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This resource from Manchester University draws on an approach to analysing academic texts originally pioneered by John Swales in the 1980s. It aims to provide you with examples of some of the phraseological ‘nuts and bolts’ of writing organised according to the main sections of a research paper or dissertation
Learn Higher Guide to Academic Writing
A series of activities from Learn Higher desgned to help you improve your academic writing skills.
Academic Writing: Recognising, Planning and Developing
Based on the work of expert Stella Cottrell, international bestselling author of The Study Skills Handbook, this interactive resource will help you hone and develop your study skills at your own pace. Each module has been carefully designed so you can assess your current proficiency, track your progress, become more confident and get the most out of your course.
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Essay Planning Workshop Recordings
Go to our Study Skills Workshops: Essay Planning page to access the following bite-sized video recordings with activities:
- Part One: Understanding & deconstructing and essay question
- Part Two: Strategies and techniques
- Part Three: Structure and writing
- Part Four: Drafting, editing and proofreading
Academic Writing Style Workshop
Taught by Paul Barnes (English For Academic Purposes Lecturer, BU).
Academic Writing (10 Days of Learning)
Taught by Dr Camila Devis-Rosental (Senior Lecturer in Service Excellence, BU) as part of the 10 Days of Learning workshop series.
Proof Reading and Editing your work
Library & Learning Support does not offer a proof-reading or checking service and so is unable to make corrections to your work or carry out editing on your behalf.
Paul Barnes can support students who do not have English as their first language. He is unable to proof read your work but is happy to read a short extract and comment on your grammar and spelling. He can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
You may be interested in the following online resources which include tips and advice on how to draft, edit and proof-read your own work -
Linking Words and Phrases
A Guide to useful phrases to link ideas within a piece of written work. Produced by Anglia Ruskin University
Understanding plagiarism (Click on Institutional Login)
If you are experiencing difficulties and need to develop your academic writing skills (e.g. you have not written an essay before, or you need to better understand paraphrasing and quoting) we strongly recommend you work through this skills for study module because it covers the following:
- Understanding plagiarism
- Quoting without plagiarising
- Choosing how much to quote
- Using or plagiarising? (includes paraphrasing)
- Ways of using other writers' text (includes paraphrasing)
- FAQs e.g. "I don't want to copy work, but other people express things so well. What can I do?" and "How can I copy words without it being plagiarised?"
Brilliant Writing Tips for Students by
Publication Date: 2010-09-15
With tips on punctuation, style, grammar and essay structure, this handy guide provides succinct and practical guidance on students' most common areas of concern in their written work. Each tipis supplemented by authentic examples of student writing, suggested re-writes, and appropriate self-help exercises.
Writing at University by
Publication Date: 2008-05-01
"Writing at University" offers guidance on how to develop the writing you have to do at university along with a greater understanding of what is involved in this complex activity. Writing is seen as a tool for learning as well as a product to be assessed. The importance of what you yourself can bring as a writer to your academic writing is stressed throughout the book. The book looks at an array of writing projects, including essays, reports and dissertations, and analyzes what is expected of each form of assignment. The authors provide examples of student writing and reflections on writing by both tutors and students. This edition includes new sections on: Making an argument and persuading your reader Using sources creatively Avoiding plagiarism Writing online Further sources of information about academic writing "Writing at University" is an essential resource for all college and university students, including postgraduates, who wish to develop their academic writing. It will also be an invaluable aid for tutors in supporting their students.