Academic writing differs from discipline to discipline. How the writing is structured, and what counts as evidence depends on the discipline or field, such as history, zoology or physics. Use the resources on this page to assist you with writing your assignments.

Essay Writing Basics

Essay Writing Basics Videos

There are some common features of academic essay writing. Essay Writing Basics contains five short videos that explain the core elements of essay writing. They introduce the basics, and give you an idea of the main elements of an essay, including how to respond to an essay question, and how to write a Thesis Statement (the sentence that contains your main point), and Topic Sentences (which start each new paragraph).

What is Academic Writing?

JCU lecturers discuss academic writing at university

How do you prepare for Academic Writing?

JCU students discuss how to prepare for academic writing at university

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A Visual Guide to Essay Writing

Dr Valli Rao, Associate Professor Kate Chanock, and Dr Lakshmi Krishnan use a visual approach to walk students through the most important processes in essay writing for university: formulating, refining, and expressing academic argument. Download the pdf guide by clicking the image.

Library Guides

The JCU Library has a large range of guides to assist you with your academic writing, researching skills, and referencing.

Library Writing Guide

Library InfoSkills Toolkit

Library Referencing Guide

Library Introduction to using Endnote Software for Referencing

Library EndNote Video Tutorials

Library Guides by Subject Area