Top 3 Useful Resources for Academic Writing, Referencing and Citing

Good writing is not only a skill that comes naturally but also requires knowledge. Especially when it comes to academic and scientific papers, writers have to know how to maintain a specific writing style, while also knowing how to reference and cite properly. In this post, we want to introduce you to our favorite writing aid resources. We hope these following websites can help you to get a better grasp on how to write properly in academics and science. delivers useful overviews on life skills – from personal or interpersonal skills to leadership, presentation or parenting skills. We particularly liked the sections on learning skills and writing skills. Each section breaks down the skills into different components and explains why the component is important to build the skill. Within the learning section, we recommend the critical thinking, styles of writing and academic referencing components. These are valuable and comprehensive overviews on learning how to write individually. In the writing section, it’s definitively worth to take a look at the entire first “the essentials of writing” part. The section then introduces different pieces of writing you can choose from to learn more about, depending on your needs.

Purdue OWL

The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) is one of the most referred to writing websites in American colleges and universities. It is a great resource for general writing but also for more intense topics such as research and citation. Furthermore, it delivers in-depth information on the different writing styles MLA, APA, and Chicago. Apart from being a brilliant resource for native English speakers, Purdue OWL also provides information to ESL (English as Second Language) students. The website includes exercises for foreign speakers to test their own English skills.


Style Websites

If you checked out the two websites above but want to dive deeper into the particular writing style that your institution or academic field requires, you can take a look at the initial websites dedicated to each style.

The MLA Style refers to the Modern Language Association. This style is most commonly used in the fields of liberal arts and humanities. You can find more information about this style on their website, which also includes a comprehensive section on plagiarism!

The American Psychological Association created the APA Style. Mostly sciences, psychology and education use this style. This student resource includes the 12 Basic Rules for the APA Style. If you want to learn more, visit the APA website directly.

The Chicago Manual of Style is a little bit more complex than MLA or APA. It has two different citation structures. The Arts and Humanities use the Notes-Bibliography System (NB). Sciences rather use the Author-Date System. The Western Sydney University published a Chicago style guide that explains the basic rules very well.

Other writing styles are for example the Harvard Style or the AP Style. Even though not as common, Harvard Style is being used at many universities. The Imperial College in London provides a wonderful resource for citing and referencing in Harvard Style. The AP Style refers to Associated Press and is used for journalistic writing. Its rules change yearly and are updated on a regular basis. To keep updated, you can purchase access to the stylebook on the website.

We hope this collection of resources are useful to you. Please don’t hesitate to send us your feedback! Happy Writing!

About Cati Mayer

Cati is a communications manager and passionate writer. She grew up in Germany, finished her studies in communications and media studies, journalism and public relations in the United States and is now an advocate for human rights, particularly education. She has been involved with multiple Silicon Valley startups.

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