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This guide provides information about academic writing resources

Welcome to the Academic Writing Guide

What is Academic Writing?

The main feature of academic writing which separates it from other forms of writing is that it consists of reasoned and substantiated explanation or argument, supported by evidence from the literature. e.g. books, journal articles, government reports. 

Puhl, L., & Day, B. (1992). Writing at university: A guide to writing academic essays and reports at Edith Cowan University.  Perth, Australia: ECU.

If there isn't a link for book titles, just copy and paste the title into the ECU WorldSearch box and follow the prompts to link to the eBook or check for print copies on the shelf.

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Academic Integrity/ Rules of Misconduct

Academic writing needs to show your own work and reference sources accurately. Failure to do this may result in academic misconduct.

Academic Misconduct: Any conduct by a student in relation to academic work that is dishonest or unfair and includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism
  • unauthorised collaboration
  • cheating in assessment
  • theft of another student's work
  • making a false declaration about the material submitted for assessment.

Read more here: Academic Misconduct Rules

It is important to maintain academic integrity for all your work. For more information please refer to the TEQSA Guidance Note


Acadmic tip sheets

The Learning Consultants have a range of academic tip sheets available which may help you in your academic writing.  Click on the hyperlink to view these.


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Introductory Books

Edith Cowan University acknowledges and respects the Nyoongar people, who are the traditional custodians of the land upon which its campuses stand and its programs operate.
In particular ECU pays its respects to the Elders, past and present, of the Nyoongar people, and embrace their culture, wisdom and knowledge.