If you’d like to widen your knowledge of proofreading, grammar, and English usage, here is our list of recommended online and print resources:

Online Dictionaries


https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/ ;




US English: https://www.merriam-webster.com/

AUS English (subscription only): https://www.macquariedictionary.com.au/

Editing and Proofreading

Butcher’s Copy-editing: the Cambridge handbook for editors, copy-editors and proofreaders, 4th edition, by Judith Butcher, Caroline Drake and Maureen Leach, Cambridge University Press, 2006

New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors, revised edition, Oxford University Press, 2014

Fowler’s Modern English Usage, by R W Burchfield, Oxford University Press, 2004


English Grammar for Dummies, by Lesley Ward (angliciser) and Geraldine Woods, John Wiley, 2007

Rediscover Grammar, 3rd edition, by David Crystal, Longman, 2004

The Grammar Devotional: Daily Tips for Successful Writing from Grammar Girl, Mignon Fogarty

Online Grammar Guides






Penguin Guide to Punctuation, by R L Trask, Penguin, 2004

Online Punctuation Guides




The Guardian Style Guide: http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-files/Guardian/documents/2004/07/15/styleguidepdfjuly2004.pdf

Your House Style: styling your words for maximum impact, 2nd edition, by Christina Thomas, Society for Editors and Proofreaders, 2014

New Hart’s Rules: the handbook of style for writers and editors, 2nd edition, adapted from The Oxford Guide to Style by R M Ritter, revised edition, Editor-in-chief Anne Waddingham, Oxford University Press, 2014

The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage, by Pam Peters, Cambridge University Press, 2007. Available online at: https://eslebooklibrary.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/australianenglishusage.pdf

Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, Chicago University Press, 2010

MHRA Style Guide 3rd Edition: http://www.mhra.org.uk/series/MSG

The OWL Purdue Writing Lab guides to MLA, APA and Chicago (footnote) citations: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/

The Business Style Handbook, 2nd edition, by Helen Cunningham and Brenda Greene, McGraw Hill, 2013

Inside Book Publishing, 4th edition, by Giles Clark and Angus Phillips, Routledge, 2008

English Language: General Interest

The Mother Tongue: English and How it Got That Way, by Bill Bryson, Penguin, 2009

Troublesome Words, 2nd edition, by Bill Bryson, Penguin, 2002

The Phrase Finder: http://www.phrases.org.uk/

Common Latin Terms: http://www.dailywritingtips.com/latin-words-and-expressions-all-you-need-to-know/