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Last Update: Monday, Feb. 3, 2003

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Recent Additions to This Section
(This section features sites added to the page in the last few weeks.
Each link is cross-referenced on the page in its proper category.)

Poynter.org: Why Copy Editing Matters

The Canadian Press Stylebook

The New York Times Manual of Style and Libel
You have to register. Then click on store, then books.

Copy Editing Training
A lot of training material for copy editors on our Web site, which also provides information on a summer institute program, funded by the Knight Foundation.

AP Style Exercises Online
Developed by Ron Hartung, writing/editing coach at the Tallahassee Democrat.


COPY EDITING RESOURCES

CopyDesk.org Terrorist Attack Links
Useful tools to copy editors and others handling terror-related stories.

Word Police
Barbara Wallraff, The Atlantic Monthly's copy editing guru, writes a "Word Court" column that offers super advice.

TheSlot.com
A must-see reference site for copy editors.

CopyEditor.com

CopyDesk.org

AssignmentEditor.com

Poynter's 7 Deadly Sins of Copy Editing

Detroit Free Press: Breaking into Copy Editing

Newsthinking.com
An excellent site on newspaper writing and reporting from Bob Baker of the LA Times. The site offers a dynamic e-newsletter on writing, editing and newsroom collaboration.

Poynter.org's Copy Editing Page

Poynter.org: The Art of Headline Writing
Pros offer tips, thoughts.

The Elements of Style

Newswatch Project Style Guide
From San Francisco State University.

SlipUps.com
Mistakes in movies, books, etc.

Daily Grammar
A great way to check grammar knowledge. Use the archives or sign up twice a year for daily e-mail lessons. Quizzes take four minutes.

Professor Charles Darling's Grammar Site
Outstanding to use as a quick reference for your grammar questions.

Dictionary of Difficult Words
Nearly 14,000 tough words.

Your Dictionary.com: 100 Most Mispronounced Words

Your Dictionary.com: 100 Most Misspelled Words

SearchSpell.com
Check your spelling as you submit a query.

The Vocabula Review

Plumb Design Visual Thesaurus
This site defines itself as "a spatial map of linguistic associations." Enter a word and related words branch out from it. As you click on the related words, you'll find new words close in meaning to that one.

FreeSpeling.com (with one "l")
A fun little site on how the Web is revolutionizing spelling.

Slanguage: Slang Terms
A collection of regional, national and international slang terms.

RhymeZone.com
Packed with useful word search tools, enter whatever related word you can think of and the site will help you find what looking for. You can find words that rhyme, similar spellings, synonyms and antonyms, similar sounding words, match consonants and more.

Poynter.org: Why Copy Editing Matters

Webopedia
Look up the latest in high-tech jargon; definitions in layman's terms.

Cyber Slip-Ups
Don't believe everything you read in an e-mail.

Copy Editing Web Sites

NY Times Weekly News Quiz
Do you read the newspaper? You better!

Copy Editing Training
A lot of training material for copy editors on our Web site, which also provides information on a summer institute program, funded by the Knight Foundation.

Interactive Spelling Test
Test yourself with an interactive quiz of common spelling mistakes. See how well you do!

AP Style Exercises Online
Developed by Ron Hartung, writing/editing coach at the Tallahassee Democrat.

Encyclopedia of Television
Simple-to-use site for fact-checking.

Interactive Usage Test
Test yourself with an interactive quiz of common language usage mistakes. See how well you do!

Online Grammar Handbook

Grammar Resources Online
A quick guide to several grammar tools from the University of Chicago's writing program.

AP Stylebook Online
You make the call: A one-year subscription to the online version is $20. You can buy the print copy for $12.50. The site does have some "web-only" content.

Jack Lynch's Guide to Style

The Vocabulary Review (Vocabula.com)

The Writing Center's Online Handouts

Phaster Lookups Reference Database
Do quick searches for reference tools: encylopedias, economic terms, legal dictionary, biblical reference, quotes and more. Great one-stop reference shopping.

Chicago Stylebook FAQ
Common questions about the Chicago Style Manual.

Dillon's Online Vocabulary
Several vocabulary-building resources.

Dictionaries on the Web
More than 100 links to dictionaries in 40 languages

Dictionary of Financial Terms
A guide with hyperlinks at the First Amendment Project Web site.

Gallery of Misused Quotation Marks
Copy editors are into sites like this.

Slipup.com
Today's Media Bloopers.

Newswriting Cliches

Cliche of the Day

West Egg ClicheFinder Search Engine
More than 3,300 indexed cliches. Look them up and edit them out of stories.

RhymeZone Shakespeare Search Engine

The Virtual Chase: Checklist for Fact-Checking Web Site Information
A legal research site offers tips on evaluating information quality.

Johns Hopkins: Evaluating Information Found on the Internet

Cornell University: Five Criteria for Evaluating Web Pages

KPlay Reference Tool
This site makes it simple to use different online reference works.

The Canadian Press Stylebook

The New York Times Manual of Style and Libel
You have to register. Then click on store, then books.

Word for the Wise
Archive of Merriam-Webster radio shorts.

University of Colorado's Editing for Style Guide
See also Writing and Editing Tools

Poynter.org: Leading from the Rim
How copy editors can become newsroom leaders.

Avoid Holiday Cliches
From the American Copy Editors Society.

CopyEditorJobs.com


Fact-Checking/Hoaxes

StrangeFacts.com
A cool resource for offbeat stats and facts.

Museum of Hoaxes
Don't be fooled by urban legends and if it sounds too good to be true, it is.

Sree's Tips on hoax sites
Don't get fooled. A Columbia University prof. has a great list of tips and examples of online hoaxes.

NewsPlace.org
A search site that features a "Grammar Matters" review section.

Cyveillance.com
Tracks how brands, people are under attack on the Web.

Tech Law Journal

Snopes2.com Urban Legends Reference Pages
Think a story or tip might be made up? Use this page to search for some urban legends.

Truth or Fiction?
This site takes "rumor mill" e-mails we all receive and determines if they are true or false. There is a good list of Attack on America information.

UrbanLegends.About.com

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly or Why It's A Good Idea to Evaluate Web Resources
From Susan E. Beck of the New Mexico State University Library.

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators at DiscoverySchool.com

Evaluating Web Resources
From Jan Alexander and Marsha Ann Tate of Widener University.

Bibliography on Evaluating Web Information
From Nicole J. Auer of the University Libraries at Virginia Tech.

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