Successful Academic Writing


basic five part paper Academic writing

Structure your writing

Good academic writing is clearly structured. It must have a beginning, middle and an end. In essays, reports, dissertations and presentations, these parts are:

The information on the following pages will tell you what content should go in each section.

Note: the body is the longest part of your paper and can contain as many paragraphs as necessary to support the main ideas of your argument.

Read the example essay (click to download) and consider how each paragraph is structured.

Go on now to find out what goes into the introduction.