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Resources for Academic Writing: Home

Introduction

Academic writing of different subject areas has its own style and rules to follow.  This form of writing is different from expository composition, argumentation writing or commercial correspondence.  While it is quite hard to comprehend all research needs of every subject field, we have put together a handful of basic resources and relevant services to help you in planning your research and preparing your literature review etc.

Keep this Topical Research Guide handy as a guideline in writing an academic paper.

1. Getting Started

 

  Books

 

  AV / Electronic Materials

 

  Online Tutorial Courses

 

  Internet Resources

2. Decide the "nature" of your writing or "how formal" you need to write...

A Formal Thesis

 

  Books

 

  AV / Electronic Materials

 

  Internet Resources

Final Year Project (FYP)

 

  Books

 

  AV / Electronic Materials

 

  Online Tutorial Courses

 

  Internet Resources

Expository Writing

 

  Books

 

  AV / Electronic Materials

Business Writing

 

  Books

 

  AV / Electronic Materials

 

  Online Tutorial Courses

 

  Internet Resources

Technical Writing

 

  Books

 

  AV / Electronic Materials

4. Check your Grammar

 

  Books

 

  AV / Electronic Materials

 

  Online Tutorial Courses

 

  Internet Resources

5. Some Online Reference Works

 

  AV / Electronic Materials

 

  Internet Resources

6. Attend the Library Workshop LS033 Online Tools for Assignment Writing

Please see the announcement on the Library Homepage.

7. Use the Right Documentation Style

 

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  AV / Electronic Materials

 

  Online Tutorial Courses

 

  Internet Resources

  • Before you start, you may like to first decide on the citation style that you will use, e.g. MLA, APA etc.
  • Reference Management Tools, such as Endnote, Mendeley and Zotero, could help to manage your references and citation effectively.

Library Workshops:

Using EndNote

LS056 (Part 1: Essential Features)

LS057 (Part 2: Advanced Features)

Please refer to the announcement on the Library Homepage.

Online Tutorial:

EndNote: Youtube Training Video

Other Resources:

There are many online guides written by other libraries:

Harvard Style: APA Style:

8. Stay Plagiarism-free

 

  Books

 

  AV / Electronic Materials

 

  Online Tutorial Courses

 

  Internet Resources

  • PolyU students can use Safe Assign inside Learn@PolyU to check their assignments.

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