Academic vocabulary: further resources & references

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Other useful links and resources related to vocabulary


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Collins., (©2020). Collins Dictionary. [Viewed 15 November 2020]. Available from: 

Dahya, N. & Dryden-Peterson, S., (2017). Tracing pathways to higher education for refugees: the role of virtual support networks and mobile phones for women in refugee camps. Comparative Education [online]. 53(2), 284-301. [Viewed 28 November 2020]. Available from: 

Edmonds, P., (©2021). Just The Word.  [Viewed 15 November 2020]. Available from:

Farrell, A., Owens, C., & McDevitt, J., (2013). New laws but few cases: understanding the challenges to the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases. Crime, law, and social change [online]. 61(2), 139–168. [Viewed 9 November 2020]. Available from: 

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Nishimura, K., Kohma, M., Sato, K., and Sato, T., (2020). Spectral Observation Theory and Beam Debroadening Algorithm for Atmospheric Radar. IEEE transactions on geoscience and remote sensing [online]. 58(10), 6767–6775. [Viewed 10 November 2020]. Available from: 

Oxford University Press a., (© 2021). Oxford Text Checker [online]. Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries.  [Viewed 11 January 2021]. Available from: 

Oxford University Press b., (© 2021). OPAL (Oxford Phrasal Academic Lexicon) [online]. Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries.  [Viewed 11 January 2021]. Available from: 

Oxford University Press c., (© 2021). Oxford 3000 and 5000 [online]. Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries.  [Viewed 11 January 2021]. Available from:

Parasie, S., & Dagiral, E., (2013). Data-driven journalism and the public good: “Computer-assisted-reporters” and “programmer-journalists” in Chicago. New media & society [online]. 15(6), 853–871. [Viewed 10 December 2020]. Available from: 

Pearson Inc., (©2020). Academic Collocation List. Pearson PTE. [Viewed 22 November 2020]. Available from: