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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

Niagara College English Department - essay

The Writing Centre, University of Ottawa

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.

Purdue University Writing Lab OWL Handouts for students, indexed by topic.

Online Writing Center at Rensselaer University
Handouts for students on citation styles, styles of writing, including special topics for ESL students.

ESL Links

Below are several links to English as a Second Language resources available on the Web.

Fluency Through Fables
A collection of fables for ESL students, to improve reading and comprehension of English.

Rules for Using the Word "The"
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.

Reading Links

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

Campus Newspapers

Brock University
The Brock Press

Carleton University
Centretown News

Humber College
Et Cetera

Langara College
The Voice

McGill University
The McGill Tribune

The McGill Daily

McMaster University
The Silhouette

The Argosy

Queen's University
Golden Words

Ryerson Polytechnic University
The Eye Opener

The Ryersonian

Simon Fraser News

University of British Columbia
Perspectives: B.C.’s First English-Chinese Student Newspaper

The Ubyssey

University of Calgary
The Gauntlet

University of Guelph
The Ontarion

University of Ottawa
The Fulcrum

University of Regina
The Carillon

University of Toronto
The Underground

The Varsity Online

University of Victoria
The Martlet

University of Waterloo

University of Western Ontario
The Gazette

York University

Campus Magazines

Langara Journalism Review: The Voice


Alternative Online Magazines

Writing Help

Below are links to various useful online writing resources.

Application Letters and Resumes
Tips the University of Toronto Writing Centre for writing good application
letters and Resumes

Columbia Guide 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 semicolons.

Documentation Techniques-MLA Format
Excellent help for using the MLA citation format (from Grant MacEwan Community College).

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 Online
Links about grammar, style and usage, reference sources, plain language, active writing, etc.

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.

Standard Documentation Formats
This University of Toronto site covers both MLA and APA parenthetical documentation, traditional endnotes or footnotes, the numbered-note system, and electronic sources.

Reference Links

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 Culture

Canadiana:The Canadian Resource Page

Canadian Public Libraries
A directory of major and municipal Canadian libraries.

CanadianWho's Who 2001
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 service.

Web of On-Line Dictionaries
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.

Well-Known People Who Happen to Be Canadian
Somewhat weighted toward entertainment figures, this site also includes brief biographies of prominent Canadians in science, business, and literature.


Student Resources

Bare Bones Writer's Grammar

Glossary: Key Words for a Writer's Grammar

Answer to Question in Chapter 5

Readings - The Place of Run-Ons and Dashes in Writing

Readings - Public Grammar and Private Grammar

Feedback Sheets

Link to Editor Software

MLA Documentation

Reading, Writing, Reference Links