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Welcome to AWE — a reference source for the details of Academic Writing in British English. AWE aims to give helpful advice, rather than to be prescriptive - it does not tell you what to do. It is not a dictionary or an encyclopedia. It is meant for students in Higher Education in the UK, including non-native speakers.

AWE has moved beyond the purely experimental stage, and has proved useful; but it is not complete.
It is currently in a developmental stage. 
We welcome any comments, but cannot commit ourselves to replying individually.

                     TO COMMENT ON ANY ARTICLE IN AWE:
Send an e-mail 
to 
          academicwriting@hotmail.co.uk
[The 'talk' tabs at the top of pages - the previous system - have been attacked by spam, and weren't much used.
***   So that system IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED. 
* [It may be worth trying the old system: some 'talk' pages are still open for comment. 
*To do so: 
Click on the talk tab at the top of a page you want to comment on - 
and write your thoughts, ideas, comments or criticisms in the blank page that opens. 
It will help us if you give your name and e-address.]

Newcomers may wish to know more about AWE or get help with using AWE.

Guides

AWE is intended to help you become a better writer. This is a matter of taste and style. AWE does not set out to be judgemental: our aim is to advise you how to write in a style appropriate to your studies. We do not set out to teach you how to write formally in English; see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/english-usage/apps/awe/.

Categories

Our 3,760 articles (and more) are arranged into broad categories, which may be a useful starting point. Some examples are:

(You may also like to see the article on the first person)

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Courses

Structured courses on aspects of writing provide further depth to many of the topics covered in AWE. We do not set out to provide a structured course to teach you how to write formally in English; many other resources do this, such as the similarly named AWE app available (for: iPhone 3-6, iPod Touch, iPad and iPad mini, and Google Play for Android) from the Survey of English Usage at UCL, at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/english-usage/apps/awe/.

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