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Linguistic Description

Aarts, Bas. Oxford Modern English Grammar. Oxford UP, 2011.

Biber, Douglas, and Stig Johansson, et al. Longman Grammar Of Spoken And Written English. Pearson Education, 1999.

Quirk, Randolph and Sidney Greenbaum. A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. 7th ed., Longman Group, 1989.

Huddleston, Rodney D., and Geoffrey K. Pullum. The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. Cambridge UP, 2002.

Huddleston, Rodney and Geoffrey K. Pullum. A Student's Introduction to English Grammar. Cambridge UP, 2005.

Kroeger, Paul R. Analyzing Grammar: An Introduction. Cambridge UP, 2005.

Payne, Thomas Edward. Understanding English Grammar: A Linguistic Introduction. Cambridge UP, 2011.

Swan, Michael. Practical English Usage. 3rd ed., Oxford UP, 2005.


Traditional Grammar Description

Azar, Betty Schrampfer, and Stacy A. Hagen. Understanding and Using English Grammar. 4th ed., Pearson Education, 2009.

Frank, Marcella. Modern English: Exercises for Non-native Speakers. Part I, Prentice-Hall, 1972.

———. Modern English: Exercises for Non-native Speakers. Part II, 2nd ed., Prentice Hall Regents, 1986.

Krohn, Robert. English Sentence Structure. U of Michigan, 1971.

Lunsford, Andrea A., and Robert J. Connors. The New St. Martin's Handbook. 3rd ed., Bedford/St. Martin's, 1999.

Smalley, Regina L., Mary K. Ruetten, Joann Rishel Kozyrev. Refining Composition Skills: Rhetoric and Grammar. 5th ed., Heinle & Heinle, 2001.


Traditional Grammar Description (continued)

Strunk, William Jr. and E.G. White. The Elements of Style. 4th ed., Allyn & Bacon, 1999.

Yorkey, Richard C. Study Skills: for Students of English as a Second Language. McGraw-Hill, 1970.

Young, A. Robert and Ann O. Strauch. Nitty Gritty Grammar: Sentence Essentials for Writers. St. Martin's Press, 1994.


Style Manuals

The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law. Edited by Thomas Kent, et al., 51st ed., AP, 2016.

The Chicago Manual of Style. 16th ed., U of Chicago P, 2010.

The Gregg Reference Manual. Edited by William A. Sabin, 11th ed., McGraw-Hill Education, 2011.

MLA Handbook. 8th ed., Modern Language Association of America, 2016.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed., American Psychological Association, 2010.


Word Use

Ciardi, John. A Browser's Dictionary, and Native's Guide to the Unknown American Language. Harper & Row, 1980.

———. A Second Browser's Dictionary, and Native's Guide to the Unknown American Language. Harper & Row, 1983.

Fowler's Modern English Usage. Edited by R. W. Burchfield and H. W. Fowler, revised 3rd ed., Oxford UP, 2004.

Garner's Modern American Usage. by Bryan A. Garner, 3rd ed., Oxford UP, 2009.

Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage. Reprint ed., Merriam-Webster, 1994.





More Resources

Reference, Q & A, and Practice





Education Resources Information Center. ERIC, 2013,

"MLA Formatting and Style Guide." Purdue OWL, Edited by Tony Russel et al., Purdue U, 15 Aug. 2016,

"Research and Citation." The Purdue OWL, Purdue U, 5 Aug. 2016,

"Punctuation." ITS Style Guide, U North Carolina, 2016,

"Student Learning Grammar." Student Learning, U of Waikato. 16 Aug. 2016,


Art & Museums

The Artchive. by Mark Harden, 2016,

Kids Favorites. Smithsonian Institute.

Louvre Online.

MetKids. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

MoMA Online.

NASA Kids Club. NASA.

National Geographic Kids. National Geographic Society.

The State Hermitage Museum.



The Chronicle of Higher Education. 2016,


Citation Helpers (caution!)

EasyBib. 2016,

Son of Citation Machine. 2016,




Dictionaries, Based on Random House Dictionary, 2016,

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Pearson, 2016,

Merriam-Webster. 2016,

Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford U Press, 2016,


ESL / EFL / ELL Forums Q & A

English Language & Usage. Stack Exchange, 2016,

"Grammar Help." ESL Forums, English, 2016,


Library Guides

"Citing Your Sources." Cite Sources. UC Berkeley Library, 2016,

"Evaluating Resources." Library Guides, UC Berkeley Library, 2016,


Professional – Careers

English Language Teaching Jobs. TEFL Professional Network, 2016,

TESOL International Association. 2016,


Writing Resources

150 Resources to Help You Write Better, Faster, and More Persuasively. 19 Feb 2013. OEDb,

"MLA Formatting and Style Guide." Purdue OWL,  edited by Tony Russel et al., Purdue U, 5 Aug. 2016,

"The 'Fair Use' Exemption." Fair Use, Princeton U, 2016,


Word Use–In Context

Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA). Brigham Young U, 2013,