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ACM Digital Library (Computing & IT)

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Use the Ask a Librarian webform or Help Online if your reference question is brief. If you have in-depth questions, contact Puan Norhasni Abdul Aziz, our Reference Librarian by e-mail at or call at 604-2180 169.
1Find an article
Read journal articles to get up-to-date information on your area of research. Click on the sources below to search for the e-journal titles/articles :
SourceDatabase nameTitle
Online databaseDirectory of Open Access Journal (DOAJ)(i) Fair open evaluation may need some temporarily hidden authorship, caution about counting the votes, and transparency of the full pre-publication paperwork / Talis Bachmann
(ii) Hybrid identity in academic writing: "are there two of me?" / Troy Crawford, Martha Lengeling, Irasema Mora Pablo, RocĂ­o Heredia Ocampo
(iii) On the importance of the phoneme theory / Demirci Kerim
(iv) Students' writing in university: an analysis of the dimensions of individuals / Elizabeth Maria da Silva
Online databaseJSTOR(i) Collaboration v. imitation: authorship and the law / Anne Jamison
(ii) Current issues in English language teacher-based assessment / Chris Davison and Constant Leung
(iii) Everyday ethics in research: translating authorship guidelines into practice in the bench sciences / Karen Seashore Louis, Janet M. Holdsworth, Melissa S. Anderson, Eric G. Campbell
2Find a book (subject classification)
The library catalogue (MyCatalogue) tells you what the library owns. Use the following Library of Congress Subject Headings or appropriate keywords.
Academic writingAuthorship -- Style manualsDissertations, AcademicEnglish Language
Language and education
3Find print sources
A selected list of books on Academic Writing to help you get started on your research :
Call NumberTitleCall NumberTitle
General Collections
LB2369 D897 2003Authoring a PhD: how to plan, draft, write and finish a Doctoral thesis or dissertation / Patrick DunleavyPE1112 K12 1993Reader's Digest: how to write and speak better / Reader's Digest Association Limited
PE1121 K29 2001Writing from within / Curtis Kelly and Arlen GargaglianoPE1128 A2 H996 2006English for academic purposes: an advanced resource book / Ken Hyland
PE1128 L576 2002Discoveries in academic writing / Barbara Harris LeonhardPE1128 M113 2007improve IELTS writing: study skills / Sam McMarter
PE1128 S912 2005Writers at work: the short composition / Ann O StrauchPE1408 H714 2006Writing academic English / Alice Oshima and Ann Hogue
PE1408 P364 2005The student's guide to writing: grammar, punctuation and spelling / John PeckPE1408 P962Process writing: a practical guide for ESL/EFL students and teachers / Puvanesvary Muthiah et. al.
PE1439 B794 2006A writer's workshop: creating paragraphs, building essays / Bob BrannanPE1471 B166 2007 Writing better essay / Chris Baker and Ross Vermeer
PE1471 S263 2006Effective academic writing 2: the short essay / Alice Savage and Patricia MayerPE1478 H57 1996First steps in academic writing / Ann Hogue
PE1478 L536 1998Academic writing: exploring processes and strategies / Ilona LekiPN146 H254 2008 Academic writing and publishing: a practical handbook / James Hartley
Reference Collections
REF PE1628 O98 2005Oxford dictionary of English (revised edition) / Catherine Soanes and Angus Stevenson (eds.)REF PL5125 K15 1991Kamus Inggeris Melayu Dewan: an English-Malay dictionary
REF PL5125 K15 2001Kamus dwibahasa: bahasa Inggeris - bahasa Melayu / Dewan Bahasa dan PustakaREF PL5125 H769Oxford Fajar advanced learner's English-Malay dictionary / Albert Sydney Hornby
REF PE1628 H811 2005Oxford advanced learner's dictionary of current English / Albert Sydney HornbyREF PL5087.2 D124 1992Daftar istilah MABBIM (1985-1992)
REF PL1429 H393 2005Kamus dwibahasa Oxford Fajar: Inggeris-Melayu, Melayu-Inggeris / Joyce M HawkinsREF PE1628 O98 2005Oxford dictionary of English / Catherine Soanes and Angus Stevenson (eds.)
REF PE1591 D545 1993Dictionary of synonyms and antonymsREF PE1460 C683 2002Collins COBUILD idioms dictionary
REF PE1628 F784 2009A dictionary of modern English usage / H W Fowler
Style Guides
BF76.7 H835 2005APA: the easy way! a quick and simplified guide to the APA writing style / Houghton P M et alREF BF76.7 P976 2001Publication manual of the American Psychological Association
LB2369 F528 2004Researching and writing a dissertation for business students / Fisher CLB2369 G437 2003MLA handbook for writers of research papers / Gibaldi J
LB2369 T929 1996A manual for writers of term papers, theses and dissertations / Turabian K LZ253 U58 2003 A manual of style / University of Chicago Press.
WOU Course Materials
REF LB1028 WUC101 W356 2007WUC 101 Foundation English REF LB1028 WUC102 W356 2007WUC 102 Writing Skills for University Studies
REF LB1028 WUC103 W356 2007WUC 103 English for the WorkplaceREF LB1028 WUC101/03 W356 2008WUC 101/03 Foundation English
REF LB1028 WUC106/05 W356 2008WUC 106/05 Communication Skills for the WorkplaceREF LB1028 WUC201 W356 2008WUC 201 Communication for the Workplace
REF LB1028 WUC202/05 W356 2009WUC 202/05 Advanced Writing Skills for University Studies
4Find online databases
NoDatabase name
iiiEBSCO e-books Business with Academic Collection
ivDirectory of Open Access Books
vDirectory of Open Access Journal
5Find e-book sources
Database nameE-book Title
E-books CentreEducation
6Internet sources
Below is a selective list of Internet sources related to Academic Writing. The list is incomplete. We welcome suggestions to expand it.
OWL at PurdueThe Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University provides writing resources and instructional material, and information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.

The writing process includes general academic writing, professional, technical and job search writing. Other related resources are research and citation, grammar and mechanics, ESL, Internet literacy, writing in social science and writing in engineering. The instructional materials include creative writing, teaching writing and tutoring writing.

n addition, users can submit brief, writing-related questions to OWL Mail Tutors, access useful grammar blogs and try the Grammar Mechanics Exercises.'s purpose is to help students with all manner of writing problems. The website's contents may relate to a research paper, term paper, dissertations, argumentative essay or exploratory essay to write a top quality research paper.

This website also includes sections on how to guard against plagiarism, citation format, tips and sample essays to create academic paper. The tips include creating an educated argument, how to develop a thesis statement and getting readers to take notice of written dissertations.

In addition to this, website delivers tips on how to draft and redraft paper, structure term paper with sample essay, how to construct each paragraph and research and presenting data.
Guide to grammar and writingGuide to Grammar and Writing provides a breakdown of what students will be able to search in order to write academic papers.

This website contains specific categories such as words and sentence level, paragraph, essay and research paper level, grammar, quizzes, search devices, peripherals and powerpoints.

In addition students are also able to find tips on writing an academic paper and an FAQ which relates to writing essays and papers.
The Writing CenterThe Writing Center provides instructional materials for instructors and students. There are resources of writing skills, writing processes required for different varieties of assignments. The center also provides advice which may apply to the writing assignments. In addition, the center also provides handouts to individual students.
Advice on Academic Writing, University of TorontoThis website lists advice columns by category and answers the questions that students often ask about their written assignments. Most were created by writing instructors from the University of Toronto - people who are familiar with the expectations of students from academicians. But there are also links to good advice from other institutions under Further Resources.
Dartmouth Writing Program, Dartmouth CollegeDartmouth Writing Program provides step by step material in writing academic paper. It contains an introduction to academic writing, creating topics, research, and development of thesis. In the instructional sections there are organization and structure of writing, revision, logic and argument and grammar and styles. The program also provides advice, search tools and link and writing for art history and English paper, writing about film, music, religious and philosophy in the humanities categories. The social science categories cover writing for sociology and history paper while in science categories it covers on writing biology paper and chemistry paper.

In addition there is a special section for ESL, disabilities and writing for a job and graduate school application.
Paradigm Online Writing AssistantParadigm Online Writing Assistant provides guided planning for writing and drafting writing project. There is a search engine to locate subjects and generate ideas through brainstorming, using The Journalists' Questions tool. The webpage helps with writing design and structure through list of links provided.

It divides the categories of writing skills through a number of Paradigm sections: Basic Sentence Concepts, Expanding the Basic Pattern, Six Problem Areas, Designing Effective Sentences.
The Writing LifeExplore leadership mainly through student research and writing, both individual and collaborative.
Free essay writing tipsFree essay writing targets college students and anyone seeking advice on writing. There are useful tips on strategies and the process of writing styles. The webpage guides readers on writing different types of essays, the writing process and editing drafts.

It also contains advice on the stages of the writing process, starting from thoughts and ideas, as well as a brief on becoming a good writer. All of the steps and processes in essay writing is described and defined clearly to help the writer.
Ultimate Guide to Academic Writing: 100+ Useful ResourcesThis guide to academic English writing will help you find many valuable resources.
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Newspapers provide current news on matters of general interest. You may need to do further searching on your topic using detailed sources.
NoFree e-Newspaper
iAgenda Daily
iiBerita Harian Online
iiiHarian Metro
ivMalay Mail Online
vNew Straits Times Online
viThe Star Online
viiThe Sun Daily
viiUtusan Online
8User Workstation
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