Writing Resources

Allen Klinger, © 22 February 2002; 17 April 2006

Use a dictionary, thesauris, word processor, outliner, and presentation software. Three books listed below are very useful, as are online resources: e.g., the reference 1. URL, and links in the following paragraphs.

  1. Strunk, W. and White, E. The Elements of Style, NY: Macmillan,1972 Strunk's 1918 version .
  2. Sageev, P. Helping Researchers Write... So Managers Can Understand, Columbus OH: Battelle, 1995 .
  3. Zobel, J. Writing For Computer Science - The Art of Effective Communication, NY: Springer Verlag, 1997.

The Strunk 1918 URL automatically transfers one to the starting page for Great Books Online. This is an extremely valuable resouce. A pull-down there ("References") leads to eleven items - Rogetís II: The New Thesaurus, Third Edition; dictionaries, sources on style, reading and writing. Project Gutenberg is another source of online books. It has been in existence since 1971.

UCLA Libraries have the Oxford English Dictionary Online Find Definitions. Another source yields Synonyms and Definitions. Finally, the latter also enables Translation (either way) between these six language pairs:
(English, French); (English, German); (English, Italian); (English, Portugese); (English, Spanish); and (French, German);

Anu Garg runs a list serve with a dictionary service. Here is a typical definition from that service:

esemplastic (es-em-PLAS-tik) adjective

Having the capability of moulding diverse ideas or things into unity.
[From Greek es- (into) + en, neuter of eis (one) + plastic. Coined by poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), apparently after German Ineinsbildung (forming into one)].

While the daily email is interesting, the dictionary (see below) failed to find anything for numinous although a hard copy of Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary (p. 578) found:
1. Supernatural, Mysterious
2. filled with a sense of the presence of divinity: Holy
3. appealing to the higher emotions or to the aesthetic sense: Spiritual

Likewise Synonyms and Definitions, gave a definition of that word. To receive a daily message about words:

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o A.Word.A.Day o Dictionary/by/Mail o Thesaurus/by/Mail
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The remainder is from that list server. Please note that the commands should be in the subject line of the message and NOT in the body. Body of the message is ignored. Send commands to the address wordsmith@viper.elp.cwru.edu

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-- Anu Garg (anu@viper.cwru.edu) | "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in Electronic Library Project | a rather scornful tone, "it means just what Case Western Reserve University| I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less." Cleveland Ohio 44106-7033 | - Lewis Carroll, "Through the Looking Glass"

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