Using English for Academic Purposes for Students in Higher Education (UEfAP)

  • This website contains a range of materials for teachers and learners of academic English including various aspects of academic reading (e.g., reading efficiently, taking notes, etc.) and academic writing (e.g., writing critically, avoiding plagiarism, etc.)

Best for: strategies for reading academic texts and critical reading; academic genres, features of academic writing and referencing and plagiarism.

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

  • This website offers over 200 free academic writing resources for students’, teachers’ and teacher trainers’ in-class and out-of-class use. For example, the OWL resources provide information on establishing arguments, using logic within writing, writing clearly by eliminating unnecessary words, etc.

Best for: establishing arguments, essay writing, using appropriate language; use of articles and prepositions, subject/verb agreement and verb tenses.

Academic Phrasebank (The University of Manchester)

  • This website is a useful resource for academic writers, particularly those who need to    report their research work. It contains a range of academic phrases under different headings that can be incorporated into writers’ own texts.

Best for: establishing the context of the topic, defining terms, being cautious, signalling transition, describing methods, reporting results and discussing findings.

Harvard Guide to Using Sources (Harvard University)

  • This website introduces students to the fundamentals of using academic sources. It contains information on integrating and evaluating sources, citing sources and avoiding plagiarism.

Best for:  evaluating sources, integrating sources, and  using different citation styles.

Develop your Writing (University of Leicester)

  • This website contains useful resources on academic writing skills. Specifically, it offers study guides on analysing essay titles, planning and writing academic essays, writing academic reports, critical reading, critical writing, etc.

Best for:  analysing essay titles, doing a literature review, and citation and referencing; using the comma, and using the semi-colon and colon.

Guides and Tutorials (University of Reading)

  • This website contains several study guides and video tutorials that provide expert advice and guidance on various aspects of academic writing including essay writing, report writing, reading and making notes, citing references, etc.

Best for:  planning and structuring your essay, features of good reports, and writing style.

Academic Writing (University of Worcester)

  • This website contains self-study materials for university students including a step-by-step guide to essay writing, report writing, using academic language and style, etc.

Best for: features of academic writing.

Writing (The University of Sydney)

  • This website introduces students to different types of academic writing, e.g., analytical, critical, persuasive, etc. that they are expected to be able to produce at the university level. The website also contains some advice on planning and structuring written assignments and acknowledging sources appropriately.

Best for: evidence, plagiarism and referencing.

Study Skills (Oxford Brookes University)

  • This website introduces university students to the fundamentals of being a student, research and reading, and writing and assessment. Specifically, it provides useful information on evaluating sources, explains the main features of academic style and offers practical tips on avoiding plagiarism in writing.

Best for: evaluating web-resources, guides for citing and referencing sources.

Academic English Online (Queen Mary University of London)

  • This website aims to develop university students’ skills in academic English.  The website contains some theoretical input as well as practical activities supplemented with feedback on different aspects of academic reading, e.g., note taking while reading, critical thinking, etc. and academic writing, e.g., the writing process, argumentation, hedging, etc.

Best for: academic style, use of hedging, and referencing.

Skills for OU Study (The Open University)

  • This website offers tips and guidance on planning and writing academic assignments including essays and reports, introduces students to critical reading techniques and contains useful exercises that will help students develop their academic English.

Best for: essay writing versus report writing, including supporting evidence in writing.

Writing (The University of Manchester)

  • This website aims to help students develop their writing skills, covering the differences between academic essays and reports, matters of academic language and style, guidance on different referencing conventions, and sources of extra English language support.

Best for: essay writing versus report writing and avoiding plagiarism.

Academic Vocabulary (University of Nottingham)

  • This website aims to help learners expand their academic vocabulary using the Academic Word List (AWL). It contains some word lists, texts highlighting academic vocabulary and practice exercises for students.

Best for: examples of texts highlighting academic words.

Writing (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

  • This website contains some useful activities and exercises on various aspects of academic writing including steps and process of writing essays, hedging language, content and organisation of academic reports, etc.

Best for: academic writing checklist, and the common error detector.

Academic Writing in English (LUND University)

  • This website offers some useful online resources for teaching and learning of academic writing. Specifically, it contains materials on genres and types of academic texts, the main stages of the writing process, the most common problematic areas of English grammar in writing, different ways of giving references in writing, as well as different ways of minimizing the risk of plagiarism in academic writing.

Best for: writing in academic genres, main stages of the writing process, common problems in English grammar and how to avoid them, avoiding plagiarism.

Introduction to Research (Queen’s University Library)

  • This website contains a useful guide on how to conduct research, i.e., one of the most important skills that students learn at the university.

Best for: finding resources, evaluating scholarly and non-scholarly periodicals and web-resources,   citing sources and avoiding plagiarism.

Prepare for Success (University of Southampton)

  • This website contains interactive learning resources for international students planning to study in Further Education colleges in the UK. The activities on this website provide scope for English language improvement.

Best for: reading efficiently, critical thinking, understanding course assignments, understanding referencing and plagiarism, preparing for course work and exams.