Online resources

Do you like to learn things on your own, on your own time? Or perhaps you want to ask for help, but no one is available?

Learn valuable strategies and information by exploring the free resources available to you. Whether you are looking to improve your skills, reach new goals, or try something different, our online resources can provide strategies and tips to help you grow.


Explore resources to build your language and writing skills.

  • Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL): The essential online resource for all questions regarding academic writing, including essay formats, academic writing style for different disciplines, grammar, and citation styles.
  • Academic Phrasebank (University of Manchester): A collection of useful academic expressions organized by function that you can use to help write research reports and essays (e.g. comparing, describing statistics, and explaining causality).
  •  Using English for Academic Purposes (UEFAP) Writing Genres: An overview of the most common elements and writing genres found in academic writing. The overviews and exercises can help you organize your essay and reports.
  • Don’t miss checking out the Academic Integrity and Referencing & Citing tabs below.




  • Mathwords: Defines, illustrates, and exemplifies terms and formulas from beginning algebra to calculus

Academic Integrity Resources

Do you have a passing grade in Academic Integrity? These resources can help improve your knowledge of all things related to being a successful and honest scholar.

Check out our Academic Integrity page for more information on academic integrity, misconduct, learning opportunities, and support available at UBCO.

UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar POLICIES

Learn all about academic integrity

Avoiding plagiarism

When you use the words or ideas of others in a paper or presentation, you must remember to reference your sources.

Learn more about citations

Get help from the library

  • General Questions: email your question to
  • Subject Librarians: Get subject specific help with citations and research
  • AskAway: Librarians provide instant responses to your citation and research questions through live text chat

Managing your sources

  • RefWorks: Citation management tool to download, store, and share references, and format bibliographies in seconds. Free to UBC students and alumni
  • Citation Management Tools: List of other tools available to manage references