Technical advice on writing

As stated on the previous page, the following resources are designed to complement the support and advice of Academic Schools and Departments. Please follow your department's guidelines and only use the materials offered here to supplement these.

Note: these resources are listed in alphabetical order.

Student writing 




Links to Study Resources for Technical advice on Writing
Resource TitleDescription of ResourceSource

University of Nottingham resources


Choosing your words

PDF file icon Includes homophones (words that sound alike but are spelt differently e.g. accept/except)

University of Nottingham

Editing checklist

PDF file icon Practical strategies to check structure, paragraphing, sentences, grammar, spelling and punctuation

University of Nottingham

Insessional Distance Learning Materials

These contain a number of academic writing modules. These are primarily intended for those students for whom English is not their first language, but they are available to everyone.

Centre for English Language Education (CELE), University of Nottingham (UoN access only)

Presentation and style

PDF file icon  Advice on formatting and layout of assignments and writing style

University of Nottingham

Read and Write Gold

Click Start > UoNApplications > (UoN) Read&Write 11

Note the availability of video guides for each icon on the Read&Write toolbar. Click the black triangle alongside an icon and select the last item in the drop-down list e.g. Watch Spelling video tour...

TextHelp / University of Nottingham (UoN access only)

Other resources

ARIES (Assisted Revision in English Style) 

Advice and exercises on punctuation and spelling

Please contact IS if you have problems accessing this link

University of Glasgow and STELLA 

Free proofreading package you can download and use

As a general good practice guide before doing any document review, back up your work before use and check formatting after use and back up your amended document

Grammarly Inc.

UEfAP (Using English for Academic Purposes)

This site covers a range of issues for using English for academic purposes, including accuracy, assessment, grammar, listening, preparing, reading, speaking, vocabulary, and writing.

If you are accessing the site on a tablet or mobile, you may find accessing the site through is best.

Andy Gillett, UEfAP

Writing skills

Multimedia advice on aspects of writing e.g. sentence structure

University of Sheffield