Resources

We regularly post free resources to help you write.

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Differences between British and American English

This is a cheat sheet for the differences between American and British English.

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Oxford referencing

This is an easy-to-use guide to Oxford referencing.

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Harvard referencing

This is an easy-to-use guide to Harvard referencing.

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Spelling

Here is a cheat sheet to provide you with a convenient list of the most commonly misspelt words in English. Print out the attached pdf and stick it on your wall for quick reference.

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Overused words

If you find yourself repeating the same words continually you will find this cheat sheet invaluable. Download the free PDF to find out which words are the most overused and suggestions for synonyms to replace them with. For example:

  • important: significant, substantial, meaningful, critical, vital, notable

With this cheat sheet your work will become an absorbing read!

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How to proofread your own work

Here are 10 easy ways to proofread your own work.

These are:

  1. Wait a few days before proofreading your work.
  2. Avoid distractions.
  3. Read your work out loud to someone.
  4. Double check spellings of academic, scientific and technical terms.
  5. Proofread all parts of your work.
  6. Print out a hard copy of your work.
  7. Check your work for overused words.
  8. Proofread small chunks of text at a time.
  9. Use a spell checker.
  10. Proofread your work slowly.

10 Tips from PhD Comics for getting your thesis in on time

There are many sources of advice out there for PhD students, the best one however is a comic strip called PhD: Piled higher and Deeper. The comics are amusing, accurate and there is a lot of wisdom in them. Here are the top 10 tips:

Tip 10: Plan ahead. It's all in the outline.

Writing a thesis can be a daunting prospect. 'Divide and conquer' is a great technique to make tasks more manageable. Once you have written your literature review, it's done. It's best to do this early on when

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在讀碩士學位的這一年,Samantha真的幫了很大的忙!身為一個外國學生,就算再努力加強語言能力,還是有所不足,寫報告以及論文的時候,常常會有言不及意的狀況。因為對自己寫作能力不是那麼有信心,在網路上搜尋發現了Samantha的資訊,從那之後,每篇報告都會請她幫我修改以求盡善盡美,有了她的服務,我能將我的想法更精確的表達,同時也增進了我的英文能力。Samantha的服務品質非常好,她總是不厭其煩的幫我一改再改,同時她的工作效率也非常快速,我真的很慶幸自己可以找到這麼一位得力助手,之後也會繼續請她幫忙。

Samantha is an excellent proofreader who is full of patience and work carefully. She has been very helpful for me in this year of doing Master course. I am very satisfied with the quality and the speed of her work!

(via Google)

Bonjour à tous, Je fais des études de Commerce International et depuis le début de l'année Samantha m'aide à parfaire les documents que j'ai à rendre en anglais. Que ce soit sur un sujet spécifique lié à mes études ou alors sur des thèmes généraux touchant à la littérature ou à l'histoire elle a toujours été d'une grande aide. Je dois aussi ajouter que je suis quelqu'un qui s'y prend à la dernière minute pour tout et pourtant elle a toujours réussi à m'aider même si je la prévenais tardivement. Donc voilà un petit panorama général de ses compétences qui sont en définitive très bonnes et très variées.

Aurélie Vachon, University of Lyon

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