General Reference Sites for Writers

Online destinations every writer should have bookmarked. Find synonyms, stats, translations, and more.

  • Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) features over 130 informative articles on grammar usage, sentence construction, non-sexist writing, and other English language issues. The site also offers a special article section on professional writing topics.
  • Reference.com is a one-stop-shop of almanacs, atlases, thesauri, encyclopedias, and of course, dictionaries.
  • Webster's Dictionary On-Line is a tried and true old standard.
  • Your Dictionary links to over 800 dictionaries and thesauri in 150 languages.
  • Visit the University of Michigan's "Statistical Resources on the Web" for a comprehensive guide to getting the facts and figures you need.
  • Need a foreign language translation fast? Alta Vista's Babel Fish can translate entire web pages or specific text you enter. French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and English translations are supported.
  • One of the most comprehensive reference portals on the web, Refdesk.com, features subject-specific dictionaries (medical, legal, scientific), language translators, encyclopedias, phone books, almanacs, news links, style books, and much much more. It may not be pretty, and the page could use a little further organization for ease of use, but if you can't find a fact here, you probably can't find it online anywhere.
  • Have fun finding just the right word with The Visual Thesaurus, one of the coolest online tools for writers. A great free-form idea generator for brainstorming sessions and creative exploration.

Wordcrafts' Quotes

Writing Comprehension

"One of the few ways I can almost be certain I'll understand something is by sitting down and writing about it. Because by forcing yourself to write about it and putting it down in words, you can't avoid having to come to grips with it. You might be wrong, but you have to think about it very intensely to write about it. So I use writing as a learning tool."

— Hunter S. Thompson

Getting to Know You

"The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it."

— Benjamin Disraeli

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