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Become a volunteer proofreader for Project Gutenberg, putting thousands of copyright free books on the Internet. There is no obligation to fulfill, you simply ask for a page or two when you have spare time or are willing to find time for a quick proofreading job. And perhaps you might consider input of a book contribution.

The official website for the famous American Psychological Association Manual of Style, the most well-known member of the Style Manual Big Three. The current website (January 2015) has a very useful section titled "APA Style Help." I previously recommended that no one use secondary sources for answers to questions on APA format, but the current manual is neither as helpful nor as comprehensive as previous editions. I now gratefully accept APA tips from other reliable sources, e.g., major university websites. See my review of the 6th ed. (2012) at http://stensrude.com/wred.html#APA

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) has become my go-to for quickie answers to APA formatting questions. The new APA manual is short on quick, useful examples, and OWL takes up the slack nicely.

The official website for another member of the Style Manual Big Three, the Modern Language Association, that publishes manuals for student papers and scholarly publishing. The website primarily promotes the publications, with no actual formatting information, with one exception. The FAQs page offers quick answers to 12 most frequently asked questions.

The official website for the third, and perhaps most important, member of the Style Manual Big Three, The University of Chicago Press. What makes Chicago so important is that the other two will refer you to Chicago in the event you don't find your answers within their pages. Chicago is not one format, but general rules for a number of possible publishing formats. The website includes an entertaining and informative question-and-answer section that changes regularly. A really useful addition within the past few years is a subscription to the manual's online text, which is continuously updated. I have come to prefer this subscription to the hard copy that sells for about $50. For a $30 annual subscription, I know I am always getting the most recent information.

The official website of Writer's Digest, America's most popular magazine for writers. There is a lot of information on this website, as well as resource lists.

This website probably has links to all the resources that I have discovered and more.

http://www.bartleby.com The complete text of some great reference works, including the first edition of Fowler's Modern English Usage, which is not so much a practical reference work as it is a hoot to read.

http://www.blib.utexas.edu/maps Maps, maps, and more maps from the university's extensive collection and from other sites, including the CIA site, which is a great source for political, economic, and social information on any country in the world.

http://www.wisdomquotes.com/ Thousands of thoughts uttered by the great, the wise, and the famous and gathered by site owner Jone Johnson Lewis, who warns, "I try to be selective in picking quotes, including only those quotes that I find challenging or inspiring or interesting—in other words, reflecting my own tastes and philosophy."

A magnificent way to share books with the world.

A great way to catalog your library without buying software.

The website of writer C. M. Mayo. Check out her Workshop page of 5-minute writing exercises—.

Time To Write is author Jurgen Wolff's website that offers "tips, ideas, inspirations for writers and would-be writers and other creative people." His tips are sound, and of particular interest are his methods for making money at writing that have worked for him. He is thoughtful, literate, and entertaining.

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