During your studies, you will be expected to write a variety of academic texts, ranging from a literature review to your thesis. To succeed in your studies and effectively communicate your research to others, your texts need to adhere to academic conventions regarding structure, style and the correct use of sources.
The Structure of Academic Texts
Of the stylistic features that help you achieve clarity in your text, structure is perhaps the most important. The structure of your text should make it easy for the reader to find the content they are looking for and understand it. To achieve this, you have to work on several levels, from how the text works as a whole to how sentences are constructed and connected.
Language in an academic text should be objective, concise and precise. Objective language allows readers to assess information for themselves, while concise paragraphs and sentences allow readers to focus on content rather than be distracted by form. Precision, meanwhile, entails using scientific terms correctly as well as consistently. Achieving all three will allow you to communicate your research to others effectively.
A central aspect of writing academic texts is using sources. Using sources correctly shows your reader that you know your field and are able to build on previous research. You must always acknowledge any material that is not your own by providing a source.
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