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Writing Essays Well: Introductions, Thesis Statements and Topic Sentences

Introductions For the first paragraph of an essay to actually be a proper introduction (in other words, for it to fulfil the requirements of an effective introduction), it must have two elements: 1) a thesis statement 2) a preview or essay plan for the essay. So, what are these two elements? 1) A thesis statement tells the … Read more

When to Reference

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Referencing is a very important part of academic writing. Perfect referencing is required for a piece of writing to be considered at a professional level. When writing an essay, a thesis, a journal article or any academic manuscript, it is common practice to use other writer’s works as your source material or readings. Usually, you … Read more

Inclusive Language

Inclusive language has a simple purpose: to ensure that a piece of communication–it may be written or spoken–does not discriminate against groups of people in the community. Discrimination can range from exclusion to derogatory comments and can be based on gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation or other perceived differences. Often disparaged as ‘political … Read more

Why Consider Academic Publication?

Two aims of academic publication are to exchange ideas and to disseminate research findings. So, as a researcher, do you feel that you have a contribution to make to the literature? Something original or novel to reveal to the world? Or perhaps you have solved a current problem in your field or want to discuss a new … Read more

Shortened Words and Symbols

The correct usage of shortened words and symbols can be confusing for some writers. This does not need to be the case: there are a few basic rules to understand that can ensure these are used correctly and consistently. Shortened words are comprised of two types: abbreviations and contractions. Not understanding the difference between these … Read more