The World Atlas of Language Structures Online

Posted on Friday, November 23, 2012

The World Atlas of Language Structures (WALS) is the online version of the renowned book published in 2005 by Oxford University Press. Revised in 2011, the current version offers students and researchers a comprehensive database of structural properties of languages of the world, fully indexed and searchable via interactive tools.


  • Highly informative chapters providing a complete overview of all aspects of language structure: phonology, morphology, nominal categories, nominal syntax, verbal categories, word order, simple clauses, complex sentences, lexicon, sign languages
  • Advanced search functions allowing convenient access to specific data on any language in several ways: alphabetically, by language family, by region, or by country
  • Searchable database of cited references with various export options, ideal for researchers
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LEO: Literacy Education Online

Posted on Wednesday, November 07, 2012

LEO (Literacy Education Online) is a website about writing that offers a wealth of useful resources for students looking to improve this important skill. Written by Sharon Cogdill and Judith Kilborn and affiliated with the Write Place (the writing center at St. Cloud State University), LEO gives students practical writing tips and advice via a problem-based checklist that covers every aspect of academic writing from starting a writing project to revising and citing sources.


  • Introduces the process of writing and how to deal with writer's block
  • Explains different types of writing and how to write them: abstracts, annotated bibliographies, book reviews, comparison and contrast essays, definition essays, descriptive essays, narratives, process essays, reaction papers, research papers, summaries
  • Gives step-by-step instructions for writing research papers with specific guidelines on paraphrasing and citing sources
  • Offers tips and advices on writing resumes and cover letters
  • Provides an overview of English grammar and explains key problem areas
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