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Journal Article Writing

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

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

What is a Topic Sentence?

  The body of an essay includes many paragraphs that each discuss a new topic to substantiate the essay’s thesis statement (i.e. answer the essay question). Before you start writing a paragraph, it is important to have a topic sentence to unify the paragraph’s content and to ensure the paragraph discusses the topic coherently. A topic sentence is … Read more

How to Write an Article Critique

An article critique is a genre of academic writing that provides critical evaluation through intensive analysis of an article, which involves giving a brief summary of the article. Reading an article critique helps an audience to understand the key points of the article, and the author’s ideas and intentions. It indicates the perceived success of an … Read more