Research Guides

Academic Writing: Essays, Research Proposals, Reports, Technical Manuals, Documentations and Specifications


Recommended Readings


Alred, G. J., Brusaw, C. T., & Oliu, W. E. (2012). Handbook of technical writing (10th ed.). New York: St. Martin's Press.

Aveyard, H., Sharp, P., & Wooliams, M. (2011). A beginner's guide to critical thinking and writing in health and social care [Ebook library version]. Retrieved from

Bogg, D. (2012). Report writing . Maidenhead: Open University Press/McGraw-Hill Education.

Ellison, C. (2010). McGraw-Hill's concise guide to writing research papers [MyiLibrary version]. Retrieved from  

Gatrell, J. D., Bierly, G., & Jensen, R. R. (2012). Research design and proposal writing in spatial science [Springer - LINK version]. Retrieved from

Hering, L., & Hering, H. (2010). How to write technical reports understandable structure, good design, convincing presentation [Springer - LINK version]. Retrieved from  

Howard, R. M. (2010). Writing matters : a handbook for writing and research (1st ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Kalin, M., Rosen, H. J., Weygant, R. S., & Regener, J. R. (2010). Construction specifications writing : principles and procedures (6th ed.). Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons.

Karuthan, K., Abdullah, N. A., & Muhammad, A. M. (2010). Writing with sources : a guidebook for academic writers. Kuala Lumpur: McGraw-Hill Education.

Lannon, J. M., & Gurak, L. J. (2011). Technical communication (12th ed.). Boston: Pearson.

Lester, J. D., & Lester, J. D., Jr. (2010). Writing research papers : a complete guide (13th ed.). New York: Longman.

Martinez, D., Peterson, T., Wells, C., Hannigan, C., & Stevenson, C. (2011). Technical writing : a comprehensive resource for technical writers at all levels (Rev. and updated ed.). New York: Kaplan Pub.

Monippally, M. M., & Pawar, B. S. (2010). Academic writing: a guide for management students and researchers [Sage knowledge version]. Retrieved from

Soles, D. (2010). The essentials of academic writing (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning Houghton Mifflin.

Speight, J. G. (2012). Clear and concise communications for scientists and engineers [ENGnetBASE version]. Retrieved from  

Swales, J. M., & Feak, C. B. (2012). Academic writing for graduate students : essential tasks and skills (3rd ed.). Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press.

Wallwork, A. (2011). English for writing research papers [Ebook library version] Retrieved from  

Wallwork, A. (2014). User guides, manuals, and technical writing : a guide to professional English [Springer – LINK version]. Retrieved from

Whitaker, J. C., & Mancini, R. K. (2013). Technical documentation and process [ENGnetBASE version]. Retrieved from

Woodrow, L. (2014). Writing about quantitative research in applied linguistics. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.


Audio-visual Materials

Center for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis. (2013). Tips and traps for publishing qualitative research [Video file]. Retrieved from

Henry Stewart Talks. (2013). Effective SOP writing. [Video file]. Retrieved from


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Web Resources

Academic Success Centre Handouts
Maintained by Red River College.

Advice on Academic Writing
Maintained by the University of Toronto.

Assessment: Report
Written by Chan C., Assessment Resources@HKU, University of Hong Kong.

Engineering Communication Program - Online Handbook
Maintained by Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, the University of Toronto.

English Language Teaching Global Blog
Maintained by Oxford University Press.

General Writing Resources
Maintained by The Writing Lab & The OWL at Purdue and Purdue University.

Writing essays
Maintained by Oxford Dictionaries, Oxford University Press.

Writing Guides
Maintained by the Colorado State University Writing Center.

Writing Resources for GSAS Students… at Harvard and Beyond
Maintained by Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University.