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Writing and referencing

University studies require a large number of written assignments. Home exams, papers, reports and essays are examples of different types of written assignments you may encounter as a student. On these pages you will find advice on academic writing and referencing.

Academic writing has its own set of guidelines characterized by objectivity, explicitness and formality. This means that an academic text should be based on facts and research and not the writer’s own opinions. When writing academically you are expected to critically analyze the subject matter while taking previous research into account. All of this is reflected in the language. Academic writing also comes with requirements concerning structure, references and citation.

On these pages you will find guidelines and tips for academic writing and referencing. They have been developed particularly for non-native writers of English at university. Note that the advice is general. Always check with your department concerning subject-specific requirements.

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