Top Online Resources for Essay Writing
Essay writing, for most students, is the most frustrating and stressful part of being a student.
17:31 16 October 2017
Picture it: Staring at a fresh white page on your Word document, the expanse broken up only by the daunting title underlined harshly in black and the time ticking down to the looming deadline. It’s enough to send even the brightest of students running for a UK essay writing service. But in an age where students and technology go hand in hand, it’s safe to say that the world has responded to the discomfort around these writing assignments and have provided quite the wealth of resources online to help. The question students are faced with now, however, is where to start?
The Owl Writing Lab
The Owl Writing Lab is one of the most comprehensive resources for getting started writing an essay. If you have even the slightest struggle with structuring an essay, Purdue University’s online writing lab has the information you need to get over the first hurdles no matter how big or small they are. From structuring an essay, to establishing arguments within your writing and learning how to cite exactly where you got the facts for your argument from, you’re likely to find what you’re looking for. There’s even sections for email etiquette and school applications so this resource can be useful even after the hand in date.
Grammarly is a god send for anyone who struggles with spelling and grammar. Unfortunately, we aren’t all blessed with a natural ability to write in perfectly formed sentences, and we definitely aren’t all immune to the odd typo that can be missed from time to time, but Grammarly can help you catch these mistakes that you might’ve otherwise missed. This free writing app can help you make sure that your spelling is correct, your grammar is on point, and even ensure that your writing is easy to read. You can pay for extra services if you wish, but the services available for free are more than enough on their own.
Have you been told that you can’t use Wikipedia as a source? Or maybe you’ve just found that there might be some truth in the rumours that it isn’t trustworthy? Encyclopedia.com is a far more academic approach to giving you the information that you need, and will even look good in a bibliography. The information on this site is simple and brief, but has a useful overview of what you need to know to make sense of a subject so it’s well worth taking a look, even if it’s just a starting point.
The most time consuming part of the entire essay writing process, without a doubt, is citations – especially when you forget to cite your sources while you’re writing and end up with a big pile to do at the end. A tool – like Citation Machine, for example – can form citations for you and in the style that your university or institution requires. You can even edit the information as needed if something comes up a little wrong without affecting the layout of the citation.
Finding the sources for an academic essay can be a pain, especially when it comes to journals and other scholarly documents. Luckily, Google has answered this struggle with Google Scholar, a service that only provides you with documents worthy of a thesis – in other words, journals and academic writings that can be trusted and are filled with all the relevant information you could dream of.
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