Very useful site that will definitely help you the next time you are writing an academic paper in English by listing the phrases commonly used in academic writing.
For example, look at "Comparing and contrasting" for phrases used in this type of writing, such as
X is different from Y in a number of respects.
Oral societies tend to be more concerned with the present, whereas literate societies have a very definite awareness of the past.
Here are some other things you do when writing such texts:
Classifying and Listing
Explaining cause and effect
Comparing and contrasting
Writing about the past