Curious about how Academic Writing relates to other kinds of writing, the tasks it requires of you, and how to do research and evaluate material? Check out “The Craft of Academic Writing” for some support. Struggling through writing a big assignment and wondering what steps you need to take? Investigate our section on “The Writing Process,” which covers brainstorming to drafting to revision to final editing.
We also have resources for using style guides, doing career writing, doing the specialized writing required in major academic projects like dissertations, and more! We’re always working on developing new tools, and we’re always interested in feedback on what you appreciate and what will help you in the future. Please feel free to email us with any thoughts or suggestions!
For many students in college and graduate school, Academic Writing can be a new and challenging endeavor, just different enough to be confusing. These resources can help you navigate the world of academia, understand the requirements of academic writing, and approach common academic tasks.
- How is Academic Writing Different?
- Academic Values and the Writer’s Craft
- Writing for Academic Audiences
- Reflective Writing
- Understanding Writing with Bloom’s Taxonomy
- Reader-based Writing and Higher-order Concerns
Common Academic Tasks
- Balancing Responsibilities in Graduate School
- Corresponding With Your Instructor
- Handling Comments in Track Changes
- Taking Class Notes
- Timed Writing
- How to Take Standardized Writing Tests
- Developing Effective Presentations
- Basic Tips for a Video Presentation of Your Research
Help with Common Assignments
- Terms Used in Academic Assignments
- Writing Reflection Papers
- Writing Discussion Posts
- Writing a Research Paper
- Writing a Case Conceptualization
- Writing a Family of Origin Paper
- Writing a Chapter in a Longer Document
- Writing an Annotated Bibliography
- Writing the Literature Review
Reading deeply, collecting and critiquing ideas, and integrating those ideas into your own are essentially the foundations of Academic thought. By questioning and critiquing the ideas of others, as well as our own, we build a culture of knowledge that values evidence over gut feeling or fuzzy reasoning. By synthesizing and advancing the ideas of others, we contribute to development of knowledge for all humanity. These resources can help you investigate your ideas and the ideas of others, and show you how to integrate those appropriately in academic writing.
Reading and Doing Research
- Active Reading Strategies
- Critical Reading Exercises
- Gathering Information
- What is Peer Review and Why Does it Matter?
- Evaluating Research Generally
- Evaluating Empirical Research
- The Art of Integrating Sources
- Using Quotations Overview
- The Delicate Balance of Using Quotes
- A Short Guide to Paraphrasing
- Antioch University Plagiarism Policy
- At Research and Documentation Online, Diana Hacker and Barbara Fister of Gustavus Adolphus College offer advice about how to find and document sources in Humanities, Social Sciences, History, and the Sciences.
Writing is a process of recursion and revision. These resources are here to help you every step of the way, from generating your ideas to drafting your work to revising your writing to polishing the whole.
Brainstorming and Organizing
- Brainstorming and Generating Ideas
- How to Organize Ideas
- Identifying Audience and Purpose
- Planning To Write
- An Inquiry Planner (step 1)
- The Informal Paper Proposal (step 2)
Writing the First Draft
- Four Strategies To Help You Write A Draft
- Staying Productive
- Thesis Statements
- Writing Conclusions: The Lasting Impression
Revising and Re-seeing
- Nine Revision Strategies
- The Reverse Outline
- Revising for Coherence
- Wordiness and the Passive Voice
- Writing Concisely
- The Paramedic Method
Polishing and Editing
Major pieces of academic writing often require more detailed and specific choices on the part of the writer. These resources are here to guide you through the details of specialized academic writing, including the biggest single task of your degree. Also check out additional Thesis and Dissertation Resources on the Antioch Writers’ Exchange.
Specialized Writing Tasks
- Approaching Unfamiliar Genres and Writing Tasks
- Writing Thesis and Dissertation Proposals
- Writing an Annotated Bibliography
- Writing the Literature Review
- Basics for Writing Literature Reviews
- Writing a Chapter in a Longer Project
- Writing and Revising Abstracts
- The Art of Effective Presentations
General Thesis and Dissertation Tips
- Choosing a Dissertation Topic
- Dissertation and Thesis Writing Groups
- Break Breakdown: How to Manage Page and Section Breaks in Microsoft Word
- WEX Tips: The Literature Review
- Including Media in Your Scholarly Work
- Additional Thesis and Dissertation Resources on the Antioch Writers’ Exchange
- Justus Randolph, in the on-line journal Practical Assessment, Research, and Evaluation, offers “A Guide to Writing the Dissertation Literature Review,” which breaks down the elements and goals of the lit review into clear, manageable chunks.
- Boote and Beile’s Literature Review Scoring Rubric offers students a quick-glance version of what a literature review includes as well as a sense of what a good literature review does that a poor one does not.
Regardless of your field and specialty, you can rest assured that you will need to cite your sources and abide by the rules of a style guide. These resources focus on helping you manage those expectations, especially around the particulars of things like APA style.
- APA Style 7th Edition Quick Reference for Common Types of Sources
- APA Style 7th Edition Checklist
- APA Style 7th Edition Changes for Student Writers
- Citation Managers
- An Overview of APA Style 6th Edition
- Common Mistakes in APA Style 6th Edition
- Visit the American Psychological Association website for updated information regarding APA style and formatting guidelines for writing in the psychology and social sciences.
- Harvard’s website also features a detailed tutorial in the use of APA Style guidelines with audio narration of PowerPoint slides that is extremely informative and of particular use to auditory learners.
- Visit the Modern Language Association website for updated information regarding MLA style and formatting guidelines for writing in the humanities.
One of the most challenging tasks in academia can be to approach it in an unfamiliar language. As we develop additional resources, this will be a place to help guide you through that endeavor.
- The Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary gives simple, clear definitions of English words.
- The Visual Dictionary Online is an all-in-one reference. Search the themes to quickly locate words, or find the meaning of a word by viewing the image it represents.
- The Visual Thesaurus represents words, their synonyms, and their antonyms visually and makes finding the right word a fast and fun task. The nuances of English is brilliantly color-coded and spatially represented.
- English Grammar, Usage and Style Reference List
- The Elements of Style
- Common Errors in English Usage
- The Cengage College E-Exercises give you the opportunity to increase your grammar and writing skills in 30 areas and over 700 exercises. You can work at your own pace wherever you want: home, computer lab, or classroom
- Punctuation and Mechanics
- Parts of Speech
- Sentences and Sentence Problems
- The Grammar Girl offers quick tips on word choice, grammar, and style.
As soon as you complete your degree, and often before, you’ll need to be looking ahead to your eventual career. Within your program you may also be applying to internships or field placements. Since professional writing has its own standards and expectations, we’ve developed a few resources to guide you along the way.
Writing With Purpose
Vincent explains some of the keys to professional writing with a purpose statement.
An Arduous Journey
The arduous journey of becoming a writer — an introduction to Antioch’s Virtual Writing Center.
Eliminating the Random
Adrian Garcia, a doctoral student at Antioch University, shares how peer feedback helps him understand his readers’ questions, eliminate unnecessary tangents and build coherence in his writing.
Understanding The Vulnerability of the Writer
Anthony Kagochi, a graduate student at Antioch University and peer consultant for the Virtual Writing Center, discusses the challenges of writing and his role as an online writing tutor.
Noticing My Identity As A Writer
Cyn Clarfield, a doctoral student at Antioch University, explains how the feedback she gets from peers helps her notice and understand patterns in her writing.
Telling the Paper Aloud
Liz Amaro, a graduate student at Antioch University, explains how she works with peers to explore and structure her paper before she writes a draft.
Making Sure All the Ideas In My Head are in the Paper
Jon Stevens, a graduate student at Antioch University, reflects on how the feedback he gets from peers helps him make sure that all the ideas in his head make it clearly and coherently onto the page.
The Value of Good Questions
John Hetherington, a graduate student at Antioch University, discusses how peer feedback helps him uncover good questions and move his writing forward.
Write with Intention and Courage
Denny Russell, MA, coordinator of the Robert Dizney Writing Center at Antioch University Midwest, talks about the challenges of finding an authentic purpose and the courage it takes to share what you write.
The Research Essay – An Expression of Curiosity
Vincent Kovar, MA, discusses how the academic research essay should be an expression of your curiosity.
The Writing Process – Discovering What You Have To Say
Rebecca Davis, Ph.D talks about the importance of discovering exactly what you have to say and how your writing process can help lead to that discovery.
The Research Essay – Write A Documentary
Hidy Basta, Ph.D explains how writing a research paper is like putting together a documentary film. Not only does the organization of the information help the reader understand, it’s an expression of your voice.
Find A Writing Process That Works For You
Brandy Parris, Ph.D reveals that no two people share the same writing process, so it is important that you find a process that works for you, not one that works for your professor or friend.