General Sources & Reference

You’ll find below some of our favorite general resources on writing and language (other than our consultants, of course).

Useful Dictionaries Oxford Learner Dictionary
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Collocation Dictionary (common word pairs or groupings)
Visual Thesaurus (a visual map of synonyms)
Concordance Dictionary (closely related or linked words)
Word Reference Online Translator
Dictionary of American Idioms (definitions of American slang and sayings)

General Use Dictionaries Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary and Thesaurus
Oxford English Dictionary (definitions, roots, and history of words)

Popular Sites for Language Practice NPR’s StoryCorps
NPR’s Grammar Grater
TED Talks
Newsela (articles at different reading levels)
Breaking News English
New York Times Room for Debate
We Speak NYC
Voice of America Learning English
Tools for Clear Speech To-Go

English Language Acquisition A Short Guide for Practicing English Productively

Model Student Writing Model Essays from Baruch College
Model Essays from Columbia University

Productivity Assignment Calculator