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Academic Writing: Writing Resources

This guide provides information about academic writing resources

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ECU Academic Tip Sheets

Academic Tip Sheets : These are short "fact sheets" providing useful tips on a range of topics relating to academic/study skills. For example:

Academic essay

  • Explains the academic essay as an academic style of writing;
  • describes the structure of an academic essay;
  • considers the main types of academic essays;
  • explains how to write an academic essay; and
  • provides you with a quick checklist that covers most aspects of writing an academic essay


  • Provides a few hints to help you grasp what’s expected;
  • explains the key components of an assignment task; and
  • outlines some techniques and strategies for doing assignments

Effective writing

  • Examines the factors that affect the style you use;
  • discusses paragraphs and their role in effective writing; and
  • explains how to improve your paragraphs

Literature review

  • Explains what is meant by a literature review;
  • identifies ‘the literature’;
  • describes some of the conventions to follow when doing a literature review; and
  • describes the process of developing a literature review.

Report writing

  • Explains what a report is;
  • describes the features of the most common types of reports;
  • provides some guidelines for the structure and organisation of reports; and
  • reviews some of the common problems associated with report writing.

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