Category Archives: Writing guides

Academic Writing in English

UCLUCL’s AWE is a complete course in academic writing, designed to help you improve your academic writing for a variety of purposes. AWE will help you to compose essays, experimental reports, dissertations and academic articles.

It includes a self-learning course covering the creative process of academic writing, interactive exercises, checklists for reviewing your critical thinking, your arguments and your work as a whole, and a glossary of important terms.

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How to Write a Paper

WriteAPaperA brief manual written by Mike Ashby of the Engineering Department, University of Cambridge. It is designed to help those struggling with their first paper, or those who have written several but find it difficult. It takes as a model a typical Materials project: one combining experiment with modelling and computation to explain some aspect of material behaviour. The manual deals with structure, style, register, punctuation and grammar.

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Indiana University of Pennsylvania Writing Center

IUPThe Resources for Writers section of the IUP Writing Center offers a wide range of resources for student writers. They include tips on planning and structuring a text, grammar and punctuation, document sections and types (essays, papers and theses) and sample documents. The site even has a video on how to set up a blog.

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EU Interinstitutional Style Guide

EU style guideThe Interinstitutional Style Guide offers unform stylistic rules and conventions for use by the institutions, bodies, offices and agencies of the European Union. It contains conventions on grammar, punctuation, official names of institutions, currencies and legislation in 24 languages.

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How to read a paper

The British Medical Journal’s web page How to read a paper offers links to articles in the BMJ that explain how to read and interpret different kinds of research papers. The articles deal with qualitative and quantitative research, systematic reviews, meta-analyses and statistics.

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Writing for Research

In the blog Writing for Research, Prof. Patrick Dunleavy of the London School of Economics provides advice and comments on writing of non-fiction at research level. The entries deal with subjects such as paragraph writing, CV writing and literature reviews.

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CCP Resources for engineering writers

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Centre for Communication Practice offers resources for writers, focusing specifically on Electrical, Computer & Systems Engineering. It includes advice on how to write abstracts, lab reports, presentations, proposals and theses.

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Develop Your Writing

The University of Leicester’s Develop Your Writing page offers advice on writing essays, reports and dissertations. It also includes sections on critical reading and editing your texts.

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MIT Writing and Communication Center Resources

The Writing and Communication Center Resources of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology offer advice on the writing process in general and specific advice on writing research papers. The site also includes sections on grammar, style, oral presentation and visuals, and how to avoid plagiarism.

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English for Writing Research Papers

Publishing your research in an international journal is key to your success in academia. Adrian Wallwork’s English for Writing Research Papers is based on a study of referees’ reports and letters from journal editors on reasons why papers written by non-native researchers are rejected due to problems with English usage. It draws on English-related errors from around 5000 papers written by non-native authors, 500 abstracts by PhD students, and over 1000 hours of teaching researchers how to write and present research papers.

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