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XJTLU Referencing

Find essentials of academic writing and referencing in this guide!

Books on Academic Writing

Explore books relevant to Academic Writing and writing in library's collections.

Websites & Strategies

As a university student, writing academic papers is a necessary task. Academic writing is different from secondary school writing. The following online resources will help you to get some basic ideas and tips about academic writing.


What is an academic paper?

-- An article from the Dartmouth Writing Program, Dartmouth College

The article consists of the following sections:

·     Writing for College

·     Constructing an Informed Argument

·     Choosing an Appropriate Topic

·     Finding a Rhetorical Stance

·     Considering Structure

·     Using Appropriate Tone and Style

·     Tips for Newcomers


Harvard University Writing Resources

-- Writing resources provided by Harvard Writing Center


Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

-- An online writing lab set up by Purdue University

It is a famous website where students, teachers and researchers can find different types of instructions regarding academic writing and professional writing, including report style, citation format and how to avoid plagiarism.

Online Open Courses

A Beginner's Guide to Writing in English for University Study

This online course is developed to help you learn the basics of academic writing and develop your English language skills.


Academic Integrity: Values, Skills, Action

This online course will explore academic integrity and how you can demonstrate it in your work, study and research at university.


An Intermediate Guide to Writing in English for University Study

This online course will help to expand your academic English skills and learn the necessary extended writing and research skills for producing an thorough and high standard extended essay.