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Self-Study Resources for Academic Writing and Reading

A. Genre-specific writing (e.g., problem-solution essay, literature review, abstract)

Useful for:
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✓ Argumentative writing [undergraduate]
✓ Research papers (problem-solution, data commentary, abstracts, methods), book reviews [graduate-level]
✓ Literature review (e.g., organization, paraphrasing, citation, synthesis)
✓ Abstracts (conference presentations, research papers)

B. Discipline-specific writing

[Writing across the Curriculum (WAC) / Writing in the Disciplines (WID)]

Useful for:
Link/Source
✓ Legal writing [introductory]
✓ Science research writing
✓ Science writing (e.g., structure, paragraphs, words/vocabulary)

C. Flow in Writing

Useful for:
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✓ Improving the flow of writing (old-new information structure)
✓ Improving the flow of writing (examples/ exercises for old-new information structure)

https://student.unsw.edu.au/using-old-new-information-order-sentence , University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

D. Grammar

Useful for:
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✓ Grammar activities and examples of advanced academic writing (companion to Swales & Feak’s Academic Writing for Graduate Students)

E. Citations

Useful for:
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✓ Source usage and citations in academic writing
✓ Formal citation styles (e.g., APA, MLA, Chicago)

F. Academic Vocabulary and Phrases

Useful for:
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✓ Language commonly found in published academic writing, organized by function
✓ Academic vocabulary options
✓ Academic collocations: Words frequently paired together
✓ Formulaic language: ‘Chunks’ of words (short phrases) commonly found in academic writing