Online Tools and Resources

The fol­lo­wing is a list of online tools and resour­ces that the Aca­de­mic Lab | Uni­Spra­che­Eng­lisch has com­pi­led. They should help you with many aspec­ts of aca­de­mic wri­ting, from fin­ding the right expres­si­on or term and choo­sing the right style to working with spe­ci­fic text types and fin­ding model papers and the­ses.

Machi­ne Trans­la­ti­on, Style Edi­tors, and Dic­tio­n­a­ries
Note: If you use a machi­ne trans­la­tor or bilin­gu­al dic­tion­a­ry to find a term or expres­si­on, the next step is to veri­fy it on a credi­ble mono­lin­gu­al website(s) and/or by doing a Goog­le search. Search the phra­se in quo­ta­ti­on marks, perhaps adding a key­word such as your field, and an appro­pria­te domain. (“phra­se” key­word site:edu OR “phra­se” key­word
  • DeepL Trans­la­tor (bet­ter than Goog­le trans­la­te) Link:
  • Bilin­gu­al dic­tio­n­a­ries: (espe­ci­al­ly the forum), (words in con­text), (defi­ni­ti­on and then “in con­text”), (Inter­ac­tive Ter­mi­no­lo­gy for Euro­pe)
  • The Writer’s Diet (dia­gnostic tool desi­gned to give you feed­back on your wri­ting. Based on Helen Sword’s book of the same name) Link:
  • Pro­Wri­ting Aid (grammar guru, style edi­tor, and wri­ting men­tor in one) Link:
  • Mer­ri­am Webs­ter Dic­tion­a­ry (stan­dard dic­tion­a­ry and the­sau­rus for Ame­ri­can Eng­lish) Link:
  • Ame­ri­can Heri­ta­ge Dic­tion­a­ry (usa­ge pane­list of 200 experts sur­vey­ed regu­lar­ly about pre­fer­red usa­ge) Link:
  • Oxford Dic­tion­a­ry (stan­dard dic­tion­a­ry and the­sau­rus for Bri­tish Eng­lish) Link:
Style Gui­des and Usa­ge Manu­als
  • Chi­ca­go Manu­al of Style (stan­dard style gui­de used by wri­ters and edi­tors for Ame­ri­can Eng­lish; see also APA Style Gui­de, MLA Style Gui­de, or other gui­de used in your field) Link:
Aca­de­mic Wri­ting
  • The Pur­due Online Wri­ting Lab (infor­ma­ti­on about wri­ting in gene­ral, rese­arch papers, and spe­ci­fic text types, such as cover let­ters and essays) Link:
  • Uni­ver­si­ty of Man­ches­ter Phrase­bank (phra­ses to use for various pur­po­ses in wri­ting such as being cri­ti­cal, describ­ing quan­ti­ties, and giving examp­les) Link:
  • The Wri­ting Cen­ter. The Uni­ver­si­ty of North Caro­li­na at Cha­pel Hill (infor­ma­ti­on about wri­ting papers and other assign­ments, cita­ti­ons, and wri­ting for spe­ci­fic fields) Link:
  • Har­ward Col­le­ge Wri­ting Cen­ter (infor­ma­ti­on for spe­ci­fic fields) Link:
  • Using Eng­lish for Aca­de­mic Pur­po­ses: A Gui­de for Stu­dents in Hig­her Edu­ca­ti­on Link:
  • iWri­te (duo­lin­go for aca­de­mic Eng­lish, desi­gned at Hum­boldt-Uni­ver­si­tät Uni­ver­stiy, only works for Macs) Link:
  • Dai­ly wri­ting tips (to impro­ve your wri­ting every day) Link:
Sam­ple Arti­cles, The­ses, and Dis­ser­ta­ti­ons
Punc­tua­ti­on, Grammar, and Vocab

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