Resources for Writers of the Web

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Work at Home Writer ResourcesWritten By: Jessica Weaver

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Writers need resources. A lot of complaints I hear are from writers not knowing where to look for resources. A lot of us write for Textbroker and Merchant Circle and we need some awesome resources to help guide our writing. The better researched our writing is and the more informative our information, the happier our clients are.

1. Proper Resources>> Some of you are completely new to writing and may not know of the proper resources to use. All information posted on the internet is not correct. Some sites are just opinions and are not great writing resources. The information you need is dependent on the topic at hand. A lot of us write about product reviews, and I would suggest using a reputable review site-not just a random one. The wrong information can get a writer into trouble.

2. Wikipedia>> Although this resource has a bad wrap on occasions. I personally
use it a lot for my own writing resources. However, I have noticed that the wording can be hard to interpret. I try to just get a general idea about my topic from there, because Wikipedia has just about every topic imaginable to research. A quick look at this page will give you a general idea of the topic being written about.

3.>> This is my ultimate place to research information. Generally they have information about every topic and it is an easy search engine. Also, they have additional resources at the bottom of their articles, which means more access to resources to me.

4. An Online Library or Journal>> If you are a research writer you will need academic resources for your articles. Several colleges offer online library resources for free. However, if you research  the topic well enough, you will find several awesome resources that are reputable.

5. Google Scholar: Google Scholar is an online search engine specifically designed for scholarly literature, including articles, theses, books, and conference papers. It can be a valuable resource for research writers as it provides access to academic sources from various disciplines.

6. Library Databases: Many libraries offer online databases that grant access to a wide range of scholarly articles, journals, and research materials. These databases can be a treasure trove of reliable information for writers who need in-depth and well-researched content. Check with your local library for available databases or explore databases such as ProQuest or EBSCOhost.

7. Government Websites: Government websites, such as those ending in .gov domains, can serve as excellent resources for writers seeking authoritative information. These websites often provide access to official reports, statistics, research studies, and other reliable data. For example, you can explore resources on websites like the U.S. Government Publishing Office or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

8. Subject-Specific Forums or Communities: Engaging with online communities or forums dedicated to the specific topic you’re writing about can be beneficial. These platforms allow writers to interact with experts, ask questions, and gain insights from people with specialized knowledge in their respective fields. Depending on your topic, you can explore forums like Reddit or Quora.

9. Online Research Tools: There are various online research tools available, such as JSTOR, ResearchGate, or, which provide access to academic papers, research articles, and scholarly resources. These platforms can help writers access high-quality research material relevant to their topics.

What are your favorite writing resources?

Please share with a comment below.

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July 26, 2011 at 9:42 am

great resources Jess, thank you.


July 26, 2011 at 9:44 am

thanks! :-)–> Short and sweet!


July 26, 2011 at 10:15 am

Most of the writing I do on the web is for my own blog. However, I am still really picky about where I get my backup information.


July 26, 2011 at 10:16 am

I agree. Some people aren’t tho, and they just get it from anywhere..LOL


July 26, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Not sure why Wikipedia gets such a bad wrap. I don’t rely on it as the gospel, but I use it a lot when I’m transcribing to research terms.


July 26, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I agree. Even When I was in College we were told not to use it? Not sure why?

Miranda Grimm

July 26, 2011 at 6:04 pm

We can’t use it at ChaCha either. The reason given is because it is a public site that can be written and edited by anyone??

When writing research papers and using Wikipedia as a researching tool I like to look at the bottom where you can find the resources of the Wikipedia article! Which are usually reliable for college papers and such.