Academic Writing for University Students is designed to help all students succeed in writing essays, reports and other papers for coursework and exams effectively. Academic writing is often the biggest challenge facing college and university students, but this book provides all the tools needed to master the necessary skills.

The book is divided into four parts, to help teachers and students easily find the help they need, both in the classroom and for self-study:

  • The Writing Process: From finding suitable sources, through to editing and proofreading
  • Writing Types: Practice with common assignments such as reports and cause-effect essays
  • Writing Tools: Skills such as making comparisons, definitions, punctuation and style
  • Lexis: Academic vocabulary, using synonyms, nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs

This key handbook breaks down and practises every stage of essay writing. All units are fully cross-referenced, and a complete set of answers to the practice exercises is included. In addition, the companion website hosts comprehensive teaching notes as well as more challenging exercises, revision material and links to other sources.

Designed for self-study as well as classroom use, this book uses authentic academic texts from a range of sources and provides models for common writing tasks such as case studies, while progress checks are included for each part to enable students to assess their learning. Academic Writing for University Students is an invaluable guide to all aspects of academic writing in English.

part 1|102 pages

The Writing Process

chapter Unit 1.1|8 pages

Writing Basics

chapter Unit 1.3|12 pages


Finding Suitable Sources

chapter Unit 1.4|7 pages


Developing Critical Approaches

chapter Unit 1.5|7 pages

Finding Key Points and Note-making

chapter Unit 1.6|7 pages

Avoiding Plagiarism

chapter |4 pages

Progress Check A

chapter Unit 1.7|10 pages

References and Quotations

chapter Unit 1.8|9 pages

Summarising and Paraphrasing

chapter Unit 1.9|7 pages

Contrasting Sources

chapter Unit 1.10|6 pages

Organising Paragraphs

chapter Unit 1.11|6 pages

Introductions and Conclusions

chapter Unit 1.12|6 pages

Editing and Proofreading

chapter |2 pages

Progress Check B

part 2|46 pages

Writing Types

chapter Unit 2.1|6 pages

Argument and Discussion

chapter Unit 2.2|5 pages

Cause and Effect

chapter Unit 2.3|4 pages

Problems and Solutions

chapter Unit 2.4|4 pages

Case Studies

chapter Unit 2.5|5 pages

Literature Reviews

chapter Unit 2.6|4 pages

Writing Longer Papers

chapter Unit 2.7|7 pages


chapter Unit 2.8|4 pages

Reflective Writing

chapter |4 pages

Progress Check C

part 3|52 pages

Writing Tools

chapter Unit 3.1|5 pages


chapter Unit 3.2|6 pages


chapter Unit 3.3|4 pages


chapter Unit 3.4|5 pages


chapter Unit 3.5|4 pages


chapter Unit 3.6|11 pages

Numbers and Visual Information

chapter Unit 3.7|6 pages


chapter Unit 3.8|7 pages


chapter |2 pages

Progress Check D

part 4|33 pages


chapter Unit 4.1|9 pages

Approaches to Vocabulary

chapter Unit 4.2|5 pages

Academic Vocabulary

Nouns and Adjectives

chapter Unit 4.3|6 pages

Academic Vocabulary

Verbs and Adverbs

chapter Unit 4.4|5 pages

Prefixes and Suffixes

chapter Unit 4.5|4 pages


chapter |2 pages

Progress Check E