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Research Skills

Information to help students find, evaluate, reference, and write for their assignments

Types of assignments

At Wintec, you may be required to complete a variety of assignment types, from essays, to visual presentations, to literature reviews.

Use the menu on the left-hand side to navigate to information about the type of assignment you need help with.


Academic writing

Academic writing is much more formal than other kinds of writing. You need to make sure your spelling, grammar, and punctuation are accurate, and you should avoid using slang and contractions (can’t, won’t, etc.). However, your writing will still need to be clear and concise—your reader should be able to understand your work!

Make sure you follow the structural conventions of the type of assignment you’re writing and format your writing with clear paragraphs. Use topic sentences to guide your reader and supporting sentences to show you have researched and to demonstrate evidence for your argument. Make sure your sentences and paragraphs flow logically.

For help with academic writing:

 Visit the Learner Success Toolkit, which has help guides on academic writing style and how to write assignments.

 Make an appointment with an academic writing expert at Student Learning Services.

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