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Writing Skills


Writing academic works

Guidelines, proper structure and contents are important parts of your assignments along the courses and your final thesis. In this text there is some reflections about academic writing to give some ideas and method on structuring text. Writing is not easy, for anybody, and needs lots of thinking and revision. There is the saying that "a good text is a bad text reviewed". There is no need to be perfectionist to the utmost detail, but texts, as any work, needs of discipline and self-demand, and you should set your own thresholds. Guidelines and conventions look very arbitraty at times, and at times they are indeed. But they must be followed when a text is presented, as in many times imply more than a simple set of capricious rules. But obviously is not only about presentation and forms, contents are the ultimate core of your work. [continue reading]


Developing writing skills [lecture]

Writing academic works [text]

Lebrun's Scientific writing 2.0: Chapter on abstracts [PDF]

Academic Writing in English (Norris, 2016) [PDF]


Get familiar with the UEF Electronic plagiarism detection tool (Turnitin)

Read the UEF instructions on plagiarism

Wach the video: Beware of nominalizations (AKA zombie nouns) -Helen Sword [Video]

Get a 9 steps' guide to plagiarism with examples [here]


Why are theses organised that way?

Whats is your own writing style?

What template would you follow when writing your first academic work? Structure your own thought on this.

[These questions may help the students to focus and reflect on the topic contents. They do not require to be submitted as an assignment and are not to be evaluated.]


The objectives of this session are:

  • To review and discuss the principles of clear writing
  • To compare and analyse different types of academic abstracts
  • To be able to write own abstract and to give constructive criticism to peers
  • To review how to conduct assignments following the principles of good scientific practice (ethics & plagiarism)


Assignment 3. Abstract. [instructions]


Watch the audio slides and check the tasks before the lecture day

Lecture day: During the lecture we will discuss about the topics in the presentations, the assignment and possible doubts.

Data presentation


On Chart junk

This is an article on Chart junk: Consider useful after all (question)

On "Weird" charts

An article about "weird" charts, to get inspired!

On Edward Tufte:

An article about his main ideas on data visualization:
His personal web page:

On Standards for Scientific Graphic Presentation:

Did you know that there is a full report on standards for Scientific Graphic Presentation? This article talks about that:

Do you think this report is still relevant and useful for you? This is the document from 1914:

On infographics

An article on how the brain process visuals:

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