• The Writing Center - UNC Chapel Hill  

    This site offers a variety of information related to the writing process, research, editing, and completing assignments.  These handouts are extremely useful for nearly every academic pursuit, from 9th grade English to graduate-level research.  


  • SparkNotes  

    This is an excellent resource for students.  Sparknotes helps students to understand and connect to literature by providing insightful summaries, analysis, character studies, study questions, and other tools.  Students should use this website to help them understand the texts we will be reading.  SPARKNOTES SHOULD NOT BE USED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR DOING THE READING!!!  Rather, this is a tool to help with comprehension and analysis.  Class assignments, tests, and projects will target knowledge of the texts, and simply reading the Sparknotes will not be sufficient to be successful in class.  Do your reading, consult helpful resources, and contact Mr. Tibbens if you have any questions or problems. 

  • Dictionary/Thesaurus/Reference

     This website offers a great deal of information.  By clicking on the radio buttons at the top of the page, users can access an online dictionary, thesaurus, and basic reference site.  This is a great tool for writers, readers, and researchers. 

  • Online Etymology Dictionary  

    The Online Etymology Dictionary is a dictionary-style compilation of etymological information for thousands of words.  Unlike a regular dictionary, it does not focus on spelling, pronunciation, or usage; rather, it shows how a word has developed and how it is/has been used in the English language.  It is a great resource for the Etymology class, as well as other students who have questions about words' meanings or origins. 

  • Wordinfo.info/  

    This is an excellent resource for vocabulary work that includes word components/roots from Latin and Greek.  The site features a searchable database of roots and whole words that can help students learn and understand connections between words and their components.  

  • Wikipedia  

    "Wikipedia [...] is a Web-based free-content multilingual encyclopedia project. It exists as a wiki, a website that allows any visitor to edit its content. The word Wikipedia is a portmanteau of the words wiki and encyclopedia. Wikipedia is written collaboratively by volunteers, allowing most articles to be changed by anyone with access to the website" (Wikipedia.org).  This is one of the most expansive and inclusive sources of information in the world.  Users can find, read, and edit information about nearly anything, which makes it incredibly useful.  HOWEVER, because anyone can edit and change the articles, WIKIPEDIA IS NOT A RELIABLE SOURCE, and therefore should not be used (or cited) for scholarly and academic research.  This is a great place to gather background information and find starting points for good research, but all information harvested from Wikipedia MUST be checked and verified in more reliable sources.  That being said, this is an incredibly interesting site; it is one my favorite websites.


  • Internet Movie Database  

    The Internet Movie Database is an extensive database of information about movies, television shows, actors/actresses, and production crews.  This is an excellent source of media-related information, including movie summaries, actor biographies and resumes, trivia, quotes, and reviews.  Remember, movies and television shows are written before they're ever produced or filmed, which means they fall under the umbrella of Language Arts/Literature.  In addition to being a useful research tool for school use, this site contains vast and interesting information about all your favorite films and shows.   

  • OpenOffice.org  

    OpenOffice.org is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute.
    If you do not have an MS Office Suite (or other version), download a comparable version from this site for free.
  • Project Gutenberg  

    Project Gutenberg is a digital library that offers (mostly) free online access to thousands of culturally significant texts.  Most of the texts offered on the site are "public domain," meaning that copyrights have expired, never existed, or have been waived.  This is an excellent site because it provides access to thousands of texts for free, saving users money and trips to bookstores.  Explore and enjoy! 

  • RhymeZone!  

    This website offers a wide variety of useful and interesting information.  Users can search for rhyming words, synonyms, antonyms, definitions, words with the same number of syllables, words sharing certain letters, and much more.  This is an excellent tool for writing poetry and learning about word usage in the English language. 

  • Undergraduate Writing Guide

    This website contains information and advice related to writing at the college level (including admissions/scholarships/etc.).