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Writing

Dalhousie University has a Writing Centre Resource Guide that provides guidance on all stages of writing. Group seminars and individual tutorials are also available from Dalhousie's Writing Centre.

Universities across North America share tips on academic writing. The most comprehensive sources are from Purdue UniversityUniversity of Toronto, and University of Victoria. Most of the links below refer to these sources.

Types of Academic Writing

  • lecture notes [1]
  • proposal [1]
  • annotated bibliography [1] [2] [3]
  • book review or article critique [1]
  • technical report [1] [2]
  • essay [1] [2]

Elements of Writing

  • words [1]
  • sentences [1]
  • paragraphs [1] [2] [3]
  • quotations [1]
  • citations [1] [2]
  • notes and bibliographic entries (Humanities style) [1] (Chicago Manual of Style)
  • in-text citations and references (Author-date style) [1] (Chicago Manual of Style)
  • illustration captions [1]
  • abstract [1]

Process of Writing

  • preparing [1] [2]
  • researching [1]
  • finding, evaluating, and recording sources [1]
  • taking notes from sources [1]
  • using software [1]
  • organizing an essay [1]
  • making an outline [1]
  • making a reverse outline [1]
  • writing an introduction [1]
  • arguing and emphasizing [1]
  • quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing sources [1] [2]
  • writing a conclusion [1]
  • revising [1] [2] [3]
  • editing [1] [2] (Strunk and White, The Elements of Style
  • proofreading [1] [2]
  • formatting and printing [1] [2]
  • making an oral presentation [1]

Business Writing