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Composition & Cultural Rhetoric: Other Resources

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These resources may be helpful in pointing you to specific articles, books, publications and websites that can assist in your research.

  • Reading Lists and Bibliographies
  • Writing Guides and Style Manuals

Writing Guides & Style Manuals

Bibliographic form:

  • Gibaldi, Joseph.  MLA handbook for writers of research papers. 6th ed.  New York : Modern Language Association of America, 2003.  REF LB 2369 .G53 2003.
  • MLA style manual and guide to scholarly publishing. 2nd ed.  New York : Modern Language Association of America, 1998.  REF PN 147 .G444 1998  Ready Reference.
  • Shields, Nancy E.  Where Credit is Due:  A Guide to Proper Citing of Sources--Print and Nonprint. 2nd ed.  Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 1997.  REF PN 171 .F56 S35 1997
  • Walker, Janice R. and Todd Taylor. The Columbia Guide to Online Style.  New York:  Columbia University Press, 2006.  REF PN 171 .F56 W35 2006


    • Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation 
    • Provides commonsense guidance on grammar and punctuation.  Subchapters on common problems:  e.g., subject/verb agreement, hyphens, apostrophes, etc.
    • The Elements of Style
      Based on William Strunk, Jr.'s 1998 reference book, this site covers rules of usage, principles of composition, and other helpful writing tips.
    • Guide to Grammar & Writing 
      Advice on grammar, punctuation, and usage questions arranged in drop-down menus under six headings:  e.g., "Word & Sentence Level," "Paragraph Level," "Essay & Research Paper Level," etc.

See also the following print sources:

  • Burchfield, R. W.  The New Fowler's Modern English Usage. 
    3rd ed. Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 1998.  REF PE 1628 .F65 1998  Definitions of terms interspersed with discussions of use and misuse of words, parts of speech, etc.  Many entries distinguish between related or like-sounding words: e.g., affect/effect, childish/childlike, etc.
  • The Chicago Manual of Style. 
    15th ed.  Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2003.  REF Z253 .U69 2003  Located at Bird Library Reference Desk.  Practical information on all aspects of manuscript preparation, copyediting, and seeing a work through the press.
  • Luey, Beth.  Handbook for Academic Authors. 
    4th ed.  Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 2002.  REF PN 146 .L84 2002  Chapters devoted to journal articles, revising a dissertation for publication, finding a publisher for scholarly books and college textbooks.  Advice on manuscript preparation.
  • New York Public Library Writer's Guide to Style and Usage. 
    New York:  HarperCollins, 1994.  REF PE 1421 .N46 1994  Chapters on usage, grammar, style, manuscript preparation, production and printing.

Nonsexist Usage:

    • Maggio, Rosalie. Talking About People: A Guide to Fair and Accurate Language.     Phoenix, AZ:  Oryx, 1997.  REF P 301 .M33 1997


    • Miller, Casey and Kate Swift.  The Handbook of Nonsexist Writing.  2nd ed.  New York:  Harper & Row, 1988.  REF PN 218 .M5 1988


  • Schwartz, Marilyn.  Guidelines for Bias-Free Writing.  2nd ed.  Bloomington:  Indiana University Press, 1995.  REF PE 1460 .S474 1995

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