Academic Writing Websites
Here are four websites we recommend to our students to use when writing essays or doing written work in class. These sites help with key skills of paraphrasing and summarising too.
Cambridge Online Dictionary (English to English)
This dictionary provides an in-depth explanation, key pronunciation and example sentences. At university level English learning it's a good idea to use an English-to-English dictionary to check unknown words and improve your lexical repertoire (knowledge of words).
Ozdic Collocation Search
www.ozdic.com is an excellent website that offers key collocations (words and phrases that go together). This collocation search will help fluency in writing and use more academic formal vocabulary. Below is an example of a collocation search for 'analysis'. It shows key adjectives and verbs used with analysis.
Manchester Phrase Bank
Manchester University has produced a comprehensive bank of academic phrases under a variety of topics, methods, results, defining, introductions, conclusions and more. The author has given AEUK permission to use a reduced list on this website - click here. Below is an example of the types phrases - this is not considered plagiarism because these are common language phrases not ideas.