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STYLE AND USAGE RESOURCES
The American Heritage Book of English Usage
One of several resources available, this is for grammar rules, style, diction, word formation, gender, and scientific forms. This online version is based on the 1996 edition.
The AP (Associated Press) Style Guide—The Basics
This five-page quick reference guide is taken from The Associated Press Stylebook (6th edition). A handy tool for writers and editors who work with newspapers and magazines that require AP style.www.scribd.com/doc/2664713/
APA (American Psychological Association) OWL Formatting & Style Guide
APA is most commonly used to cite sources within publications in the social sciences, and the OWL website at Purdue University offers easy-to-use examples for formatting APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
Bryan Garner’s English Language Usage Tips
Sign up for free daily usage tips via e-mail from Bryan Garner, author of Garner’s Modern American Usage and A Dictionary of Modern American Usage. He’s readable, interesting, witty, and lively. Anyone who wants to use words wisely and well needs to get to know Bryan Garner. When you’re at the site, under “Daily & Weekly Newsletters,” check “Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day.”www.oup.com/us/subscriptions/subscribe/?view=usa/
The Chicago Manual of Style Online Free Q&A
Go online and browse or search for questions and answers from Chicago Manual of Style. You can also sign up for free monthly e-mail Q&A alerts with new questions that are answered on this site.
Citation Style for Research Papers
A handy color-coded guide to the most common citation styles used in academic work (APA, Turabian, MLA, Chicago, and AMA).
Common Errors in English
Paul Brian’s list includes a huge, amusing compilation of commonly—and not so commonly—mangled expressions, confusing terms, faux pas, and mispronounced words.
The Elements of Style by Strunk & White
This classic reference book was first written in 1918, but its principles of plain English style and rules of usage and composition are still relevant today.
MLA Formatting and Style Guide—The OWL at Purdue University
Based on the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (6th edition) and MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (2nd edition), the folks at the OWL at Purdue have once again provided easy-to-use examples for the MLA (Modern Language Association) style, which is the most common style used to write academic papers and to cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities.
U.S. Government Printing Office Style Manual
This entire style manual of the U.S. government, or specific chapters, can be viewed or printed by selecting “Browse” and then choosing either HTML or PDF file format.
This site offers both a dictionary and thesaurus. Many publishers list Merriam-Webster as their preferred dictionary.
OneLook searches many online dictionaries at once and even acronym databases, and it enables you to do wildcard searches without having to memorize those pesky codes. OneLook even includes a Reverse Dictionary function that allows you to describe a concept and get back a list of words related to that concept.
This is a dictionary/search engine for computer and Internet technology definitions.
This site provides dictionary, thesauri, quotes, references, translations, and Spanish terms. Easy and fast searches give you access to quick and easy word substitutions.
Proofreader’s marks, prepress dos and don’ts, halftoning tips, Photoshop tips, illustrator tips, PDF and HTML tips and tricks are provided with a wealth of links to many other editing techniques for those using MS Word.
Proofreader’s Marks Printable PDF
Here’s a complete one-page printable PDF with columns showing: “Correction,” “Text Mark,” and “Mark in Margin.”
GRAPHIC DESIGN RESOURCES
Graphic Artists Guild
The Graphic Artists Guild is committed to improving conditions for all graphic artists (including, but not limited to: animators, cartoonists, designers, illustrators, and digital artists) and raising standards for the entire industry. The Guild embraces graphic artists at all skill levels.
OTHER ONLINE RESOURCES FOR FREELANCERS
Bay Area Editors’ Forum
BAEF offers resources for freelancers, including how to find the right editor and what editors do.
Copyediting Newsletter and Copyeditor.com
Copyeditor.com is the companion site to the newsletter, and it includes a searchable jobs board, postings of audio conferences, and other online trainings available to newsletter subscribers.
Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA)
EFA includes a variety of resources for freelancers. Particularly useful is a rate chart of industry standard hourly and flat-rate fees for editors, proofreaders, indexers, project managers, and writers (see Resources | Rate Chart).
Freelance Editorial Agreement Template
Created by the Editors’ Association of Canada (EAC) and made available in downloadable formats (Word, WPD, PDF), this template spells out the nature of an agreement between an editor and a client, detailing editorial responsibilities, fees, deadlines, and other terms. The agreement may be used as is or customized to suit the job.
The New York Times Newsroom Navigator
This is an unbelievably complete list of every imaginable online resource . . . really!
Sample Rates for Freelance Publishing Work
Check out this great article by Lynn Wasnak, “Beyond the Basics: How Much Should I Charge?”
An information-rich resource for seasoned and aspiring professional writers for finding out where and how to sell your writing.
RESOURCES FOR INDEXERS
Indexers have to know how to research names—the correct spelling of names, whether a “last name” really is a family name or is a given name, and what to do when conflicting name information appears in a book. Here’s one resource.
American Society for Indexing
ASI is a national association founded in 1968 to promote excellence in indexing and increase awareness of the value of well-written and well-designed indexes. As a national professional organization, it is devoted solely to the advancement of indexing, abstracting, and related methods of information retrieval. The site characterizes indexing as “work . . . not recommended to those who lack an orderly mind and a capacity for taking pains. A good index is a minor work of art but it is also the product of clear thought and meticulous care.”
Library of Congress Authorities Website
For people who are working as indexers, this is a useful site when you’re trying to figure out how a foreign name (or any name, for that matter) should appear in your index.
Training In Indexing Course—ASI
Available only to American Society for Indexing (ASI) members, this is a distance-learning course.
The University of California-Berkeley Extension offers a class on indexing.
COURSES AND CONTINUING EDUCATION
Alice Levine Editorial Services
Whether you want to hone your editing or writing skills or make a career transition into the publishing field, Alice Levine’s entertaining, yet professional, classes cover a wide range of topics and levels.