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Reference Books We Love

abstract:Whether you're heading back to school, writing technical articles, working on the next great novel, or updating your web site, here is a list of the best reference books. 


September 01, 2003
The Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors and Publishers. 15th Ed. Remains the essential reference for authors, editors, proofreaders, indexers, copywriters, designers, and publishers in any field.


Words Into Type: Third Ed. (Prentice Hall) by Marjorie E. Skillin, et al. With its easy-to-use index and definitive explanations, this third edition makes life simpler for writers, editors, and proofreaders.


The Web Content Style Guide: By Gerry McGovern, et al.  Definitive guide to best practice in web content writing, editing, and design. Gives non-technical guidance on what works and what doesn't on the web, with plenty of examples.


The Oxford English Dictionary: 10th Ed. by John Simpson (Editor) has long been considered the ultimate reference work in English lexicography. Compiled by the legendary editor James Murray and a staff of brilliant philologists and lexicographers


The American Heritage Dictionary: The new Fourth Edition on CD combines the innovation of the print dictionary with the ease and accessibility of an electronic format.


Webster's New World Thesaurus: By Charlton Laird. Today this book is not only the most time-tested and bestselling thesaurus ever, but, newly revised, it is also the most up-to-date and comprehensive reflection of the English language as it is currently used.


Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia: 4th Ed. A comprehensive, encyclopedic reference work that covers the literary movements, genres of fiction and nonfiction, and social, political, and religious influences on literature throughout North and South America.


Looking for Reference Books for School Age Children

Cathy Collison of the Detroit Free Press recommends the following works:




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