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Academic Writing: conventions of the discipline

Academic writing follows certain conventions, such as those relating to plagiarism.

Some of these conventions vary from one discipline to another. Getting a handle on the accepted conventions of academic writing in your discipline can be one of the most difficult things about completing your thesis. Your supervisors and examiners have been involved in researching and writing in your field for years, and over time have built up an extensive understanding of what the acceptable writing norms and conventions are in your discipline. One of the best ways to learn more about what the accepted conventions are in your area is to observe what published authors do. You can use the reading you have to do for your research to learn about writing too.

When you read, pay particular attention to how respected authors establish their presence in the text and how they integrate quotations. Also, note whether or not your discipline has any particular style standards.

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