Even for professional writers, academic writing and literacy can be challenging.
A great way to hone your academic literacy is by joining a Research Writing Group. Research Writing groups are made up of HDR candidates in your department. You can join or start a Research Writing Group by contacting HDR Learning Skills at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
OWL is a great, independent site for brushing up on your grammar and improving your academic writing.
Academic literacy for research students (ALRS)
The Linguistics Department offers a web-based course in Academic literacy for research students (ALRS). While the focus is on Human Sciences, the content is open to all HDR students across the University. Each module involves a discussion of academic writing and examples, followed by a text analysis task. ALRS modules include:
- Module 1: Writing a thesis proposal
- Module 2: Writing a Literature Review
- Module 3: Writing a Research Article
- Module 4: Expressing Your Voice
- Module 5: Stance: Interacting with your readers
- Module 6: Organising an argument: The role of topic sentences
- Module 7: Constructing cohesive and coherent paragraphs
- Module 8: Inductive and deductive organisation of arguments
If you have any problems, please contact Jean Brick.