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Online Resources

Please see below for some online resources you can consult on a range of writing topics.  We make every effort to be current, but sometimes links change.  We appreciate your patience with any unworkable links.  Please email writingcenter at duq.edu, if you find broken links or have suggestions for links to add.

Check out our print writing and research resources, too.

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Purdue Online Writing Lab


The Purdue OWL is a great resource for advice on all things writing.  It provides links to explanations of a wide variety of topics, from creating a thesis statement to developing an outline; from citing sources in MLA and APA to writing cover letters, memos, and scientific documents; from starting the writing process to quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing.  This web site is a good first stop for clearly comprehensible discussions of writing topics.


International Writing Centers Association: Resources for Writers


The IWCA offers links to resources on language, style, citation, and a variety of other writing issues.  A hub of writing center activity, the IWCA web site can be a good starting place when looking for resources on writing center work.




Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing


This is a fun web site for seeking answers to nagging grammar questions.  Grammar Girl offers podcasts on a host of grammar topics, from the correct use of single and double quotation marks and the difference between affect and effect to the correct use of prepositions and the difference between i.e. and e.g..  Explanations are provided as audio podcasts and written transcripts.


University of Illinois Grammar Handbook


The Grammar Handbook offers explanations of basic parts of speech (e.g., nouns, verbs, adjectives) and sentence elements (e.g., direct and indirect objects), as well as common usage problems (e.g., homonyms, run-on sentences).  It provides examples to help illustrate each grammatical concept.




University of Illinois APA Citation Handbook


The APA citation handbook provides explanations of how to cite specific kinds of sources in APA style.  It provides examples of each that offer models for what these citations look like.  These examples are broken down into easily searchable categories (e.g., citing articles in weekly periodicals, citing a chapter in an edited collection).


APA Style: Electronic References


The APA web site provides the most up-to-date information on how to cite electronic sources in APA style.  Because guidelines regarding electronic sources can change rapidly, this site provides a useful resource for the latest conventions.


Long Island University APA Citation Style


This web site from Long Island University offers clear examples of APA citations for different types of sources.


University of Illinois MLA Citation Handbook


The MLA citation handbook provides explanations of how to cite specific kinds of sources in MLA style.  It provides examples of each that offer models for what these citations look like.  These examples are broken down into easily searchable categories (e.g., citing corporate authors, citing items in an anthology).


Ohio State MLA Citation Style Guide


This web site from the Ohio State libraries offers clear examples of MLA citations for different types of sources.  It is available in pdf format for easy printing.


Chicago Style Citation Guide


This web site companion to The Chicago Manual of Style provides examples for both Chicago documentation systems: notes and bibliography (generally used in the humanities) and author-date (generally used in the sciences).


Dictionaries and Thesauri



This web site offers a searchable dictionary, thesaurus, and encyclopedia.  Results are provided from multiple different sources (e.g., multiple different dictionaries).  The site offers handy links to what citations of results would look like in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles.


Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus


This web site offers online searchable versions of Merriam-Webster’s dictionary and thesaurus.


Visual Thesaurus


A new spin on the traditional thesaurus, this web site provides a visual representation of the relationships between synonyms.  While you must now pay to subscribe to the full service (it used to be free!), you can look up a few terms for free.





Gumberg Library


The library's web site provides a good first step in conducting research. If you have questions, feel free to ask a librarian.



Gumberg Library Databases


This site provides links, organized by title and subject, to the databases to which Gumberg Library subscribes, many of which offer full-text articles.


Google Scholar


A preferable alternative to regular Google, Google Scholar screens its search results to provide those from scholarly publications, making its results more suitable to use in an academic paper.  There is a link to Google Scholar on the Gumberg Library home page, http://www.sites.duq.edu/library/index.shtml.


Directory of Open Access Journals


This web site provides links to free, full-text scholarly journal articles.


Find Articles


Find Articles provides access to free (and premium) full-text news, magazine, and reference sources.



Internet Public Library


The IPL provides access to free, full-text books.




The Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. E-ZBorrow system allows you to request books from academic libraries across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and West Virginia.



AccessPA provides access to academic and public libraries across Pennsylvania.



Source Evaluation

Librarians' Internet Index


The LII provides links to librarian-approved web sites on a wide variety of subjects.




This web site allows you to determine who registered a domain name for a web site to help you determine its credibility.