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Note 324 – Eight online sources of information + useful tips

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A picture of a dictionary viewed with a lens on top of it, at the word "Internet" (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I wrote yesterday’s post, Note 323 – Eight books as a source of information, it made me realise how much I’ve missed each and every one of my writing books, as I tend to use the internet as a source of reference nowadays instead. I must get back to reading the books as a refresher and also to see what I missed the first time around.

Here are a just a few online sources I use:

Online sources

  1. Merriam-Webster
  2. Oxford dictionaries online
  3. Cambridge Dictionary Online
  4. The Free dictionary
  6. Wikipedia
  7. Daily Writing Tips
  8. Phrasefinder

Do you use any other online sources of information other than the above?

Tips for sourcing online information

The above sites are well-known, but that doesn’t mean that lesser known ones are not reliable; however, it goes without saying that great care needs to be taken when referencing anything on the internet. As a researcher you just need to check for certain things like who the writer is, what their credentials are and so on.

A great article called Internet Research Tips on, lists ways to verify if the information found is trustworthy taking into account things like URLs, name of author and detailed bibliographies. They explain that “the Internet is a great resource, but it is also a public forum, where anyone can make a claim or an assertion”. Very true!

Until tomorrow…



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2 thoughts on “Note 324 – Eight online sources of information + useful tips

  1. Never heard of the Merriam Webster site, thanks hon 🙂


    Posted by Vikki (The View Outside) | March 20, 2012, 8:45 am


  1. Pingback: Note 325 – Eight other sources of information for writing tips « My writing challenge - March 20, 2012

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