Write better academic essays: helpful writing websites

hello and welcome to academic English UK presentation on useful academic writing websites specifically for essay writing today I’m going to provide a whole range of different websites you can use to improve your academic vocabulary grammar and fluency in writing so to begin with the Cambridge dictionary it is recommended that international students use an English to English dictionary that is trustworthy and reputable and we recommend the Cambridge dictionary so the Cambridge dictionary is relatively easy to use I’m going to use the word analyse good academic word now the Cambridge dictionary provides the word it tells you it’s form and it provides pronunciation analyze and it provides this which is called the phonetics but more importantly is it gives a definition or an explanation of the word which will help develop your understanding of English but also of that key word it also provides a whole range of examples as well okay a more detailed dictionary is called the Longman dictionary contemporary English this provides a whole range of information about key words so I’m going to use the noun this time analysis now the Longman dictionary provides a whole range all the different word forms of analysis so the adjective form and the person an analyst it also gives a clear separation of its syllables so it’s a four syllable word it offers again British and in pronunciation it also tells us that it’s in the top three thousand spoken words and the top three thousand written words but more importantly it tells us that it’s in the academic word list it gives good explanations and also examples but the difference is that you can listen a detailed analysis of the week’s news which is really helpful for presentations but really importantly is it provides something called collocations collocations or words that commonly go together or sometimes I refer to them as word friends so here adjectives that go with analysis would be detailed or in-depth analysis or a careful analysis and this is fluency it also provides verbs to carry out or conduct an analysis very useful for paraphrasing or fluency in your academic writing right next is synonyms for Saurus comm is a synonym website so again I’m just going to use the word analysis to demonstrate key synonyms so synonyms means similar words and this website provides a whole list and the darker all orange other words the most similar to the word analysis and the lighter orange are not as similar underneath it provides antonyms which are the opposite of the key word not the similar way but the opposite word okay personally I prefer just to use Google for synonyms so here I would just put in the word analysis plus sy n and this gives me a whole list of synonyms and you can probably see that you actually get more of a range of words from Google than you do from this Orascom this is a great resource for paraphrasing okay collocation z’ we’ve talked about collocations already and hasta com is dedicated to just collocations so you put in your word and I’ll use analysis and again it gives a real great range of adjectives that collocate with analysis verbs etc okay next is academic phrases the University of Manchester have created an academic phrase Bank this phrase Bank is setting two topics and each topic has a range of phrases within it so for example if I was reporting results and I was referring to data then I can use these types of phrases the table below illustrates as can be seen from the graph slightly more detailed academic language puppets is being critical so if I wanted let’s just to say identify a weakness in a paper I could use phrases like James fails to acknowledge the main weakness of the study is the failure to address so this would help me achieve critical analysis in a paper so there’s lots of different phrases that you can use and this is not plagiarism because plagiarism is copying people’s ideas this is just using language a great resource and this will lift up or increase your grades of your overall academic language okay next is grammarly now grandma Lilly is not necessarily academic but it’s a good way of checking your grandma vocabulary as you’re writing basically grammarly is similar to a spell checker where it underlies key words that have problems in your writing and it offers a range of different alternatives now if you pay for the premium service it gives explanations of why there are differences in these words so here we have drawing a while and explains the differences of using these linkers perhaps the difference between ride and riding that you’re using and it talks about gerunds and infinitives and here is a difference in verb tenses so this is a good way to improve your understanding of grammar and vocabulary rather than going off and referring to books or trying to find the answers this grammarly provides that now grammerly has a free version which only really checks grammar and spelling but if you wanted all the advanced checks and information on grammar and vocabulary then you would have to go premium I checked the price today and in March 2018 it’s 140 dollars a year but for that kind of price you’re getting a whole range of services to help you improve your grammar and vocabulary but also there’s a plagiarism checker as well which would help with your paraphrasing okay finally is a reference generator or a website called cite this for me and this helps to create references it uses all different reference systems like Harvard APA Chicago I Triple E and and you basically just put in the name of the book or the journal that you’re using and it will create the reference something like this so it will create an in-text reference for you and it would do a bibliography reference in your particular referencing system and then you can just copy and paste that into your reference list so an example of this website is that first of all it talks about what type of reference are you trying to do so a wreck site journal book or a whole range of different other things from I don’t know blogs all the way through to journals legislation reports then you can choose your referencing system APA I Triple E etc I’m going to choose APA and there’s lots of other things of creating bibliographies and accounts but on a basic level this is all you need here so I’m got journal but I’ve been reading and I’m just gonna put in the name of the journal it’s here so I just search and then I start looking down to see which one it is now it’s come up with – I’ve got 2014 and 2013 I’m quite sure – 2014 because it’s journal and then I have a look through just to check to make sure it’s the correct journal and the issue and the pages and then I go to the final step now if this was a electronic journal I would have to put in the access date when I went there but it’s not it’s a hard journal so I’m just gonna continue on and then here we are I’m given a reference when all I do is copy and paste it in to my reference list the bibliography won’t stay here forever that’s a good idea to create it copy it before it’s gone okay that’s the end of today’s presentation I hope you enjoyed it I hope it was helpful and if you want more information then go to our website academic English UK comm slash writing for lots of key information thank you