Many students think that academic writing is more complex that other forms of writing. This is not the case. However, it does have some features and conventions that set it apart from other texts. This guide will help you navigate these.
It is split into five sections looking at style, conventions, signposting, paragraph structure and source use.
Workshops related to Academic Writing
A single page printable guide with our top 10 tips for academic writing.
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External academic writing resources
Academic phrasebankExcellent resource from the University of Manchester that says it provides you with the 'nuts and bolts' of academic phraseology.
Language and Learning Online: WritingSome great general and subject-specific advice from Monash University
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