The Flinders University School of Humanities Style Guide


School of Humanities Essay Writing and Style Guide
Last updated February 2006

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The information that follows will give you guidance in the editorial style and style of presentation required by the School of Humanities at Flinders in essays and academic work generally (you should also consult individual department guidelines). Conventions of editorial style and expression may sometimes seem arbitrary; they are not. Aimed at economy, consistency, and attractiveness, they attend to the reader’s convenience and facilitate the swift, accurate exchange of ideas. There is no incompatibility between a creative, inventive argument and clear presentation and expression. Bear in mind that your tutors and lecturers read several hundred essays each year. Papers that are hard to read for whatever reason — for example, poor presentation or confused grammatical structure — will receive lower grades than they would otherwise deserve.

This guide is presented in the order of tasks undertaken in the preparation of an essay.

Preparation

 

Reading effectively

 
Planning an essay  
What is an argument?  

Notes on good academic writing

 

Appropriate language


Tone
Use of the first person (“I”)
Tense
Grammar
Sentence fragments  

Grammatical agreement

 
Noun-Pronoun agreement  
Subject-Verb agreement  
Parallel structure  
Active/passive voice  
Split infinitives  
Preposition at the end of a sentence  
Punctuation  
Abbreviations  
Apostrophes  
Contraction  
Possession  
Possessive plurals  
Truncations  
Capitalisation  
Colons and semicolons  
Commas  
Full stops  
Quotation marks  
Quotations  
Logical terms  
Emphasis  
Author’s names  
Titles: italics or quotation marks?  
Numbers and dates  
Proofreading  
Spelling  

Citation and Referencing

 
Required references and acknowledgement MHRA Referencing
The Modern Humanities Research Association Style  
Referencing using the Note System  
Referencing using the Author-Date System  
Notes on required format/physical presentation of essays  
Academic Integrity and plagiarism  

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Flinders University Library

Professor Graham Tulloch of the English Department has written a booklet entitled English Grammar: A Short Guide. This text covers fundamental aspects of English grammar, such as parts of a word, parts of a sentence, and parts of speech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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