Academic Skills Unit
- Using Sources
- Planning and Drafting
- Proof Reading
- IT for Assignments
- Test Area
- What's HE like?
- The importance of tutorials
- Getting the most from Moodle
- Reading for academic work
- How to find sources
- Evaluating sources
- What's the problem with Wikipedia?
- Fact and knowledge in academic work
- What is Theory?
- Theory and your opinions in academic writing
- Top tips from students and tutors for academic study
- Demonstrate your research by showing what you've read
- Make your writing credible by using reliable information to back it up
- Show how you've developed your ideas
- Demonstrate an understanding of the thinking within the topic you're writing about
Huddersfield have changed their referencing style to APA6. For further guidance, please see the Huddersfield page.
The following printable sheets and resources should show you how to:
1. Compile a reference list
2. Format your referencing correctly
3. Link referencing and citations in your writing
Download and print off these handy sheets on Using Source Material and Using Quotes within your writing. It is one thing to be able to reference your source material correctly (see 'Referencing') but it is another to be able to use the information to your best advantage within your writing. Things to consider are: the length of the piece of work (i.e. the word count), the type of writing you are working on (i.e. Essay or Report) and the assignment brief.
- Part one looks at the basics: how to select source material to use, and how to give credit where it is due
- Part two goes further: the different ways that source material can be written in to your work, and the technical aspects of writing with source material
Planning and Drafting
Planning is important when writing academic work. Taking time to think and plan before you write should improve your writing. Taking time to make drafts and to revise your writing before your submissions should also be beneficial.
Your writing should become:
- more focussed
- better matched to the assignment brief
- easier for your tutor to understand!
Proof-reading is the final stage before handing in your assignment. It is important to proof-read because however careful you are when writing, there are always bound to be little mistakes like speling errrors, or grammar. and punctuation, errors!
A careful read-through can help to find and amend any errors. A good tip is to give your work to someone else to read. They will spot the errors more easily because they don't know what you have written.
Use the check-list, and if you can tick all the boxes you can say with confidence that you are ready to hand-in your written work!
Proof reading checklist
.docx MS Word file