Academic Writing

Academic writing is the basis of assessment at university. Its structure and referencing systems are built around the idea of universities holding the knowledge of the world and adding to this knowledge. The following links offer access to various resources to assist you in completing your assignments with proper referencing and structure of writing.

IMPORTANT: There are different styles of referencing, and different versions of both Harvard Referencing and APA.
You must check with your Unit of Study Coordinator regarding the referencing style and version that is required.

  • Business School Referencing Guide
    This is the official referencing guide to be used by students in the Business School.

  • The WriteSite
    The WriteSite helps students achieve excellence in academic writing.

  • Learning Centre resources
    The Learning Centre resource page has downloadable files to assist you with referencing, analysing essay questions, analytical writing, developing and supporting an argument and planning your essay.

  • The Learning Centre Annotated Links
    This resource provides links to Australian and overseas websites that inform and instruct academic writing skills. These sites can help you develop different aspects of the academic writing skills you need as a University of Sydney student.

  • Research and Information Skills
    The Library's Research and Information Skills webpages offer a wider variety of interactive presentations and podcasts on effective research skills and usage of library services

  • MASUS
    The MASUS (Measuring the Academic Skills of University Students) diagnostic literacy test is used in some first year units of study in order to provide students with feedback on their literacy skills.


  • Writing Business Report Guides
    For Australian advice on writing business reports, see the Murdoch University guide, The Entrepreneur Network guide or the Deakin University guide.
    And for advice from the United States, see the Clayton State University guide.

  • SUPRA's Thesis-Writing Guide
    SUPRA's (Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association) guide on writing a thesis at the University of Sydney.