Academic Writing: Some General Guidelines

Have you ever been told that your writing style is not academic or that it is too informal?   Are you unsure what rules to follow, what you can do and what you should not do?   Formality   Academic writing needs to be formal and impersonal. This means that your writing should be clear, concise and professional. It needs to follow certain rules (such as those outlined below) in order to ensure that it meets academic standards. Supported by evidence The most significant difference between academic and non-academic writing is that academic writing puts forward arguments and ideas that are supported by evidence, most often in the form of citing other research or studies. Learning how to reference correctly …

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