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Research Guide: English for Academic Purposes

The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is a preparatory program designed to develop core English Language skills in a post-secondary setting, enabling students to engage in College / University studies with the required foundation in English language competencies.

The Web: As you know, you can find information about anything on the Internet, but not all of it is correct or trustworthy. Review how to evaluate websites on the Library page on Evaluating Online Resources.

 


 

Books

The textbooks that follow represent the most current physical holdings available in the library for your particular course. This list, however, should not be considered exhaustive, so make sure to visit the library catalogue to explore the many other valuable resources that the library has to offer.

 

EAP Reference Books Library Call Number
Dictionary: Lists and explains the meanings of words. AC Library has copies that you can borrow for 1 day.
  • Adelson-Goldstein, Jayme. Oxford Picture Dictionary.
PL 1455 A332 2009
  • Collins COBUILD advanced learner’s English dictionary.
PE 1625 .C64 2006
  • Longman active study dictionary.
PE 1628 L575 2010
  • Oxford University Press. The Oxford ESL Dictionary.
PE 1628 O8685 2004
Thesaurus: Lists words in groups of synonyms (alternate words that have the same meaning) and antonyms (words that have opposite meaning to each other). AC Library has copies that you can borrow for 1 day.
  • Oxford University Press. Paperback Oxford Canadian Thesaurus.
PE 3233 C35 2004
  • Penguin. The Penguin Thesaurus.
PE 1591 P454 2004
  • Webster’s Basic Thesaurus
PE 1591 W43 2010
***Did you know that Instructors often allow you to bring a dictionary into an exam? First double check with your instructor then make sure to ask and then come to the Library early to borrow one!

Grammar and Punctuation Books Library Call Number
  • Azar, Betty Schrampfer. Basic English Grammar.
PE 1128 A96 2005
  • Brians, Paul. Common Errors in English Usage, 2nd Ed.
PE 1464 B75 2009
  • Straus, Jane. The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation: An Easy-to-Use Guide with Clear Rules, Real-World Examples, and Reproducible Quizzes.  

 *** This book is recommended by our WLC Writing Specialists.

PE 1112 S773 2014

Writing and Essay Skills Library Call Number
  • Faigley, Lester, and Melanie Rubens. Writing: A Journey, Canadian Edition.

*** Learn step-by-step the process of going from idea to draft to finished essay. Lots of tips and examples to follow along.

PE 1408 F35 2011
  • Gardner, Janet E. Writing About Literature: A Portable Guide.
PE 1479 C7 G36 2004
  • Kalaidjian, Walter B. Understanding Poetry.
PN 1031 K252 2005
  • Oshima, Alice, and Ann Hogue. Writing Academic English.

 *** This is a good book for students in ENGL 098, 099

PE 1408 H6644 2006
  • Swick, Edward. Writing Better English for ESL Learners.
PE 1128 S978 2009
  • Williams, Julia. Learning English for Academic Purposes.

*** This book is a helpful reference for all EAP students.

PE 1129 F7 W52 2005

Conversation and Speech Library Call Number
  • Engelhardt, Diane. Perfect Phrases for ESL: Conversation Skills.
PE 1128 E57 2013
  • Gast, Natalie. Perfect Phrases for ESL: Everyday Situations.
PE 1131 G27 2013
  • Geffner, Andrea B. Business English.
PE 1479 B87 G44 2004
  • John Keith Communications. The author of Vancouver Handbook for ESL Students, his website has pages on pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and more. A great resource for building confidence in English.
PE 1128 K44 2010

Databases

We recommend the following AC databases:

Gale Databases
BusinessInsights_Global_lg Business Insights: Global is a source for international business intelligence offering case studies, in-depth statistical data coupled with deep research, and the ability to compare global economies, countries and industries.
canada_in_context Canada in Context has a broad range of Canadian topics, people, places, and events. Written from a Canadian perspective, with full-text magazines, academic journals, news, primary source documents, images, videos, audio and links to vetted websites.
opposingViewpoints_in_context Opposing Viewpoints has contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today’s hottest social issues. Features continuously updated viewpoints, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio and links to vetted websites.
science_in_context Science in Context has contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. Authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.
history_us_in_context U.S. History in Context has contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History. Authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.
whic-web World History in Context has contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History. Authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.
gic-web Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Featured are hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals that bring together a variety of specially selected, highly relevant sources for analysis of these issues. Rich multimedia – including podcasts, video, and interactive graphs.
grnr-web The Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources focuses on the physical, social, and economic aspects of environmental issues. Topic, organization, and country portals form research centers around issues covering energy systems, health care, agriculture, climate change, population, and economic development. Portals include authoritative analysis, academic journals, news, case studies, legislation, conference proceedings, primary source documents, statistics, and rich multimedia.
 hwrc-web Find alternative medicine-focused magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, videos, & reference information on: Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Pregnancy, Herbal remedies, etc. Included are links to diet, cancer, health assessment sites & government databases. Easily access 700+ videos from Healthology, Inc.’s consumer health video library. The material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.
 litrc-web Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on nearly 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.
 gvrl-web Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.


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