Online resources for general help with academic writing
When using these sites, in particular for essay/assessment/report structure, also refer to any specific guidance you have been given by your lecturer, tutor or supervisor.
Learnhigher: Writing for University
Help and resources on essay writing, academic writing, proofreading and more, including self-paced courses, podcasts and information guides.
Learnhigher: Academic Writing for Reports
An online guide to report writing, with advice on how to structure a report, including a breakdown of what should be in each section of a report.
Royal Literary Fund: Resources
There are two in-depth writing guides aimed at students: Writing essays: a guide, and The dissertation guide.
Plain English Campaign in the UK and Plain Language.gov in the US
Advice on writing clear English, particularly in formal documents and communication. These are general information sites, so the advice on writing may differ from advice at scientific and technical writing sites.
Online Writing Lab
Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) contains a wealth of advice on various aspects of the writing process. Remember there may be institution-specific advice at this site, so always check the advice you’ve received at College as well.
The Academic Phrasebank, at the University of Manchester, suggests examples of phrases you can use to introduce ideas, concepts, results etc. in your academic writing. The introduction points out this not a comprehensive list, and that you will need to apply some creativity when you use the phrases in your own work; equally it also states ‘The phrases are content neutral and generic in nature; in using them, therefore, you are not stealing other people's ideas and this does not constitute plagiarism.’