"The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart." - Maya Angelou

Carefully chosen and properly cited quotations are often a great way to add depth to your writing assignment. The library has several print volumes available for you to consult, or you could try using one of the following to locate an appropriate quote.

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations - Bartlett's is the standard reference source for quotations, and this online version contains over 11,000 searchable phrases, proverbs, and sayings. Highly recommended.

Proverbs, Maxims, and Phrases of All Ages - Choose from over 20,000 quotations in this classic reference source.

A Dictionary of Similes - A simile compares two dissimilar things--"The writing subject guide is like a breath of fresh air," for example--and Frank Wilstach's 1916 compilation of similes is a great place to find them.

Writing for Different Disciplines

Invention: Questions for Writing about Literature - From the Writing Center at Hunter College.

Writing about History - From the University of Toronto.

Writing the Art History Paper - From the Writing Program at Darmouth College.

The Science of Scientific Writing - Excellent article from American Scientist.


Grammar Handbook - This site from the University of Illinois "explains and illustrates the basic grammatical rules concerning parts of speech, phrases, clauses, sentences and sentence elements, and common problems of usage.

Guide to Grammar and Writing - Advice on grammar, punctuation, and usage questions arranged in drop-down menus under six headings.

Elements of Style - Based on William Strunk, Jr.'s classic reference book, this site covers rules of usage, principles of composition, and other helpful writing tips.

Guide to Grammar and Style - A guide to grammar, style, and usage written by Jack Lynch, Assistant Professor in the English department of the Newark campus of Rutgers University.

Grammar Bytes - Developed by an instructor at Valencia Community College, this site features terms, exercises, and links to YouTube videos on grammar-related topics.

Writer's Almanac


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