Links & Recommended Books

Useful websites

Most UK library card holders can access resources from Oxford University Press for free. You can find out more here:

If you need to use special characters and symbols, this is a helpful list of Windows alt key codes:

I used WorldCat extensively when I was at university. Search for the publication and it will show you how to reference it in the major styles. It isn’t foolproof but it is a good guide. Here’s the link:

If you aren’t confident about using the Track Changes feature in Word, Microsoft has support pages to help. I suggest starting here:

Recommended books

I regard the following books as invaluable:

The following books are useful:

  • Cutts, M. (2013) Oxford guide to plain English. 4th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Manser, M. H. and Curtis, S. (2002) The Penguin writer’s manual. London: Penguin.
  • New Hart’s rules: the Oxford style guide (2014) Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Seely, J. (2013) Oxford A-Z of grammar and punctuation. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • The Chicago manual of style: the essential guide for writers, editors, and publishers (2010) 16th edn. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
  • Trask, R. L. (2000) The Penguin dictionary of English grammar. London: Penguin Books.
  • Ward, L. J. and Woods, G. (2007) English grammar for dummies. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

The following books may be helpful for students:

  • Pears, R. and Shields, G. (2013) Cite them right: the essential referencing guide. 9th edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Peck, J. and Coyle, M. (2012) The student’s guide to writing: spelling, punctuation and grammar. 3rd edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Further reading

  • Butterfield, J. (2009) Damp squid: the English language laid bare. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Marsh, D. (2013) For who the bell tolls: one man’s quest for grammatical perfection. London: Guardian Books.