3 Ways to Avoid Biased Language in Essays

There’s an old phrase that goes, ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me’. But while this might be true in physical terms, it ignores the power of biased language. Th...

Essay Tips: How Can I Increase the Word Count?

If you’re significantly below the suggested word count on an assignment, you’re not likely to get full marks. This is probably why so many people ask us how to make their essays longer. However, i...

Sexist and Gendered Language in Essays

It was once, as James Brown sang, a man’s world. But things have changed. Women have fought against traditional ideas of gender and taken their rightful place in politics, academia, business and man...

Fauna and Flora (aka What is Species Citation?)

Most of the wildlife in Australia is able to kill you. As such, wouldn’t it be nice if we had a way to classify animal and plant species so we know which ones are deadly? Sadly, this doesn’t exist...

Essay Tips: Footnotes and Endnotes

When writing an essay, anything that could win you extra marks is welcome. As such, why not use every single bit of the page to your advantage? Effective use of footnotes and endnotes, for example, ca...

6 Tips for Using Abbreviations in Academic Writing

Academic writing can be a bit… wordy. As such, anything that makes your work more concise is usually welcome. Perhaps that’s why abbreviations are so common in essays! But if you’re going to use...

Citing Religious Texts in Academic Writing

There are many religious texts in the world: the Bible, the Quran, the Dhammapada, etc. We’ll leave aside the question of which are correct (no spoilers). Instead, we’re focusing on the less contr...

Essay Tips: How to Use Block Quotes

Most essays include at least a few quotes. As such, there are rules for how to present other people’s words in your work. This depends in part on the referencing system you’re using. But it also d...