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How to Write an Introduction

Certainly, every essay must include an opening paragraph, and this is your introduction. It plays an important role in drawing the reader’s attention to what your essay will discuss. Writing the introduction can seem difficult because you might feel that you need to take a long time to sit and think about what initial word or sentence … Read more

Keeping your writing focused

It’s well known that academic writing must stay focused and that all information included in an essay/thesis should be relevant to the question/topic, but sometimes, that’s easier said than done! So, let’s discuss some strategies that you can use to keep your writing focused and avoid irrelevancies, both when researching and when writing. Analysing the task The first step … Read more

The Semicolon and Its Usage

The semicolon is a commonly misunderstood punctuation mark. It may be useful to think of it as something between a comma and a full stop; it both separates and links the clauses that it appears between. Although opinions vary about the instances in which a semicolon is required, the three usages that follow are widely … 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 … Read more

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