Category Archives: Writing guides

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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UPC English Style Guide

The UPC English Style Guide is a set of guidelines on writing institutional and academic texts in English at the University. It is part of the UPC’s Llibre d’estil lingüístic. The content of these guidelines is taken from the Vives University Network’s Interuniversity Style Guide for Writing Institutional Texts, an interuniversity project in which the UPC participated with the support of the Secretariat for Universities and Research of the Government of Catalonia.

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SciDev.Net Practical Guides

How do I write a scientific paper? presents tips on how to present the results of a study, and give it the best chance of publication. How do I submit a paper to a scientific journal? takes you through the processes involved in submitting a paper and reacting to a journal’s response. It also provides guidance on what to do if your paper is rejected or accepted.

Both these guides are contained on the SciDev.Net site, which includes many other guides and useful information about science and writing.

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Writing guide for undergrads

Grammar, usage and writing skills are often not covered after secondary school, and yet undergraduate programs have high expectations for the papers their students submit. The Writing Guide for Undergrads provides tips and links on grammar, style and writing different types of text.

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Essay and report writing skills

The Open University’s unit on Essay and report writing skills is designed to help you to develop the skills you need to write effectively for academic purposes. It contains clear instruction and a range of activities to help you to understand what is required, and to plan, structure and write your assignments or reports. You will also find out how to use feedback to develop your skills.

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Center for Writing Studies

This centre at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign offers a variety of resources for writing. These include a Grammar Handbook that explains and illustrates basic grammatical rules and common problems of usage, a Handbook of Citation Styles, which summarizes the bibliographical formatting rules for the American Psychological Association style and the Modern Language Association style, and a Handbook of Writing Tips with advice on types of document, document sections and the writing process.

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Explorations of Style

Explorations of Style is a blog by Rachael Cayley, senior lecturer in the Office of English Language and Writing Support in the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto. The blog offers readers an ongoing discussion of the challenges of academic writing and discusses strategies to improve the process of expressing our research in writing.

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Federal Plain Language Guidelines

Plain language (also called Plain English) is communication your audience can understand the first time they read or hear it. The Plain Language Guidelines help authors to write clearly for publication on paper or on the web. The site also has links to other resources such as words and expressions to avoid, checklists to ensure that your writing is suited to the target audience and examples of good and bad writing.

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LearnHigher

LearnHigher is a resource site for higher education students and staff. It offers resources on academic writing, report writing, critical thinking, reading, referencing and many other subjects.

LearnHigher was set up as a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and is now under the auspices of the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education.

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