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Academic Writing

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 mins )

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  1. Introduction (0:48 min )
  2. Qualities of Academic Writing (8:02 mins )
  3. Four Types of Academic Writing (4:31 mins )
  4. What is Critical Thinking and How Can It Be Demonstrated? (7:18 mins )
  5. Creating a Document Plan (14:34 mins )
  6. Conclusion (Review, provide feedback on the presentation, and contact the Writing Centre 1:59 mins )

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Other types of academic writing:

Please see the sections of Academic Writing (scroll further down on this page) and the links below for more information about different types of academic writing. Please keep in mind that your instructor may have different expectations than those expressed in these resources. If you have any uncertainties regarding what's expected of your work, please speak with your instructor.

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An abstract serves as a brief overview of the discussion in a text; it also "enables persons interested in the document to retrieve it from abstracting and indexing databases" (American Psychological Association [APA], 2010, p. 25; see also APA, 2020, p. 73). Depending on the expectations of the...

If you are unfamiliar with the elements of academic style or need a refresher, we suggest viewing Qualities of Academic Writing (8:02 mins...

You may be asked to write various business-style documents, including letters and reports. Writing for a business audience has a particular tone, and for more information regarding this type of persuasive writing, please access the links below:

Business writing

Are you working toward publishing an article in a scholarly journal? Check out RRU's Academic Publishing guide for information, resources, and tips on the following topics:

  • Choosing your document
  • ...

A standard section of a thesis or major project is the literature review. As the name suggests, if you're completing a literature review, you will be examining the existing literature on a chosen topic, which will allow you:

When you're using a PowerPoint presentation, you want your message to be the star of the show, not the PowerPoint slides. Avoid cluttering your slides with too much text or too many images because your viewer can't focus on both the slide and you at the same time. Keep your text short, to the...

Reflective writing is a useful tool to help you think about your learning, the process by which the learning occurs, or any other activity about which your instructor wants you to be aware of not only the end result of the learning, but how you get to that place of accomplishment. Reflective...