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Academic writing is one of the most important skills to master for success in higher education. Good academic writing refines and focuses the writer's ideas through research and interrogation, then clearly states and properly supports those ideas with effective argumentation and adequate evidence. Achieving a clear, well-argued text requires the development of numerous sub-skills. Have a look at the factsheets in the "related resources" box on this page.

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Related resources:

Introduction to academic writing (PDF) : In this guide we give the 6Cs of good writing.

Writing process (PDF) : Writing a better text often requires a better writing process.

Writing levels (PDF) : Use this guide to see a clear path to improving your writing.

Writing critically (PDF) : Become a master of analysis.

Academic Phrasebank by University of Manchester.  

English for Uni by The University of Adelaide. 

Writing Handouts by Queen's University. 

Writing Handouts by University of North Carolina. 

General Writing Resources by Purdue University Online Writing Lab.

Log in to Skills4Study Campus and download the following titles:

Academic Keywords in Titles

Academic Writing FAQs

Critical and Analytical Thinking
Framework for an Argumentative Essay
Guidelines for Using Harvard Referencing System

Personalise Your Learning

Plagiarism FAQs


Planning and Structuring FAQs


Priority Organizer


Reading Effectively FAQs


Referencing FAQs


Selecting Your Reading


Working Backwards from Deadlines



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