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Canadian Oxford Dictionary*Canadian Oxford Dictionary
Editor: Katherine Barber
Published: June 2004 by Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195418166
Dimensions: 1888 Pages, 7.72in x 10.3in x 2.3in
Estimated price (in CDN $): $39.56 - $59.95
Get more info or buy from: | Chapters | Oxford University Press

More information online: Information about the Canadian Oxford Dictionary is available on the Oxford University Press's Web site. They offer historical background, information about how the dictionaries are researched, biographical details of the people behind the books, what's new, and an explanation of why Canadians need a Canadian dictionary.

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary* Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (11th edition)
Published: January 2003 by Merriam Webster Inc.
ISBN: 0877798079
Dimensions: 1664 Pages, 7.04in x 10.06in x 1.94in
Estimated price (in CDN $): $18.87 - $19.76
Get more info or buy from: | Chapters

Available in hardcover, CD-ROM, and online versions.

More information online: Information about Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary is available on the Merriam-Webster Online Web site. They offer a searchable online dictionary and thesaurus, a "word of the day" feature, daily puzzles and games, podcasts, browser toolbars and plugins, and access to premium (paid) services (which can be sampled with 14-day free trials). Their premium online services are actually fairly reasonably-priced: access to Merriam-Webster Unabridged costs only $4.95 per month or $29.95 per year (US dollars) for access to their dictionaries (unabridged Webster's Third New International, Collegiate Dictionary, Spanish-English, and French-English), Collegiate Thesaurus and Encyclopedia, atlas, and other resources. Access to just is only $14.95 US per year.

The Canadian Style*The Canadian Style
Authors: The Translation Bureau of PWGSC
Published: July 1997 by Dundurn Press
ISBN: 1550022768
Dimensions: 312 Pages, 6.0in x 9.0in x 0.5in
Estimated price (in CDN $): $18.20 - $23.95
Get more info or buy from: | Chapters | Federal Publications Inc.

This reference book was produced by the Translation Bureau of Public Works and Government Services. It is offered in English and French (as Le Guide du rédacteur).

More information online: Termium is a trilingual (English, French, and Spanish) terminology and linguistic database from the Translation Bureau that, in addition to its database, offers paid subscribers access to several writing tools including this manual. Government of Canada employees have free access to Termium through the government's intranet.

Chicago Manual of Style*Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition)
Published: September 2003 by the University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226104036
Dimensions: xx Pages, xx
Estimated price (in CDN $): $40.88 - $61.95
Get more info or buy from: | Chapters

More information online: The Chicago Manual of Style Online site offers the table contents and index for the manual as well as subscriber-only access to the full text of the print manual (a 30-day free trial is available), a searchable and browseable grammar Q&A, tools, and a PDF facsimile of the first edition of the manual from 1906.

The Elements of Style*The Elements of Style
William Strunk and E. B. White
Published: 2000 (4th edition) by Longman
ISBN: 020530902X
Dimensions: 105 pages, 4.5 x 7.25 x 0.31 in
Estimated price (in CDN $): $5.95 - $10.76
Get more info or buy from: | Chapters: 4th edition/Original

More information online: You can read the entire copy of Strunk's original 1918 version of the book at and White's version at the George Orwell Library site. You can also get some additional information about the book from Wikipedia and from Christina Wodtke's Boxes and Arrows blog essay "Putting the White back in Strunk and White".

Microsoft Manual of Style*Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications (3rd edition)
Published: June 2004 by Microsoft Press
ISBN: 0735617465
Dimensions: 608 Pages, 7.3in x 9.2in x 1.2in
Estimated price (in CDN $): $29.03 - $43.99
Get more info or buy from: Chapters

The latest version of the print manual is based on version 4.5 of the Compressed HTML Help, which is/was only available to Microsoft employees and partners. The book+CD-ROM version includes digital copies of the Microsoft Computer Dictionary and Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking.

More information online: Version 3 of the Compressed HTML Help version of the manual was offered as a free download by Microsoft when it was initially released. They've since removed the download from their site but it is still available for download from the personal site of a German technical writer (note: clicking that link will start the download of the actual .chm file).

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