Academic writing

Introduction to academic writing

Introduction to academic writing

In this section, we take you through some of the ways in which you can write using an academic style which is appropriate and grammatically correct. We provide you with information on what to expect and how to go about achieving a satisfactory academic style, including the use of inclusive language.

If you come from a background where English is not your first language, it will be helpful to you to look at the section on common problems in language construction. If you feel your style is too informal or colloquial, read the section on making your language sound formal and what to avoid. There is also a useful guide to using punctuation and for including the ideas from research literature in your writing.

If you would like further information, please contact staff from the Academic Language and Learning Success Program (ALLSP), who run free workshops for internal and external students on English language usage as well as developing your skills to edit and proofread your assignments.

Phone: 08 8946 7459

In this section you will find information about:

Inclusive language

Learn about the importance of how to use inclusive language while at university.

Common problems in language construction

Learn how to identify and avoid common problems in language construction in your writing.

Making your writing sound formal

Learn how to avoid the use of personal pronouns in formal writing.

What to avoid in formal writing

Learn how to use precise and uncluttered language.

Interactive Sample Essay: introduction, body, conclusion

These activities will help you become familiar with the structure, body and conclusion of a persuasive essay.


Learn how to use punctuation marks to organise your words into clauses and sentences.

Quoting, paraphrasing and summarising

Learn how to include the ideas of an expert in your text.

Reference list

Learn how to include a list of all publications referred to in your assignment.


For further information contact ALLSP on (08) 89467459
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