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Academic Writing


Academic writing is an important part of your learning experience at University. This form of written communication can be developed over time. Academic writing helps you express your points clearly and shows the reader that you have a strong understanding of the task at hand.

As an Undergraduate student at Queen’s, you can avail of our one-to-one Appointment Service if you would like to discuss academic writing, or any other element of academic skills in more detail. This is a free service, open to every undergraduate student regardless of degree programme. To find out more, click here.

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Essay Writing General Writing Resources Report Writing Reflective Writing and Learning Journals Grammar and PunctuationWeb Resources

Essay Writing

One of the most common methods of assessment is essay writing. LDS offers resources to guide you in the essay writing process.

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Essay Writing: The Essentials 

Question Key Words

Writing Introductions and Conclusions



Essay Checklist

Reverse Outlines 

General Writing Resources

It is useful to learn about the conventions of academic writing. Here are some resources to help you understand what is expected of you as an academic writer, as well as resources to help you refine your writing.

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Academic Conventions and Formatting


Proofreading Strategies

Proofreading Strategies Presentation

Writer's Block

Reflective Writing and Learning Journals

Learning journals incorporate personal reflections in an academic context. Reflective writing requires you to reflect upon, analyse and evaluate an event or experience.

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Learning Journals and Reflective Writing

Grammar and Punctuation

Communication is a vital part of academic writing, and the cornerstone of effective communication is correct grammar and punctuation.

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Comma Usage

Structuring Sentences

Verb Usage





Understanding Clauses

Grammatical Terms