- Be clear and concise.
- Avoid long sentences.
- Use short simple words in preference to long obscure ones.
- Eliminate unnecessary jargon.
- Where you use abbreviations, explain them the first time you use them.
- Consider choice of words, for example, use 'received' or 'acquired' rather than 'got'.
- Do not constantly use the same words.
- It is important to acknowledge the ideas and actual words you have taken from the sources you have used. This is known as citation.
- Where you do use the words of others, ensure you place them in “quotations”.
- Check the grammar - here are some tips
- Here is some advice on impersonal writing from Dr Jane McKay of the School of Health and Life Sciences
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