External Resources

Below we have collected links to websites that may be helpful when you write. The websites cover various aspects of academic communication, as well as language and grammar. Use them wisely; not everything that is written on these websites may apply to your writing assignment.

Phrasebank and List of Transition Words

The Academic Phrasebank from University of Manchester is a collection of useful academic phrases. Please remember to use this site for inspiration only – you should not use phrases that you feel uncertain about, as they may mean something different than you think or may be unsuitable in your specific field.

List of Transition Words: Michigan State University offers a list of useful transition words, which can help you highlight connections in your text. See also the pages on transitions on the UNC and the Purdue OWL websites below.

About Academic Writing and Grammar

Academic English Online, by Queen Mary University of London, offers information about academic writing, but also about seminar skills and grammar. There are many good exercises.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (Purdue OWL) is another comprehensive online resource, with information both about academic writing and writing in general. There is a good section of some basic aspects of English grammar.

The Writing Center at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) offers a wide variety of handouts on various aspects of writing and other academic tasks. You can, for example, read about how you can revise your text or why we procrastinate – and what we can do about it.

Dictionaries and Thesauruses

When you use a dictionary or thesaurus to find the appropriate word to use, do your best to ensure that you understand what the word actually means. One way of ensuring this is to enter the new word into the dictionary and/or thesaurus to see if you get the results you expect.

Merriam-Webster is affiliated with Encyclopaedia Britannica and offers a free online dictionary. They also have a good thesaurus.

Dictionary.com also offers both a dictionary and a thesaurus.

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