Guides & Resources for Academic Writing
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There are many useful guides to help you get started with your academic writing. Often learners are under pressure for time and a well placed guide or short, interactive lesson at key points can save a lot of time in the longer term. We have a compiled a number that we recommend, which many students have provided very positive feedback on.
The Manchester Phrasebank is an excellent resource for all those looking to develop their academic writing at all levels, be they undergraduate, Masters level, or academic staff. It presents lists of phases broken down into areas such as “introducing a topic,” “being critical,” “comparing and contrasting,” “classifying and listing,” and much more. It will help you to articulate your research, by prompting critical analysis of your research.
All Aboard Higher Education / Digital Learning: Interactive lesson on understanding referencing
This lesson from AllAboard.ie introduces using referencing standards to address the issue of avoiding plagiarism. It examines the distinctions between paraphrasing, quoting, citing and other ways of combining sources.
All Aboard Higher Education / Conducting a search strategy:
Zotero - Supporting Research and Academic Writing
Zotero has many strengths that can support each stage of your research journey. It can act as a bookmarking tool for your initial research stage, you may also add notes to each record to allow you to retrace your research and to make connections between sources. In the written stages of your work it can help you with your academic referencing, providing an easy to use Word plug in for in-text citations. This can create automatic bibliographic records for the Griffith College Harvard referencing style.
The Library provides training guides and online videos to support you as you learn to incorporate Zotero into your academic work. We can also offer face to face support or remotely. Contact us to find out more.
To get started, visit our Zotero Referencing Software section