Reading, Writing, and Reference Links
Click any of the links below for reference resources specific to that topic.
Online Writing Labs (OWLs)
Below are links to a few OWLs that service students and faculty from colleges
and universities worldwide. Each site provides instructions on contacting and
receiving help with writing projects
English Department - essay
The Writing Centre, University
The University of
Victoria Writer’s Guide
Survival guides on topics such as avoiding plagiarism, APA and MLA documentation
and formatting, electronic research, report-writing techniques, and more.
Writing Lab OWL Handouts for students, indexed by topic.
Center at Rensselaer University
Handouts for students on citation styles, styles of writing, including special
topics for ESL students.
Below are several links to English as a Second Language resources available
on the Web.
A collection of fables for ESL students, to improve reading and comprehension
Rules for Using the Word
Some tips for deciding when to use the word "the."
Answers for Writers
of English as a Second Language
Discusses common ESL writing problems, and lists numerous writing resources
for ESL students.
A selection of various English idioms. Students can choose an English-language
idiom and learn how to use it correctly.
Below are links to Canadian online newspapers and magazines.
The Edmonton Journal
The Globe and Mail
The Montreal Gazette
The National Post
The Ottawa Citizen
The Toronto Star
The Vancouver Sun
The Brock Press
The McGill Tribune
The McGill Daily
Ryerson Polytechnic University
The Eye Opener
Simon Fraser News
University of British Columbia
Perspectives: B.C.’s First English-Chinese Student Newspaper
University of Calgary
University of Guelph
University of Ottawa
University of Regina
University of Toronto
The Varsity Online
University of Victoria
University of Waterloo
University of Western Ontario
Langara Journalism Review: The Voice
Alternative Online Magazines
Below are links to various useful online writing resources.
Application Letters and
Tips the University of Toronto Writing Centre for writing good application
letters and Resumes
to Online Documentation Style
A comprehensive manual that not only covers citation of online documents but
provides guidelines for producing them.
Where Does the Comma Go?
A Guide for the Perplexed
Help from Arnie Keller, who outlines steps for putting commas in the right
place and for keeping them out of the wrong place. A special bonus: help with
Excellent help for using the MLA citation format (from Grant MacEwan Community
Evaluate Internet Resources
The half dozen links collected on this York University site provide an invaluable
resource for assessing material found on the web, including critical thinking
and quality evaluation.
Garbl's Writing Resources
Links about grammar, style and usage, reference sources, plain language, active
English Grammar Quizzes
A wealth of resources on grammar quizzes for ESL students.
Guide to Grammar and Writing
This site is maintained by Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut,
and contains an extremely useful system of tests and lessons for writers with
a weak grasp of grammar, punctuation, and sentence sense.
Hit Parade of Errors
in Style, Grammar, and Punctuation
A collection of common writing errors and how to correct them.
Humboldt State University:
Buried Under Words?
This site is maintained by Humboldt State University and contains useful exercises
that teach writers how to reduce wordiness.
The University of Ottawa's online grammar manual reviews the parts of speech
and the standard rules of correctness and spelling. It also includes tests with
explanations of correct answers.
This University of Toronto site covers both MLA and APA parenthetical documentation,
traditional endnotes or footnotes, the numbered-note system, and electronic
Below are links to online research and reference resources. Some of the sites
listed below require subscription or may charge a fee for service.
Canadian & World Encyclopedia
A multimedia reference work that includes The Canadian Encyclopedia, The Columbia
Encyclopedia (5th ed.), a French-English/English-French dictionary, the Revised
and Expanded Gage Canadian Dictionary, the Enhanced Roget's Thesaurus, and over
500 Maclean's Magazine articles.
Canadian Resource Page
A directory of major and municipal Canadian libraries.
Search the biographies of more than 15 000 prominent Canadians by name, birth
date, city, or full text.
Interactive Roget's Thesaurus
Just enter the word for which you would like synonyms or antonyms, and this
search tool will automatically call them up.
Niagara College English
Department Web Site
This site offers students information about MLA and APA documentation, writing,
and how to avoid plagiarism.
Oxford English Dictionary
A subscription only, online version of the OED, known for its chronology of
quotations, showing the history of word usage and changes in the meanings
of words. Check with your librarian to see if your school subscribes to this
Web of On-Line
Search for a word or phrase in this database of 330 dictionaries in more than
100 languages, or browse R. Beard's extensive list of online professional and
foreign language dictionaries.
Who Happen to Be Canadian
Somewhat weighted toward entertainment figures, this site also includes brief
biographies of prominent Canadians in science, business, and literature.