AskOxford.com is a language-orientated entertainment and academic reference resource focusing on the needs and interests of undergraduates and the general public. It is maintained by Oxford University Press (OUP) as a gateway to primarily English language web-based tools. Current attractions include the quote and proverb of the week, the history of Scrabble and a popular guide to the origins and nature of World English.The site's major strength is a collection of links relating to the improvement of writing skills ranging from spelling, punctuation and vocabulary tips to more complex assistance concerning the preparation of essays, reports, and notes and presentations for meetings. Links to related commercially available OUP products are also provided.In addition, there are some general formatting and punctuation instructions in English for the proper preparation of documents in French, German, and Spanish, as well as a list of useful linguistic and cultural resources under headings for each of these languages and Italian.
Education UK is a website produced by the British Council and others to help international students interested in studying for a UK course or qualification. Information is provided about degree, undergraduate and postgraduate study and courses in the UK - England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. There is useful information about living and studying in the UK. This includes a virtual tour of the UK, in which the user can click on the map to find out more about local tourist attractions. Background material on courses, places to study and entrance requirements is provided, as well as contact numbers for individual universities and colleges, and details of the new streamlined visa application process now in place for international students. News stories from UK academia are presented here to promote British education, teaching, and research. It is possible to browse the site by subject such as: history; philosophy; and general humanities. There is a course search facility specifically for English language courses in the UK. As well as information for those considering education or study in the UK, there is detailed information about online and distance learning degrees.The site is owned and operated by the Education UK website partnership (The British Council in partnership with Hotcourses, and UCAS (Universities & Colleges Admissions Service) Enterprises Ltd and CSU Enterprises Ltd (a registered charity which supports the work of careers advisory services in higher education) trading under the name of Education Websites Ltd). If a users registers at the website then they can send an email, apply online and save courses to the My Education UK service. The British Council has produced similar presentations of Education UK specifically for audiences in countries across the world, including many Commonwealth countries, the USA, and Japan. These are linked to from the home page.
This web page provides a guide to writing scholarly English. Firstly, reasons are given for the existence of stylistic conventions. These are followed by a detailed guide to punctuation and grammar, looking at the use of grammatical logic in essays, and issues concerning vocabulary. Hints and tips are provided for students wishing to improve their style. After this, the author includes a short section on conventions for scholarly papers, and a link to a table of correction marks. Finally, an appendix is provided giving bibliographical details of other works concerning good English usage.The guide is clear and succinct and includes helpful examples. It should provide a useful reference source for students uncertain of their grammar or scholarly style.
English Today (ET) is a quarterly journal covering all aspects of the English language: its history, literature and linguistics; international variations; uses and abuses; neologisms; the influence of the new communication technologies on English; academic models of the language; teaching of the international standard language. ET will be of interest to linguists, teachers of English, advanced language students, and professionals working with the English language (writers, broadcasters, journalists). A ten-year thematic index is published in ET vol.11, No 1, January 1995. The site offers a general overview of the printed journal, its editorial board, and instructions for contributors. Special discounts are available for members of certain professional organisations. Abstracts are available online, starting with volume 1, issue 01 (1985).
This website provides subscription information for the Journal of English for Academic Purposes (JEAP). It provides abstracts and contents of all issues from volume 1, issue 1, 2002 and full access to one free sample copy of the journal as well as a search engine for locating articles by particular authors or containing particular keywords. JEAP publishes articles, book reviews, conference reports, and academic exchanges in the linguistic, sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic description of English as it occurs in the contexts of academic study and scholarly exchange itself. A wide range of linguistic, applied linguistic and educational topics may be treated from the perspective of English for academic purposes; these include: classroom language; teaching methodology; teacher education; assessment of language; needs analysis; materials development and evaluation; discourse analysis; acquisition studies in EAP contexts; research writing and speaking at all academic levels; the sociopolitics of English in academic uses and; language planning. The journal also includes review essays and reviews of research on topics important to EAP researchers.
The Literary Encyclopedia provides bibliographies and text profiles for a wide range of authors, as well as critical summaries of many classic texts. Whilst the encyclopaedia's primary focus is on English literature, classical authors and works are also well represented, and their is a growing body of entries on European and international literature. Basic records are free to read (this is normally the first 400 words); whilst subscription is required to view the full entries. There are about 5,900 authors listed, 17,500 works and 1,500 topics all written by experts in their field. Using the advanced search facility it is possible to list authors according to genre, sex, period and culture. The site is constantly under development with the aim of adding many new entries and expanding existing ones. It includes an extensive Links database (over 4,000 links), a stylebook and glossary.
The website of the Study Advice Service at the University of Hull, while primarily aimed at on-campus students, has plenty of open access resources of use to any researcher or student needing advice and guidance on their academic writing style. Downloadable as PDF or Word files, the resources available include topics such as: the correct use of apostrophes and capital letters; advice on critical thinking; essay writing tips; and help on preparing for examinations and dissertations. Some topics are designed as quizzes and video material is also available, with advice on: time-management; referencing; and the risks of plagiarism. There is a very wide coverage of topics from the most simple confusions in grammar and punctuation to more complex and high level problems. The site is aimed at students at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. This is a comprehensive and very well considered resource. It is also easy to use.
The Sussex Language Institute: Study Skills Web resource is provided by the University of Sussex and is aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate international students studying in the UK. Much of the material is also useful for general advice on university-level academic core skills. The material is presented in seven main sections: 'Some Core Concepts' which includes principles of successful communication, critical analysis, and academic essays and conventions; 'Assessment and Tutors' which includes suggestions about the importance of feedback, the aims and usefulness of assessments, and advice on communicating with university tutors; 'Reading,' including note-taking, selective and critical reading, and understanding arguments; 'Preparing for Written Work' which includes advice on how to choose topics and/or essay questions, planning and brainstorming; 'Writing,' including advice on structure and grammar; 'Seminars' which includes frequently asked questions and information on effective seminar participation; and 'Examples and Exercises' which provides some samples of well-written undergraduate and Masters level work. There is also a section which provides links to other useful study skills websites.
The University of Minnesota (USA) study skills Web pages provide detailed advice and information on various aspects of university core skills. The website is aimed at undergraduates at the University of Minnesota but the online resources are open-access and contain much that would be useful to any higher education students. Extensive advice is offered on the following: exams; general study skills (including memory skills and learning styles); motivation and concentration; note taking; reading; stress management; themes and term papers; and time management. Each section includes links to more in-depth advice and there are numerous quizzes and step-by-step guides to facilitate learning and implementation of the skills. There are also specific sections for foreign language learning and maths and science. Each section is available to download as a printable PDF.
'Write Better English' is an Australian website which aims to connect "people who love words and who can write well with people who want to improve their writing". It is likely to be of use to undergraduates, budding writers, and any scholar needing to develop writing skills with an emphasis on style and punctuation, with an informal but accurate approach. The site can be browsed by type of user or their requirements. As an example, the section for students includes: access to the seminal work by William Strunk, 'Elements of Style', first published in 1918; a list of tips for essay writing; advice on common writing mistakes; and suggested words for developing a wider vocabulary. The resources section includes: a blog; a forum; and book reviews, many of which are available to more than one user-group. The site requires free registration for membership, although a considerable amount of material is open-access.
This online resource has been created to offer advice for faculty and students about using writing as part of studies in a wide range of disciplines. It can be of use to both English speaking and foreign students who wish to improve their writing skills. The website is divided into sections which are organised thematically. These include, for example, a comprehensive page 'Academic Writing' which offers advice on handling genres, such as literature review, book review and article critique, or on understanding approaches, such as reading critically, using thesis statements, integrating sources. The section 'Material for Faculty' focuses on the challenges of integrating writing into disciplinary courses, designing assignments, giving feedback, or helping second-language learners. The website also includes a comprehensive bibliography of relevant printed publications in the 'Books on Writing' section, and a page listing writing related links. The remaining sections provide details of the existing writing courses and centres at the University of Toronto.
Writing Purposefully in Art & Design (Writing PAD) is a 3 year project led by Goldsmiths College, with Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and the Royal College of Art. The aim of the project is to raise awareness of the common problems that Art & Design students encounter with traditional writing practices, and to raise awareness of alternative models of good practice. The website provides case studies on tried and tested modules where writing takes a central place, and also invites members of the Higher Education Art and Design community to submit their own case studies. In addition, the website includes reports, discussion papers, symposium presentations, a news section, a list of related links, and contact details. The project is funded by the HEFCE Fund for the Development of Teaching and Learning (FDTL Phase 4).