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Academic writing: a practical guide

Academic writing

Academic writing: a Practical Guide

Resources to support understanding and production of academic writing. For all students, in all degree programmes.

Academic writing

Academic writing is central to almost all degree programmes. However, it's very different from other types of writing, so it's a skill that has to be learnt. Becoming good at academic writing can be a challenge for all!

This guide contains resources to help you become a confident and successful academic writer.

Writing Centre

The Writing Centre offers 1:1 advice and guidance to all students to develop your academic writing and critical analysis skills.

Introducing the Writing Centre [YouTube]

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Books to help with academic writing

The Library has books about academic writing. Most are shelved at 029.6, with more general study texts at K 8.3, and some subject-specific books in the respective subject sections, or you can search for "academic writing" in YorSearch.

How to use this guide

Work through page-by-page for a structured course in academic writing, or dip in and out of resources as you need them. Use the links below or the navigation at the top of each page to access guides.

Create & communicate

General writing skills

Create & communicate

Types of academic writing

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