Blogger – Blogger is Google’s blog-publishing service that allows private or multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. Unlike WordPress, Blogger cannot be installed in a web server. Choose from easy to use templates with flexible layouts and background images, or edit the blog’s CSS and HTML to create something entirely unique. If you’re using your blog for a brand or business, you can create a custom domain that’s easy for people to find and follow.
WordPress – WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool based on PHP and MySQL, which runs on a web hosting service. Use templates, plugins and themes to create an endless variety of design choices. WordPress is used by more than 18.9% of the top 10 million websites as of August 2013 and is the most popular blogging system in use on the Web.
Bibme – Use this free automatic bibliography and citation generator to create a works cited page in MLA, APA, Chicago or Turabian formats.
Grammarly – Grammarly checks your writing for grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes. Upload or drag and drop a text file to their site for instant proofreading and context-optimized vocabulary suggestions. Instructors like the site because it’s a great plagiarism detector, checking submitted texts against over 8 billion web pages.
Religion Communicators Council – The Religion Communicators Council, founded in 1929, is an interfaith association of religion communicators at work in print and electronic communication, marketing and in public relations. The RCC provides opportunities for religion communicators to learn from each other. Together, RCC members promote excellence in the communication of religious faith and values in the public arena and encourage understanding among religious and faith groups.
The Writing Center – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Writing Center provides summaries with helpful advice on a variety of writing topics.
Writing Gooder – Writing Gooder is a project of the Young Writers Society, a keynote online community for young writers from around the globe. Their aim is to promote creative writing as a favorite pastime, and to assist aspiring writers with the development of key skills. Maintained by members of the Young Writers Society, their blog is a resource to writers of all ages.
CCCF Interactive Grammar Quizzes – The Guide to Grammar and Writing is sponsored by the Capital Community College Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports university scholarships, faculty development and curriculum innovation.
Cengage Online Grammar Quizzes – These quizzes from academic publisher Cengage Learning offer an online self-assessment in grammar. Click the page’s links to launch a variety of basic grammar quizes.
TESL Student Quizes – The Teachers of English as a Second Language Journal provides this comprehensive list of self-study grammar quizzes.
Hilliard, Robert L., Writing for Television, Radio, and New Media, 10th ed. (Boston, MA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2011).
McKee, Robert, Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting (San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1997).
Speaking Faith: The Essential Handbook for Religion Communicators, 7th ed. (New York: Religion Communicators Council, 2004).
Roman, Kenneth, and Joel Raphaelson, Writing That Works: How to Communicate Effectively in Business, 3rd rev. ed. (San Francisco: HarperCollins, 2010).
Stein, M. L., Susan F. Paterno and R. Christopher Burnett, The Newswriter’s Handbook: An Introduction to Journalism, 2nd ed. (Ames, IA: Blackwell Publishing, 2006).
Zinsser, William Knowlton, On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, 7th rev. and upd. ed. (New York: Collins, 2006).
Dale, Paulette, and James C. Wolf, Speech Communication Made Simple: A Multicultural Perspective, 3rd ed. (Boston: MA: Pearson, 2006).
Ford-Brown, Lisa A., DK Speaker (Boston: MA: Pearson, 2012).
Lucas, Stephen, The Art of Public Speaking, 11th ed. (Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill, 2011).
McLean, Scott A., The Basics of Communication Studies, 2nd ed. (Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2003).
Miller, Calvin, The Empowered Communicator: 7 Keys to Unlocking an Audience (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 1994).
Osborn, Michael, Suzanne Osborn, and Randall Osborn, Public Speaking: Finding Your Voice, 9th ed. (Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon, 2012).
Business Communication (Books)
Adler, Ronald, and Jeanne Marquardt Elmhorst, Communicating at Work: Principles and Practices for Business and the Professions, 11th ed. (New York: McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2013).
Guffey, Mary Ellen, and Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th ed. (Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning, 2013).
Becker, Ethan F., and Jon Wortmann, Mastering Communication at Work: How to Lead, Manage, and Influence (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009).
Locker, Kitty, and Stephen Kaczmarek, Business Communication: Building Critical Skills, 5th ed. (New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2010).