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Compiled by English Language Librarian, Christine Ho, and Research Support Librarian, Aster Zhao, and includes resources shared by Language Instructor Linda Lin in her presentation on academic writing tools.


Academic Writing

In this section, you will find resources to help you write your paper. In "Online Tools for Writing", I include links to concordances, dictionaries, thesauri and phrasebanks. In "Library Resources", I highlight a few useful handbooks from the Library to help with your academic writing.


Online Tools for Writing


"A concordancer is a piece of software, either installed on a computer or accessed through a website, which can be used to search, access and analyse language from a corpus. They...can give us very accurate information about the way language is authentically used." [Source]

Dictionaries and Thesauri

Library Resources


How to Start Writing

How to Start Writing

English Collocation

Professional English in Use

This series combines resources and exercises to help learners improve their English writing in professional contexts. Titles cover Medicine, Engineering, Marketing, Finance, Law, and more.