Language Reference Tools

Many of these websites containing reference materials of all kinds have been gathered from's Reference Pick of the Day.


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Language Reference Tools
Ask Oxford--This site by the Oxford University Press allows you to ask questions about the English language to linguistic experts.
Bartleby--This resource provides a practical and authoritative guide to contemporary English. With a detailed look at grammar, style, diction, word formation, gender, social groups and scientific forms, this valuable reference work is ideal for students, writers, academicians and anybody concerned about proper writing style.
Book Finder--Type the book in that you’re looking for and this site will find it for you.
Classic Reader--At this site, you can read, search, and annotate great works of literature by authors such as Dickens, Tolstoy, Shakespeare, and many others
Dave's ESL Cafe--The Internet's Meeting Place for ESL/EFL Students and Teachers from Around the World
Digital Education Network--free online English grammar resources
Dover Publications--This site gives samples of the sites favorite children’s literature books.
February Fun.--This site has creative activities involving art, math, science,creative writing, and language arts for upper and lower elementary aged children.
Guide to Grammar & Writing--Site provides a  grammar resource guide that will walk you through the basics of good sentence structure and paragraph development
Lycos Zone--instant English to Spanish translator; also other languages
Phrases--This site provides word resources, including: Meanings and Origins of Phrases, sayings, clichés, proverbs and quotations. Other features are Euphemisms, Popular Fallacies and phrases with Biblical origins.
Sensational Strategies for Teaching Beginning Readers-- based on phonetic and multi-sensory method of reading instruction
Spell Check--This site is a spellchecker on the Internet.
Tennessee Bob's Famous French Links
The Cambridge History of English and American Literature--Considered the most important work of literary history and criticism ever published, the Cambridge History contains over 303 chapters and 11,000 pages, with essay topics ranging from poetry, fiction, drama and essays to history, theology and political writing. The set encompasses a wide selection of writing on orators, humorists, poets, newspaper columnists, religious leaders, economists, Native Americans, song writers, and even non-English writing, such as Yiddish and Creole.
Where Do Languages Come From?--find out by clicking on this link and language-related products and services on the web with more than 1800 dictionaries with more than 250 languages.
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