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Over 5000 Words and Phrases to Help You Write, Present and Publish in English

Used in 30 Countries

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The PhraseBook for Writing Papers and Research gives you a bank of over 5000 words and phrases to help you write, present and publish in English.

Written by PhD authors, phrases are divided into around 30 main sections that follow the structure of university and research writing, such as Introducing a Study, Defining the Scope of a Study, Arguing For and Against, Reviewing Other Work, Summarizing and Conclusions. Many sections are further divided, for example the Relationship to previous work, Contrasting work and the Limitations of current knowledge.

In addition, Writing Help sections give advice on university and research writing in English. Main chapters include Style, Spelling, Punctuation, Grammar, Vocabulary, Numbers and Time. These include subsections on for example Referring to yourself, British and US spellings, Punctuating quotations, and References. The Writing Help sections help you avoid many common errors in English.

The PhraseBook also has a University and Research Thesaurus to help you improve your academic vocabulary, as well as a Glossary of University and Research Terminology. The 4th edition further includes exercises for self-study and guides for using the PhraseBook in the classroom.

The PhraseBook helps you produce English of a very high standard for:

  • Research papers
  • Presentations
  • PhD dissertations
  • Master's theses
  • Reports
  • Reviews
  • Books and book chapters
  • Teaching materials
  • University, department and organization websites


A tool for building advanced language competence and writing ability

The PhraseBook helps you build advanced language competence and writing ability in English. Rather than concentrating on rules and exceptions as many books, the PhraseBook focuses on writing, providing the tools for you to write in your subject.
  • Rather than working on texts that are irrelevant or uninteresting, you work on your own writing, helping you improve your actual manuscript before publication
  • The PhraseBook helps you build vocabulary and a bank of phrases for academic writing
  • Each section of the PhraseBook encourages you to think about different aspects of your writing, for example in Writing Help style, spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • Each section is followed by practice exercises
  • The main part of the book provides a corpus of phrases, thematically grouped for use. You work through the PhraseBook, expanding your text with phrases from each section. This helps you to think about the different parts of a text and how to structure your argument in English
  • The PhraseBook includes examples of many of the most frequent words in academic English. These are marked in italics: you should take special care to understand and use these in your writing. Writing exercises at the end of each section suggest practising these most frequent forms by composing new phrases for your text
  • Next, the PhraseBook thesaurus encourages you to improve your vocabulary, by suggesting alternative expressions, helping you to give your writing greater richness and variety
  • The final glossary and reference sections list common terms in university and research writing, helping you to decipher academic vocabulary and familiarize yourself with university and research terminology

Using the PhraseBook, will help you produce a better written, more polished text.


Used in all major fields worldwide

The PhraseBook is suitable for university and research writing from student to researcher and faculty level. It is used in subjects ranging from Medicine, Science, Engineering and Technology to Law, Business and Economics, Political Science, Geography, History, Sociology, Psychology, Language and Education.

The PhraseBook gives you:

  • Over 5000 words and phrases
  • Writing help on style, spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • University and research thesaurus to improve vocabulary
  • Glossary of university and research terms
  • Exercises for individual and classroom use


  • Includes most frequent words in academic English
  • Helps you structure your work with a framework of phrases
  • Helps improve your text before submission
  • Includes both British and American English
  • Approximately 304 pages

The PhraseBook and our English Language Services are used in 61 countries worldwide. Customers include academic staff, students and researchers at universities such as Oxford University, the University of Geneva, the University of Tokyo, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley, as well as at organizations such as the Medical Nobel Institute and companies from pharmaceuticals to space technology.

The PhraseBook is available in both paperback and digital versions (PDF, Kindle, iBooks and Google Play). All versions are identical in content. We also have a Multi-User PDF PhraseBook for research groups, departments and organizations and a Class Multi-User Licence for English Academic Writing classes.

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PhraseBook for Writing Papers and Research in English
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The paperback PhraseBook is available on Amazon.com and other Amazon international sites. To buy, click on the links below or your preferred online bookstore:

  • ISBN: 9781492959793
  • Size: 246 x 189 mm
  • Price: approximately GBP 19.99 or equivalent in your currency

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Digital PhraseBook

The digital PhraseBook has the same content as the paperback version but offers a number of extra features. In particular, it allows you to search the PhraseBook for any word or phrase.

  • Digital table of contents
  • Search for any word or phrase
  • Use on your computer or tablet


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