APPENDICES: Academic Writing Basics

Technical Writing Essentials is designed to follow up on the skills learned in a first year Academic Writing course. If you’d like a refresher on some of the skills and ideas you learned in first year, an excellent open textbook used in some first year writing courses is Why Write? A Guide for Students in Canada. In particular, Chapter 5 of this textbook discusses grammar as a situated practice, offers an excellent overview of “What is grammar?” and provides some very helpful information on “Rules for Academic Writing in English.

The following sections provide a review of some of the basic conventions and expectations of academic writing that students should be familiar with and that are relevant to technical writing:

Appendix A:  Referring to Authors and Titles

Appendix B:  Writing Summaries

Appendix C:  Integrating Quotations, Paraphrases and Summaries into your Writing

Appendix D:  Transitional Words and Phrases for University Writing

Appendix E:  Sentence Structure

Appendix F:  Punctuation Matters

Appendix G:  Writing Comparisons

Appendix H:  Peer Review Essentials



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