Academic writing

Essays are not just exercises in research; they are also exercises in communication. Essays give you a chance to show what you can do: that you understand the question asked; that you understand the issues involved; and that you have done the appropriate amount of reading. Essays also allow you to demonstrate your analytical thinking and force a deep and powerful type of learning to take place.

Writing academic essays and assignments requires you to follow a number of conventions and structures. It is strongly recommended that you use the resources available on the Study Guides and Tips website.

This site includes resources that explain how to:

  • Get started
  • Synthesis information
  • Structure your essay with an introduction, body and conclusion
  • Edit and revise your work
  • Use correct grammar and punctuation

Click here to go to the Study Guides and Tips website.

Avoiding Plagiarism

It is critical that you understand and avoid plagiarism in your assignments.

Plagiarism is the unethical use of other people’s work, such as using their words and ideas without attribution. You can avoid accidental plagiarism by learning to reference your sources, and learning how to use in-text citations correctly.

Some key resources available for you include:


Many students do struggle to understand what is and isn't plagiarism; you might find this video useful in explaining what plagiarism is, and why it is not acceptable.

View the video Plagiarism: Stopping Word Theives


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