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Writing about art - and business: Academic English

Resources and techniques for improving your writing and study skills



Much advice about both writing about art, and academic writing in general, is free online.  These sites need evaluating carefully, but some are very good, for instance:

Academic English for International Sudents
Links selected by Royal Holloway, University of London


Academic Phrasebank
From the University of Manchester.  An excellent guide to the elements of academic style.


A guide from the University of Sussex.


Quoting and Paraphrasing Sources
From the University of Wisconsin. Useful if you are not sure if are at risk of plagiarising; please do also seek guidance from SIA faculty in this situation.


Speaking in Academic Contexts
Advice for seminars, presentations and group work.


Writing Your Essay
From the University of Manchester.


The key section of the book section is:

  • QUI.WRI writing guides.  Both general titles and more specialised guides, such as how to write literature reviews   

But see also:

  • AB.RES  research techniques in business
  • ART1.AH  theory and practice of art history