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Academic writing

Writing & Language Skills Centre

The Writing & Language Skills Centre, located in LFA/102 on the first floor of the Harry Fairhurst Building, is a free service open to all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students interested in discussing and developing their academic writing.

Read what's been written about academic writing

The Library has books on academic writing. They're generally shelved at 029.6, with more general study texts at K 8.3, or you can search the "academic writing" subject heading on YorSearch.

10 Top Tips for a Tip Top Undergraduate Dissertation

Whether you're just starting on your dissertation or in need of a nudge along the way, our 10 Top Tips will point you in the right direction.

Navigating the text

Academic writing generally follows certain structural conventions. Take a look at some of the basics in this tutorial.

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Text processors

Creating documents

Our Creating Documents site provides in-depth help and advice on creating text documents in Microsoft Word and Google Docs:

Making Word Work

When producing academic writing such as a dissertation, you need to be able to take advantage of the most appropriate features in your text processing application. In this session we explore approaches to using Microsoft Word that are particularly important when you need to produce material to a professional standard as efficiently as possible, and need to include items such as outline headings, tables of contents and page numbers.