Resources and References for Help in Writing Website Text
Free online resources
www.merriam-webster.com — This is the online dictionary I use, but there are several others.
http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl — Mignon Fogarty, Grammar Girl, is an expert on grammar and excellent at explaining it. But rather than searching on her site, I recommend using Google and searching, for example: Grammar Girl “which vs that.”
http://www.copyblogger.com — Copyblogger has a wealth of information on writing website content, including writing for SEO and content marketing. I’ve just started to explore it, so I’ll have more to say after I’ve gotten deeper into it.
Google, or another search engine — If you’re not sure about a particular usage, you can search for the phrase (in quotes) plus “New York Times” or “Washington Post” to see how these newspapers use it. For example, if you’re not sure whether it’s correct to use “from” after “segue,” you could search: “segue from” “new york times.”
The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White — This small book is a valuable reference for writers and is highly readable, even entertaining. It’s worth rereading every year.
On Writing Well, by William Zinsser — This is another classic that can be revisited regularly. It’s a lot longer than The Elements of Style, but you won’t have to read the entire book. Most of “Part III: Forms” can be skipped if you aren’t interested in some of the different forms of nonfiction (interview, travel, memoir, science, and so on). However, the chapter on business writing could be helpful. Including this chapter, the total number of pages you might want to read comes to about half the book: 160 pages instead of 300.