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Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr.
Classic text on language and writing (First edition, 1918). Searchable index and clear examples of grammar, punctuation, usage, style, etc. A book that every writer (and college student) should read and own.
The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing
Excellent primer to writing across the curriculum. Covers all aspects of college essay writing, including the structure of essays, the mechanics of writing, recommendations for developing a strong writing style, the use and presentation of evidence, common style formats for documentation, and more. Created and maintained by Professor Michael Harvey, Washington College, Maryland.
World Wide Words
This site focuses on the history of the English language and the development of new words, offering definitions and histories of words and phrases, as well as numerous short articles on various aspects of the language, book reviews, usage notes, and a phonetic key.