Helpful Websites and Books to Improve Your English Academic Writing Websites

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Helpful Websites and Books to Improve Your English

Academic Writing


  • EAP English Exercises: Academic essays and academic writing

A collection of online exercises designed to practice skills for writing different kinds of essays. Users can also compare their answers against a series of model essays.

  • Purdue Online Writing Lab

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides writing resources and instructional material. Users can also submit brief, writing-related questions to the OWL Mail Tutors. You may also find the grammar blog useful.

  • UEfAP: Academic Writing

Explains how to write academic essays and reports; includes information on research, paragraphs, plagiarism, references and grammar. Also has a check list and a set of exercises.

  • Academic Skills

Site contains useful information about essay writing, critical reflection, referencing, editing, oral presentations, effective notetaking and active reading.

  • Using English for Academic Purposes

A guide for students in Higher Education. Includes material for listening, reading, speaking, vocabulary and writing.

Study Skills in English: A Course in Reading Skills for Academic Purposes by Michael J. Wallace

Call Number: 371.30281 W192s.2

ISBN: 0521537525, Includes CD

Read, Research and Write: Academic Skills for ESL Students in Higher Education by Caroline Brandt

Call Number: 808.042 B8211r

Academic Writing: a Handbook for International Students byStephen Bailey

Call Number: 808.042 B156a.3

Fundamentals of Academic Writing by Linda Butler

Call Number: 808.042 B9859f

Writing skills by Sam McCarter, Norman Whitby

Call Number: 428.0076 M1232w

Reading Skills by Sam McCarter, Norman Whitby

Number: 428.0076 M1232r

Writing Academic English by Alice Oshima, Ann Hogue

Number: 808.042 O82w.4

They say/I say : the moves that matter in academic writing / Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein.; 2nd ed.; 2010

Gerald. Graff Cathy Birkenstein

Number: 808.042 G7366t.2



  • Learn English: Grammar

Provides examples of different types of grammar in use. Includes Adjectives, Verbs, Nouns, Preposition, Adverbs and Pronouns.

You can practise your English grammar and vocabulary skills with interactive tests on this free website. New tests are added every week.

  • English4Today: Online English Grammar

Search or browse for examples on a wide range of grammar topics. Also has grammar FAQs.

  • English Grammar Exercises

Comprehensive list of links to English grammar exercises on other websites. Basic, Intermediate and Advanced options.

  • English4u: Grammar Exercises

Collection of exercises on tenses, questions, pronouns, prepositions, adjectives and adverbs.

A Student’s Introduction to English Grammar by Rodney Huddleston, Geoffrey K. Pullum

Number: 425 H884s
English Grammar In Use by Raymond Murphy

Number: 425 M978e.3

English Grammar: an Introduction by Peter Collins and Carmella Hollo

Number: 425 C712e.2

Exploring Grammar in Writing by Rebecca Hughes

Number: 428.24 H8943e

Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar

Number: Available online

Building Vocabulary and Word Use


  • English Club: Vocabulary

Comprehensive list of links on different aspects of vocabulary. Includes useful word lists, tips for vocabulary and a vocabulary help forum.

  • English Vocabulary Word Lists

This is a collection of English vocabulary word lists with online activities that use these word lists, including games, puzzles and quizzes

  • ESL Idiom Page

Comprehensive collection of idioms arranged in two ways. Select the arrangement that will help you most: a complete list of all idioms currently in the collection; or alphabetical lists of meanings and examples.

  • Medical English

Online exercises and games. Vocabulary for doctors, nurses and pharmacists.

  • EFL Laboratory

This site targets listening, reading, and writing skills for students enrolled in the health sciences. Here you can improve your reading, writing, and vocabulary skills in the building blocks of the health sciences: biology, chemistry, and physics.


Academic Vocabulary in Use by Michael McCarthy, Felicity O’Dell

Number: 428.24 M1234a

English Idioms in Use by Michael McCarthy, Felicity O’Dell

Number: 428.24 M1234e

English Pronunciation



A free online talking dictionary of English pronunciation.

Search for a word and you'll not only get audio of how to pronounce it, but also tagged videos of real people in real situations naturally speaking and using the word in context.

  • Dictations Online

A series of dictation exercises, from beginner to advanced, dictated by native speakers. Each exercise is read four times so you can listen, write and check your mistakes.

  • Ship or Sheep

English language pronunciation practice with minimal pairs (similar vowel and consonant sounds).

  • Australia Network - Learning English - Learning Programs

A series of television programs to help with listening and improving English skills. Programs are: Passport to English; Nexus; English Bites; The Business of English; Study English; and Living English. Video podcasts can be downloaded.

  • Splendid Speaking

Site features speaking skills for advanced learners of English. Users can try the daily vocabulary quiz and weekly 'Get Speaking' tasks and also listen to other learners in the library of Splendid Speaking recordings. Meet with other students to practise your English.
Build Your Listening Skills


  • The English Desk

Podcasts from Canada that students can use for English listening and pronunciation practice.

  • A Cup of English

Daily podcast for English listening practice with transcripts and grammar notes.

  • English as a Second Language Podcast

A series of daily English podcasts on various topics - North American accents.


Study Listening: A Course in Listening to Lectures and Note-takingby Tony Lynch

Number: 428.34 L987sl.2, Includes audio CDs

Academic Listening Encounters: Human Behavior: Listening, Note-taking and Discussion by Miriam Espeseth

Number: 428.0076 E774a CD

Learn to Listen; Listen to Learn 2: Academic Listening and Note-taking by Roni S. Lebauer Call Number: 428.24 L441l

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