Success in Academic Writing.
Day, T. (2013). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Planning your Essay.
Godwin, J. (2014). 2nd edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
How to Write Better Essays.
Greetham, B. (2018). 4th edn. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
The Academic Phrasebank.
Morley, J. (2017). Manchester: University of Manchester.
Essay Planning Help
Two short videos by Jackie Wills, former RLF Writing Fellow at the University of Sussex.
Academic Writing Blogs
Patter is Pat Thomson, Professor of Education in the School of Education, University of Nottingham.
Explorations of Style.
Rachael Cayley is an associate professor (teaching stream) in the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication, which is part of the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto.
Grammar and Punctuation
Grammar for Academic Writing.
Lynch, T. & Anderson, K. (revised and updated Elloway, A). (2013). English Language Teaching Centre: University of Edinburgh
Eats, Shoots and Leaves.
Truss, L. (2009). London: Fourth Estate.
A humorous look at the importance of punctuation.
Brilliant Writing Tips for Students.
Copus, J. (2009). London: Palgrave Pocket Study Guides.
A very short guide to the essentials of grammar and punctuation.
Stylish Academic Writing.
Sword, H. (2012). Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press
The Elements of Style.
Strunk Jr, W. & White, E.B. (1999) Cambridge: Pearson.
A timeless (and short) guide to writing clearly.
Writing with Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process.
Elbow, P. (1989). Oxford: OUP.
How to apply freewriting and fast-drafting techniques. Useful for creative projects, getting ideas down and getting past the hurdle of the ‘blank page’.
Critical Thinking Skills: Effective Analysis, Argument and Reflection.
Cottrell, S. (2017). 3rd edn. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Writing your dissertation
Writing Your Dissertation: The bestselling guide to planning, preparing and presenting first-class work. Swetnam, D. & Swetnam, S. (2000). 3rd Edn. London: How to Books.
Writing English as a Second Language
‘Writing English as a Second Language.’
Zinsser, W. (2009). American Scholar, Winter 2010.
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The links and resources above have been chosen with the help of RLF Consultant Fellows who are experienced in designing and facilitating group academic writing development activities for students.