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Literature in English: Dictionaries, Glossaries, and Grammar

Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
This classic reference source gives "the derivation, source, or origin of common phrases, allusions, and words that have a tale to tell."

Merriam-Webster OnLine Dictionary and Thesaurus
Merriam-Webster OnLine provides a free, searchable online dictionary and thesaurus that is convenient and easy to use.

Webster's Online Dictionary, Rosetta Edition
Webster’s classic 1913 unabridged dictionary with updated and added definitions, thousands of images, quotes, trade names, references, timelines, translations, magazine articles, and other sources of information to explain a word or terms from many perspectives.

This site contains over 800 dictionaries in many different languages. Also included are thesauri and other vocabulary aids.

Onelook Dictionaries
Search more than 970 dictionaries simultaneously for definitions or translations.

Middle English Compendium
Provides easy access and interconnectivity to three major Middle English electronic sources: an electronic version of the Middle English Dictionary, a HyperBibliography of Middle English prose and verse, and an associated network of electronic resources.

A Glossary of Literary Terms
Provides definitions of literary terms along with literary examples to illustrate the definitions.

A Handbook of Rhetorical Devices
Provides definitions of rhetorical terms along with literary examples to illustrate the definitions.

Gale Group's Glossary of Literary Terms
Provides definitions, occasional examples, and links to related terms in the glossary.

Literary Vocabulary
In addition to an online list of terms and definitions, this site provides a good bibliography to printed resources on literary terms.

Chicago Manual of Style
A standard reference source for grammar and style. A Quick Citation section is freely available, as is an extensive, searchable Q&A section answering many points about grammar. The full text of the online Chicago Manual of Style is available via paid subscription.

Online English Grammar
Includes explanations of parts of speech, grammatical questions, punctuation, and other related topics.

Online Resources for Writers
A list of links provided by the Guide to Grammar and Writing to useful sites for grammar, writing research papers, style manuals, proofreading, etc.

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