What makes a text academic?
Here at the Tools page, you can look through our collection of Help Texts by using the Browse tools menu. On mobile devices, reveal the menu by using the icon (•••) in the upper left. You can read any particular Help Text on its own, and you can also find any Student Texts that are linked to that particular Help Text.
The Browse tools menu is a list of the Help Texts organized into categories. Clicking on the sign by a category name in the menu will let you see the organization, by causing a list of subcategories to drop down within the menu. Clicking on the name of any category will open all Help Texts associated with that category.
There are three buttons are at the top of each Help Text: a plus sign (), a pair of brackets (), and a triangle (). The button saves the Help Text as a sticky note on the right margin. The button will cause a list to drop down of all Student Texts that use that Help Text. You can directly open any Student Text from this list. Finally, the button can be used to conceal (or, by clicking on it again, to reveal) any Help Text.
Help Texts under Language demonstrate aspects of proper language use, by addressing grammar issues (making sure that subject and verb agree in number, the difference between the words “that” and “which”, etc.) and making simple style suggestions (how to use parallel structure in sentences, how to refer to yourself without using the word “I”, etc.). Structure Help Texts describe the different parts of a text (like the Abstract, Introduction, Discussion, etc.). Help Texts in the Writing conventions category address formal issues associated with text writing (how to abbreviate words, basic information on different citation styles, etc.).