Academic writing refers to the distinct forms of writing practiced at the university level: e.g. essays, critical articles, literature reviews, or reports. Common to many forms of academic writing are:

  1. the presence of a thesis statement or hypothesis
  2. a fairly formal but clear style
  3. a specific organizational structure, and
  4. sound arguments supported by credible evidence, such as data and/or references to other works.

The resources on this page help new and returning students learn more about general expectations for academic writing.

Preparing to Write