Surround Yourself With Good Resources

“Where should I look?” Perhaps the most challenging part of writing an article is doing research. Here are a few suggestions from the Focus on the Nonfiction Magazine Article Workshop to point you in the right direction:

Here are some basics for your home library:

  • A good-quality dictionary
    an unabridged one if possible, but at least a collegiate edition, like Merriam-Webster”s Collegiate
  • A general style reference
    such as The Elements of Style, by Strunk and White or The Chicago Manual of Style. If you can”t remember if commas go inside quotation marks or outside, or what a dangling modifier is, a good style guide will come to the rescue.
  • A good thesaurus
    Roget”s International or Roget”s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases can help you come up with just the right word when you need it.
  • A general almanac
    The World Almanac and Book of Facts and the Reader”s Digest Almanac are two popular ones.
  • An all-in-one source, like Facts in a Flash: A Research Guide for Writers is also an essential item on the writer”s bookshelf.

    Also look for websites on subjects you wish to write about. The magazines you plan on writing for are also a must, actual print copies as well as their websites.

    Good resources are sometimes hard to find, but success is just a click away with the help of the Focus on the Nonfiction Magazine Article Workshop.

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