9: An Annotated List of Reference Websites
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
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.
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
Provides definitions of literary terms along with literary examples
to illustrate the definitions.
A Handbook of
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
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,