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Warning: many of these sites use American English.
Schools - Worldwide business schools directory
Study Abroad GSE offers summer, quarter, semester, and year-long
study abroad programs in Europe, Australia, and South America.
differences between American and British spelling.
University Online Writing Lab serves writers from around the
Errors In English - although written by an American, most of
his pointers are good. Ignore any that are clearly Americanisms.
Dictionaries, Style Manuals, and Grammar and Editing Sites
Word List - As an aid to enhance academic vocabulary, this site
divides the Academic World List (the most common 808 words in academic
texts in English, excluding the most frequent 2000 words in English)
into eleven levels. http://www.vuw.ac.nz/lals/research/awl/
- The Oxford English Dictionary, the most thorough and comprehensive
dictionary in print, is not available online. However, its editors
have put together this site, which offers valuable and sometimes
surprising information on language, including tools for writers
and students of writing. http://www.askoxford.com/
Familiar Quotations - Part of the Bartelby project (a collection
of great books online), the quotations are readily searchable. http://www.bartleby.com/100/
Dictionaries Online - This site provides both a definition and
a sample sentence for each word you enter in the search window.
To access the site, you'll need a CalNet ID and passphrase. http://dictionary.cambridge.org/
The Compleat Lexical
Tutor - To research your own word usage, visit this site. http://www.lextutor.ca/
- This online dictionary offers an easily searchable database,
and produces fast and thorough results. http://www.dictionary.com
Britannica - You have to register and pay to retrieve full-text
articles from this site, but it's a fast and easy way to search
for encyclopedia entries without resorting to a trip to the library.
Links All in One - Over nine hundred online dictionaries and
glossaires are indexed on this site. Type in the word and enter,
then click on the dictionary you want to check. You can check etymology
- Begun in 1971 by Michael Hart at the University of Illinois,
Project Guttenberg puts full texts of books onto the web for free.
Thus far, over six thousand ebooks are available through the project,
and hundreds are added every week. http://www.promo.net/pg/
Thesaurus - Sponsored by the University of Chicago, Roget's
Thesaurus is the resource for writers looking for the right word.
and White's Elements of Style - Also sponsored by the Bartelby
project, Elements of Style is considered by some to be the most
effective and handy style manual for writers. http://www.bartleby.com/141/index.html
- This vast and useful site offers thousands of links to resources
for writers. It's not just about grammar; there are research tools
here for subjects across the curriculum. http://www.webgrammar.com/
Profiler - Paste in your own text to view an analysis of the
type of words used from the 2000 most frequently used words and
the Academic Word List of 880 words most frequently used in academic
texts across the disciplines. http://www.lextutor.ca/vp/eng/
Links for Book Reviews
- Granta is a British quarterly publication of short fiction and
essays. Although most of its authors are British, American readers
will find plenty here to explore. Each issue has a theme (recent
issues have included "The Overheating World," "Celebrity,"
and "What We Think of America"). http://www.granta.com/
- McSweeney's is the online home of the literary magazine of
the same name. This website is updated frequently with fiction,
poetry, essays, and miscellaneous diversions such as "Interviews
with Barbers" and "Sumotalk." Quirky and entertaining.
The New York Review
of Books - Arguably one of the most influential and wide-reaching
book review publications, The New York Review's website offers capsule
reviews and previews of the content of current and upcoming issues.
New York Times Book Section - The Times is famous for its book
reviews, which can make or break an author's reputation. The reviews
are generally thorough and well-researched, making this an excellent
place to research your book-buying and reading. One-time registration
is required to use this site. http://www.nytimes.com/pages/books/index.html
Voice Literary Supplement - Published quarterly, the VLS reviews
current fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Its criticism is erudite
and often sharply funny. http://www.villagevoice.com/vls/
Links for Publishing and Literary Research
& Writers Magazine - Poets & Writers is a bi-monthly
print magazine for creative writers. Its website includes a list
of calls for submissions from literary magazine editors, anthology
editors, and small presses. You can also find grant information
here, as well as information about writer's colonies and writing
Zuzu's Petals Literary Resource -
This wide-ranging site features more than ten thousand links for
creative writers, including information on literary magazines, grants,
censorship, and film resources, and information for parents, teachers,
researchers, and librarians. It also showcases recent literary news
and events. http://zuzu.com/
Events, Grants, Workshops, and Forums
of American Poets - This venerable organization promotes the
reading and writing of poetry among a wider American audience. The
website offers information about grants, scholarships, and awards,
along with a very useful "Find a Poet" feature that links
you to biographies, poems, and online exhibitions. http://www.poets.org/index.cfm
Loaf - Bread Loaf, America's most prestigious writing workshop,
takes place annually at Middlebury College in Vermont. For undergraduates,
scholarships are available. http://www.middlebury.edu/blwc/
Network - Chronicles Network is a forum for discussion of science
fiction and fantasy. The website allows writers to post pieces for
critique and feedback by members. http://www.chronicles-network.com/
Craigslist is a vast online community for the Bay Area. Here, you
can find community discussions about writing as well as information
about writing groups and writing workshops. http://www.craigslist.org
- Located in San Francisco's Mission District and founded by
Dave Eggers of McSweeney's, 826 Valencia is a nonprofit writing
center for young people from eight to eighteen years old. The center
offers tutoring and writing workshops in creative writing, expository
writing, and ESL run by a volunteer staff. http://www.826valencia.org
- The "Literary Calendar for the West", Poetry Flash
offers an exhaustive listing of readings, workshops, and literary
events for Northern and Southern California (and it's not just about
poetry readings; fiction and nonfiction are featured here as well).
Station Literary Arts - A clearinghouse for information about
literary events in addition to a being a place to search for a writing
group or book club, this site also features interviews with local
Books - A San Francisco Landmark, this Beat Generation era
bookstore is still a worthwhile expedition for any writer interested
in the literary history of the Bay Area. http://www.citylights.com/
Books - Located on Telegraph Avenue just south of campus, Moe's
has been a part of the campus community since the sixties and has
five floors of used and new books on nearly every topic you can
Books - Pegasus, an independent bookstore, has two locations
in Berkeley: one in North Berkeley near the Alameda, and another
at the corner of Durant and Shattuck, a few blocks from campus.
Small Press Distribution
- This company is one of the only book distributors in the world
dedicated to distributing fiction, poetry, and nonfiction from small
presses. The catalog is available online, and their West Berkeley
location offers occasional warehouse sales and author events. http://www.spdbooks.org/