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Help with Academic Writing

Academic writing is a central element of most degree programmes. It involves a wide range of skills. The resources on this page are designed to help you to explore and develop the skills necessary to succeed and improve when completing academic writing tasks. 


The Writing Centre offers one-to-one appointments that are designed to aid all students to improve and develop their academic writing. Each appointment is either a 30 minute in-depth discussion with a qualified tutor, or can be conducted via email. In both cases a sample of the student's writing is submitted in advance. This service includes specialist appointments for PhD students. When operating in-person appointments, the service is based in the Harry Fairhurst wing of the University Library. 

The links below are all to pages and resources that will help you to think about and develop your academic writing.  

Using Academic Sources

Academic writing is based on the reading of academic (and other suitable) sources. Navigating, exploring and extracting suitable information from these sources is difficult, but an essential skill in all degree programmes. The links and resources below are designed to help you as you investigate academic sources to find evidence for your academic writing. 

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.

Text processing

Text Processing (or Word Processing) is a key part of academic writing. Click on this link for support with all aspects of this essential set of skills. 

Dissertation Writing

Dissertation writing is perhaps the most demanding element of many degree programmes. It requires a huge range of skills to be used successfully in order to gain a high grade. The resources below will help you to think about dissertation writing and develop relevant skills. 

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