Online Dictionaries


dictionaryThe Free Dictionary – A comprehensive dictionary available in multiple languages, this resource also includes a thesaurus, acronyms, abbreviations, idioms, and also translation and reference links with each definition example.

Your Dictionary – An easy to use dictionary that provides instant and concise definitions, with sentence examples. It also provides a comprehensive thesaurus, quotes and access to reference material, from grammar rules and usage, through to abbreviations, books and literature.

OneLook – This resource accesses multiple online dictionaries with each word search, from general usage through to specific research areas such as art, medical and science. From here, you follow the link to the dictionary definition of your choice.

Maori Dictionary – A fantastic tool for English-Te Reo translations of individual words. The comprehensive definitions include idioms, phrases and proverbs.

Thesaurus.com – For when you have brain freeze

Urban Dictionary – Dictionary of slang.

Dictionary of Cockney Rhyming Slang

Pseudodictionary – Dictionary of made up words.

Online Etymology Dictionary – Lists the origins of words from the English Language.

Device Apps:

Apps are constantly changing and updating. Currently we can recommend ‘Dictionary.com’ for a one touch comprehensive dictionary, thesaurus and translator. It includes trending words, and a fun ‘Word of the Day’.

Editing & Grammar


editingFind a Cliché – A no-frills, basic text website that provides a list of clichés from a key word.

Guide to Grammar Writing – An easy, general grammar guide for writers of all levels.

The English Club – Aimed at both learners and teachers of English, this site provides an easy to understand resource regarding grammatical terms, English usage and examples.

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation – A great reference site for American grammar and punctuation usage, including commonly confused words.

Encyclopaedias and Reference


encyclopediaWikipedia – Currently one of the most popular online encyclopaedias, this is a detailed, multilingual  resource,  but can however, be edited and updated by anyone.

Te Ara: The Encyclopaedia of New Zealand – Available in both English and Te Reo, this New Zealand resource contains historical overviews, stories arranged in sections, a key word search and blog.

How Stuff Works – Looking for fascinating or weird facts about any subject? You can spend hours here!

The New Zealand Electronic Text Centre – A digital library of New Zealand and Pacific Island recent and heritage material from Victoria University.

Translators


translatorsGoogle Translate – Quick, efficient as-you-write translations into more than eighty languages. Ultimately no replacement for the services of an actual human being, but accurate enough for individual words.

 

 

 

Quotations and Proverbs


quotation-39628_1280Brainy Quote – Instantly finds you a quote by word, author or topic. Great resource.

The Phrase Finder – Discover a multitude of proverbs and phrases from a single word, or search under a specific subject or author. This site also offers meanings and origins, famous last words and a phrase thesaurus.

 

Writing Scams


scam enews imageFor more information about writing scams, simply type in the name of the publisher, agent or competition + scam in Google and it will find it for you. Or you can visit:

Writer Beware – Sponsored by, among others, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, this site supplies warnings and advice about scam publishers, agents and contests, and a list of alerts for writers and aspiring writers worldwide.

General Guidelines & Tips on Avoiding Scams

Names


what's in a nameBaby Names – A wealth of names available through place of origin, or alphabetical search.

Behind the Name – The etymology and history of first names.

Baby Names Trends and Future Predictions – predicting the future of baby names

 

 

Writing Tutors


tutorsWriters who offer tutoring services – grouped by region.

 

 

 

NZ Writers Organisations


Organisations and associations that represent and act as a resource for specific disciplines, genres and specialties.

 

 

 

Writing Festivals and Book Fairs


book fairNational and international festivals and fairs – listed by region and country

 

 

 

Online & NZ-based courses


online class

Click here for our list of online and New Zealand-based courses.