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Resources for Academic Writing

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.

1. Getting Started

Useful keywords to locate books and media resources:
Some examples:

Useful websites:

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

Useful keywords to locate books and media resources:
Some examples:

3. Check your Grammar

Useful keywords to locate books and media resources:
Some examples:

Useful websites:

4. Use the Right Documentation Style

Decide which citation styles to use. The citation style you use depends on your discipline. If you're not sure, check with your professor. Refer to this Citation Guide.

Also, have a quick tour of tools available here!

5. Further help

More help from here!