The international standards of academic writing introduced into English language teaching present both cognitive and linguistic challenges for Russian undergraduate students. The article aims to investigate how Internet resources can contribute to the second language students’ academic writing. We explore the functions of Corpora and other web resources as important tools in the process of writing a research paper in English. The articles explores the potential of the Internet resources for brainstorming, developing the strategy of research, searching and selecting literature sources, providing language data, creating a learner’s own corpus, bringing evidence of typical patterns in academic contexts, proofreading. The conclusion is made about the important role of the Internet for self-study and independent language skills development.