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There are a vast number of informative web sites on the World Wide Web that offer assistance to writers at all stages of the writing process. Categories of sites include the following:
Online Journals and Texts
Edith Garland Dupre Library This site for the library of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette contains relevant links to research. The library subscribes to online databases, journals, and other resources that can be used for University of Louisiana students and faculty. The “Instructional Guides and Tutorials” page provides information on MLA and APA styles, as well as information on evaluating Web sources, distinguishing between scholarly and non-scholarly sources, and avoiding plagiarism.
A Writer's Reference This companion web site for the sixth edition of Diana Hacker's A Writer's Reference is an excellent resource for anyone with questions about writing.
Writing Assistance
Common Errors in English In understandable terms, this site explains the differences between words that are often confused for one another.
  • Self-Study ESL Quizzes Numerous quizzes, exercises, and puzzles to help students studying English as a second language.
  • Merriam-Webster Online One can easily check spelling or find synonyms with this online version of the popular Merriam-Webster's Dictionary and Thesaurus.
  • University of Minnesota's Online Grammar Handbook is, according to the site, “a highly useful directory of links that lead to literally millions of online materials about writing, grammar, argument, literature, reading and thinking, and many other writing-related subjects." It claims that it provides “more resources about college writing than almost any other writing resource on the web.” 
  • Purdue University's Online Writing Lab provides help with writing projects of all kinds, including resumes, memos, technical reports, letters, and essays (in all disciplines). It also provides a wealth of resources on the mechanics of writing. Students will find the pages devoted to MLA and APA citation styles particularly helpful.
  • Grammar Bytes is a collection of Exercises, Handouts, Presentations, Videos, and Tip Sheets for students looking for a fun way to learn the rules of grammar and mechanics.
  • Exercise Central (Bedford/St Martin's Press) is a collection of exercises and tutorials on matters of grammar and mechanics.
Citing/Formatting Guidelines
  • MLA Style and APA Style. These sites from Purdue University's Online Writing Lab contain guidelines for these two popular styles of documentation.
  • MLA Online The Modern Language Association's site contains basic information on MLA documentation style and tips for using the style.
  • American Psychological Association. The American Psychological Association's site contains basic information on APA documentation style and tips for using the style.
  • Style Manual Guides This site, from the John F. Kennedy Memorial University Library, offers formatting guidelines on AAA, APA, ASA, MLA, Chicago, and Turabian writing formats. It also contains assistance with the writing process.
  • Internet Citation Guide The University of Wisconsin-Madison created this guide to citing electronic sources in research papers and bibliographies. It contains hints on MLA and other styles including APA, Chicago, Turabian, APSA, and NLM.
  • Necessities in Academics: An Educational Guide to Citation Styles This helpful site offers links that address a variety of concerns regarding citation styles across a variety of fields and professions.

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