The BBI Dictionary of English Word Combinations, by Benson, Benson and Ilson, 1997, ISBN 90 272 2166 9 (that’s the European paperback ISBN) is a superb book for anyone writing English, even native speakers. The first edition was called The BBI combinatory dictionary of English and appeared in 1986, filling a gap – when I learned to write serious German at university, I used to use the Duden Stilwörterbuch to find which verbs and prepositions went with which noun.
This book is also surprisingly reliable.
Languagehat has a quote from the introduction showing the kind of collocations that can be found. I will quote the new edition on damages:
bq. damages n. [“compensation”] 1. to award ~ (the court awarded ~) 2. to claim; sue for ~ 3. to pay; receive; recover ~ 4. compensatory; exemplary, punitive; nominal ~ 5. ~ for 6. in ~ (to award one thousand dollars in ~)
The book is surprisingly reliable – most dictionaries are not that reliable.