Whether you're writing at an undergraduate or graduate level, academic writing is different than writing for a professional or personal audience. Please see the resources below for information regarding the characteristics of academic writing.
Introduction to Academic Writing (37:11 video)
This video will provide you with an introduction to academic writing. While the video is playing, click "Menu" to navigate through the presentation or see the transcript. If you would like to return to specific sections of the video, please see below:
- Introduction (0:48)
- Qualities of academic writing (8:02)
- Four types of academic writing (4:31)
- What is critical thinking and how can it be demonstrated? (7:18)
- Creating a document plan (14:34)
- Conclusion (Review, provide feedback on the presentation, and contact the Writing Centre 1:59)
To see the links provided within the video, please visit Introduction to Academic Writing: Links to other resources. Click on Introduction to Academic Writing (PowerPoint) if you would like the slides from the video; the transcript is available via the slide notes.
- How to write an undergraduate-level essay
- How to write a graduate-level essay
- Types of essays
- See this section of the Writing Centre website for information and resources on writing reflective, expository, argumentative/persuasive, and analytical/compare and contrast essays
- How to write a good argumentative essay: Logical structure (YouTube video - Kevin DePlante)
- Writing an argumentative essay (Daniel Kies, College of Dupage)
- Writing an analytical essay (Daniel Kies, College of Dupage)
- Two approaches to writing a compare/contrast essay
Other types of academic writing:
- Case studies (Cengage Learning)
- Please keep in mind that your instructor may have different expectations than those expressed in this resource. If you have any uncertainties regarding what's expected of you when you're working with case studies, please speak with your instructor.
- Writing an annotated bibliography (Deborah Knott, New College Writing Centre)
- Writing book reviews (The Writing Center, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
- Tips for creating impactful posters (YouTube video - American Chemical Society)
- Has a science focus but the advice could be extended to any poster
- The no-fail secret to writing a dissertation (Dr. Theresa MacPhail via Vitae)
- Fussy Professor Starbuck's cookbook of handy-dandy prescriptions for ambitious academic authors (Bill Starbuck)
- Writing and thinking checklist (doc)
- Evaluating Internet sources (UBC Library)
- Inexperienced versus experienced writers (Emmy Misser, Wilfrid Laurier University)
- Rhetoric and composition (Wikibook)
- Assignment calculator
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