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Useful Web Sites: Questions Relating to Academic English

The following sites should be of practical use to students seeking guidance in improving aspects of their academic writing. Students from all areas of the university (the technical and natural sciences, as well as the humanities and social sciences) should be able to find something of interest here. In each case, the name of the site and a short comment on the content is given, together with the web address. All the sites were last accessed on 26 May 2013.

The Owl Family of Sites. PurdueUniversity. (1995-2006)

One of the most extensive sites available on all aspects of academic writing: structure, clarity, style, documentation and much more, including helpful examples.

APA Style

This is the official site of the American Psychological Association. Here, you can find information on a widely used system of citation and reference. In addition, “you will find tutorials, FAQs, and other resources to help you improve your writing, master APA Style, and learn the conventions of scholarly publishing.”

Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism is considered to be academic fraud. It consists of the borrowing of ideas, language or expressions from books, articles, student essays or other sources without proper referencing and is not allowed. This useful tutorial from Cardiff University offers a practical, interactive guide to avoiding plagiarism.

Dictionaries

This single link provides easy access to a large number of online dictionaries.

Guide to Grammar and Writing

There are numerous sites on the internet offering help with grammar and writing problems. This one is very comprehensive and seems reliable. A good tip to find what you are searching for is to begin with the Index button.

Last updated by Anna Liljedahl