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Links and Resources

You always need a good dictionary. These two are available online:

Oxford Dictionaries Online

Collins Dictionary Online

Collins offers a British English and an American English option on the same page. It is always a good idea to check whether you are using a word in an American sense (and an American spelling – which editors tend to pounce on).

This is a definitive American English dictionary:

American Heritage Dictionary Online

If you donít have a style guide, this is a good starting point (it gives good advice on using plain English):

Government Communication and Information Style guide

If you need help with referencing you can consult this for the Harvard style:

University of Cape Town/Harvard Referencing guide

This document gives you the Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA) and the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) referencing styles:

MLA, APA and CMS Referencing(PDF)

At some point someone who cares about plain honest writing will advise you to read George Orwellís article "Politics and the English Language". It was written in 1946, but it is as valid today as it was then. If you havenít read it yet, here it is:

George Orwell: "Politics and the English language"(PDF)

There are many free English tutorials and aids online. The Oxford Dictionary offers its own grammar reference. This is a good place to start, because most South African publishers regard the Oxford University Press as their basic reference when their own style guide doesnít cover something you need to deal with:

Oxford Dictionaries Grammar Reference

Here are some other sites you may find useful:


Better English Lessons

Daily Grammar Lessons

BBC Skillswise

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