association

Society for Editors and Proofreaders logo
Society for Editors and Proofreaders

American Translators Association logo
American Translators Association

Schoolhouse Rock! teaches the parts of speech and other grammar issues









Subjects and Predicates