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Assignment Help: Writing skills

Main steps in the writing process

1 Understand your assignment topic
2 Research: Read widely and think about what you want to write about
3 Analyse: Find out different points of views by analysing what you read and discussing with others
4 Record main points of what you have read and write down where you got them from (for referencing purposes)
5 Write clearly: Consider your audience
6 Plan a draft of your report or essay
7 Avoid plagiarism and reference your work
8 Edit and proof read

Writing essays

Hover over the links to view summaries of websites which will help you with writing your essay.

Online writing netiquette

Annotated bibliographies

An annotated bibliography is a list of sources with a brief evaluative summary (annotation) of each source.

The importance of knowing how to write well

“Writing is the primary basis upon which your work, your learning, and your intellect will be judged—in college, in the workplace, and in the community.” Source: Marquette university Copied under part VB.

  • Writing is an essential job skill.

  • How you write says a lot about you as a person and recruiters know this.

  • Much of professional communication is done in writing: proposals, memos, reports, applications, preliminary interviews, e-mails, etc. are part of the daily life of a college student or successful graduate.

  • Writing is one way of communicating with others. It is used extensively in higher education and in the workplace. If students don’t know how to express themselves in writing, they won’t be able to communicate well with lecturers, employers, peers, or just about anyone else.

  • Writing allows you to express your knowledge to the people who are making the big decisions. Source: Copied under part VB.

How to use quotes, paraphrases and summaries

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Important: Remember that quoting, summarising and paraphrasing (even when referenced) should not make up your whole assignment. Click on the links below to find out how to use information ethically and how to avoid plagiarism.


Writing reports in different disciplines

Hover over the links to view summaries of websites which will help you with writing your report. Includes lots of examples of different types of reports.

Writing reports in Science and Engineering