Writing style

  • 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 Learning Development Centre

Features of Academic Writing

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