Improving academic writing
- Differentiating what is in need of attribution, and what does not;
- How to use in-text citation conventions;
- Creating appropriate lists of references and bibliographies (and how these differ);
- Attributing direct quotes using an acceptable convention such as quotation marks, indented paragraphs, a different front for italics;
- Paraphrasing and attributing others' words and ideas; and
- Using foot notes.
One of the most helpful things a student can learn is the difference between acceptable and unacceptable paraphrasing such as the examples provided by the University of Alberta.
Here is some basic advice about doing research for assignments or other research submissions, provided by the University of Alberta. Another useful source is The Writing Centre at the University of Richmond. Within the UK, some excellent advice is offered by the UK student portal. Further useful resources can be found at 'The Owl' Perdue University, or the University of Western England's Essay Writing from the Faculty of Health and Social care.