David Appleyard's English Language User Guides and References
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Grammar and Style Letter Writing
Vocabulary and Usage E-mail Composition
Linguistics Telephoning
Reading Skills Résumés and Job Interviews
 Handwriting and Penmanship Presentations and Public Speaking
Copy Editing and Proofreading Proverbs and Quotations
Creative and Story Writing English Language History
  Essay and Academic Writing English and American Literary History

 

Grammar and Style

The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law 2016

Cambridge Grammar of English

Cambridge Grammar of the English Language

The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition

The Economist Style Guide

The Elements of Style (Strunk, W. Jr.)

The Guardian and Observer Style Guide

English Grammar in Use — Intermediate (Murphy, R.)

English Style Guide (European Commission Directorate-General for Translation)

Guide to Grammar and Style (Lynch, J.)

Guide to Grammar & Writing (Darling, C.)

The Internet Grammar of English (University College London)

Longman Student Grammar of Spoken & Written English

Merriam-Webster's Guide to Punctuation and Style

Modern English Grammar (Kies, D.)

New Oxford Style Manual, 2nd Edition (Oxford University Press) 

Wikipedia Manual of Style

Vocabulary and Usage

30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary (Funk, W. & Lewis, N.)

Basic Vocabulary in Use (McCarthy, M., O'Dell, F. & Reppen, R.)

Cliché Finder — Over 3,300 clichés indexed (Friedman, M.)

Common Errors in English Usage (Brians, P.)

Blue spot bullet Online, text-only version

English as a Global Language (Crystal, D.)

English Idioms in Use — Advanced (McCarthy, M. & O'Dell, F.)

Fowler's Modern English Usage

How to Write in Plain English (Plain English Campaign)

Blue spot bullet The A-Z of Alternative Words

The King's English, 2nd Edtion (Fowler, H.W.)

Merriam-Webster's Vocabulary Builder

Vocabulary in Use — Intermediate (McCarthy, M., O'Dell, F. & Zwier, L.J.)

Vocabulary in Use — High Intermediate (McCarthy, M., O'Dell, F. & Bunting, J.D.)

Word Power Made Easy (Lewis, N.)

World Wide Words (Quinion, M.)

Blue spot bullet Weird Word Index

The Wrong Word Dictionary — 2,500 Most Commonly Confused Words (Dowling, D.)

Linguistics

An Introduction to the Study of Speech (Sapir, E.)

DMOZ Open Directory Project: Linguistics

Glossary of Linguistic Terms (SIL International)

The Influence of Phonesthesia on the English Language (Schisler, B.)

Blue spot bullet Sound Symbolism (Wikipedia)

Language Change: Progress or Decay? (Aitchison, J.)

The Linguist List — International Linguistics Community Online

Linguistics Resources on the Internet (SIL International)

Oxford Concise Dictionary of Linguistics (Matthews, P.)

Wikipedia: Linguistics 

Reading Skills

CriticalReading.com (Kurland, D.)

DMOZ Open Directory Project: Kids and Teens > Reading

Effective Practices for Developing Reading Comprehension (Duke, N. & Pearson, P.)

Foundations of Reading — Effective Phonological Awareness Instruction & Progress Monitoring (Univ. of Texas)

On the Art of Reading (Quiller-Couch, A.)

Handwriting and Penmanship

Adult Literacy Materials for Reading and Handwriting (Power, T.)

Boggle's World ABCs

DonnaYoung.org: YoungMinds Free Printable Handwriting Lessons

Handwriting for Kids: Resources

A Jan Brett Alphabet (Brett, J.)

Teach Yourself: Improve Your Handwriting (Sassoon, R. & Briem, G.)

Writing Letters & Numbers (Enchanted Learning)

Copy Editing and Proofreading

Copyediting and Proofreading for Dummies (Gilad, S.)

Copyediting-L (free online community for "copy editors and other defenders of the English language...")

Copyeditors' Knowledge Database (O'Moore-Klopf, K.)

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DMOZ Open Directory Project: Writers' Resources > Copy Editing

The Editing and Rewriting Process (Darling, C.)

The Editor's Blog (Hill, B.)

Paradigm Online Writing Assistant

Regret the Error (Silverman, C.)

Spelling Made Simple (Henderson, S.)

Testy Copy Editors (Blanchard, P.)

Wikipedia: Copy Editing

Creative and Story Writing

About.com Education > ESL: First Lessons in Writinget Started Writing (Beare, K.)

AbsoluteWrite.com — Informational website for writers of all levels (Stone, M.)

The Balance: Fiction Writing

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Creative Writing for Dummies (Hamand, M.)

DMOZ Open Directory Project: Writers' Resources > Fiction

The Editor's Blog (Hill, B.)

How to Write a Novel in 100 Days or Less (Coyne, J.)

Learner.org: Literature — What Makes a Good Short Story? 

The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing (LaPlante, A.)

Purdue Online Writing Lab: Creative Writing

Techniques of the Selling Writer (Swain, D.)

Writing Fiction for Dummies (Ingermanson, R. & Economy, P.)

Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly (Levine, G.)

Essay and Academic Writing

The Business Writer's Guide (University of Victoria, Australia)

DMOZ Open Directory Project: Writers' Resources > Non-Fiction

How to Write Clearly — Fight the FOG (European Commission)

A Hypertext Writing Guide (Plonsky, M.)

If I were a Carpenter: The Tools of the Writer (Clark, R.P.)

KU Writing Guides (University of Kansas Writing Center)

On the Art of Writing (Quiller-Couch, A.)

Paradigm Online Writing Assistant

Purdue Online Writing Lab: Academic Writing

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Blue spot bullet Teacher and Tutor Resources

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Blue spot bullet The Writing Process

The Writer's Handbook (University of Wisconsin Writing Center)

Writer's Web (University of Richmond Writing Center)

Letter Writing

CondolenceLetters.net: Condolence Letter Templates

The Encyclopedia of Business Letters, Faxes, and E-mail (Bly, R. & Regina, A.)

EnglishClub.com: Sample Business Letters

Letterwhiz.com

The Lexicon of Intentionally Ambiguous Recommendations (Thornton, R.)

Longer Letters (Post, E.)

Notes and Shorter Letters (Post, E.)

E-mail Composition

A Beginner's Guide to Effective Email (Sherwood, K.)

The Encyclopedia of Business Letters, Faxes, and E-mail (Bly, R. & Regina, A.)

FreelanceUK.com: How to Write Emails and Influence People

NetManners.com: 101 E-mail Etiquette Tips

Top 7 Tips to Help You Write More Powerful Emails (Knight, C.)

Yavapai College Institutes' E-mail Tips (compilation of articles;from multiple sources)

Telephoning

About.com Education > ESL: Telephone English — Important Phrases (Beare, K.)

AudioEnglish.org: Telephone English

EnglishClub.com: Telephone English

Essential Telephoning in English (Garside, B. & T.)

Helpful Telephone Etiquette Tips (Salisbury University Career Services)

Résumés and Job Interviews

Acing the Interview (Beshara, T.)

The Complete Guide to Resume Writing (Fletcher, L.)

eRésumés and Résumé Writing Services: Resume Topics

Five Tips for Better Resume Writing (Messmer, M.)

Knock 'em Dead Cover Letters: Cover Letters and Strategies to Get the Job You Want (Yate, M.)

Knock 'em Dead Resumes: A Killer Resume Gets More Job Interviews! (Yate, M.)

Purdue Online Writing Lab: Job Search Writing

Résumé Magic (Whitcomb, S.)

Winning Job Interviews (Powers, P.)

Presentations and Public Speaking

Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary (Jones, D. et al.)

EnglishClub.com: Presentations in English

English Pronunciation in Use — Intermediate (Hancock, M.)

How to Develop Self-Confidence and Influence People by Public Speaking (Carnegie, D.)

Presentation Zen (Reynolds, G.)

Presentations for Dummies (Kushner, M.)

Public Speaking for Dummies (Kushner, M.)

Proverbs and Quotations

About.com Education: Quotations

Collections of Quotations at Bartleby.com

DMOZ Open Directory Project: Quotations

Familiar Quotations (Bartlett, J.)

ManyThings.org: Commonly Used Proverbs (Kelly, C. & L.)

Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs (Simpson, J. & Speake, J.)

Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (Knowles, E.)

The Quotations Page (Moncur, M.)

English Language History

The American Language — An Inquiry into the Development of English in the United States (Mencken, H.)

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language (Crystal, D.)

A Concise Dictionary of Middle English — From A.D. 1150-1580 (Mayhew, A. & Skeat, W.)

The Early History of Indo-European Languages (Gamkrelidze, T. & Ivanov, V.)

Ethnologue.com: English — A Language of the United Kingdom

Etymonline.com — Online Etymology Dictionary

The Historical Grammar of the Old English Language (Babaev, C.)

A History of English Words (Hughes, G.)

A History of the English Language (Baugh, A. & Cable, T.)

History of the English Language (Duncan, E.)

History of the English Language (University of Toronto)

Omniglot — The Online Encyclopedia of Writing Systems and Languages (Ager, S.)

The Origin and History of the English Language (Krysstal)

The Origins and Development of the English Language (Algeo, J. & Butcher, C.)

Political Correctness — A History of Semantics and Culture (Hughes, G.) 

The Routes of English (BBC)

Wikipedia: History of English

Wordorigins.org (Wilton, D.)

English and American Literary History

The American Novel (Van Doren, C.)

A Brief History of English Literature (Moore, A.)

A Brief History of English Literature (Peck, J. & Coyle, M.)

The Cambridge History of English and American Literature

A History of American Literature (Gray, R.)

The Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature (Rogers, P.)

Wikipedia: English Literature 

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