Writing in an academic context is different from writing in other situations. Academic writing follows specific conventions of structure, style, and content, and your marker will expect to see these conventions in your assignments. This section describes academic writing, and suggests ways to plan and proofread your assignment so that it meets the expectations of tertiary study.
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Specific types of assignment (for example, essays, reports, and literature reviews) have their own expectations, and these are described in the section on assignment types.
Most assignments require you to properly credit any external sources (like books, articles, and websites) that you have used. This is described in the section on referencing.
For a broader understanding of honesty in assignment writing, see Academic Integrity.
For information on academic writing at postgraduate level, see the introduction to postgraduate study.