WRITING ACADEMIC TEXTS: A quick revision

Let’s see if you remember important information covered in Week 4!

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Referencing style & tools

Referencing is an important part of writing a good essay. Editorial, citations and referencing styles change according to discipline, journal, college and so on.

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Quiz: This is not plagiarism, is it?

Indicate which of the following situations correpond to plagiarim.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and you should familiarise yourself with your institution’s policy and guidelines.

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Academic integrity and plagiarism

Good academic practice is about making sure that anyone who reads your work can easily identify your thoughts and ideas on a subject, and can distinguish these from the thoughts and ideas of others.

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Your turn: writing an abstract

Write the abstract of an imaginary article

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Re-read, Revise, Proofread

You have done your research, you have structured your essay, written it and referenced it.* You are ready to submit, right?

Wrong! Don’t submit before you have had a chance to re-read, revise and proofread your essay.

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Examples of written academic texts

Modal verbs and expressions are particularly useful for expressing judgements in your essay.

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Expressing judgement

Modal verbs and expressions are particularly useful for expressing judgements in your essay.

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Quiz: The language of essays

Expository texts can satisfy different aims.

In this quiz we list a number of expressions that are likely to occur in expository texts that Describe, Sequence, Compare, Show Cause & Effect, Present Problems & Solutions.

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The language of essays (1)

An essay for a university assignment requires a peculiar type of writing, quite different from blogging, emailing or other types of writing you may be familiar with.

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Create your text outline

A good Table of Contents (TOC) is a way of giving your ideas a logical and sequential shape. Whilst they would normally be found in books and theses, it is a good idea to add one to your essay too.

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Giving your text a structure: table of contents

A good Table of Contents (TOC) is a way of giving your ideas a logical and sequential shape.

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