Academic writing is only partially concerned with reporting facts carefully and accurately (and with fully documenting their origins). Perhaps its most important quality is 'developmental'. Scholarship develops over time because researchers revisit existing scholarship, subjecting it (and its origins) to critical examination. Evidence is assessed, and interpretations offered. Therefore, you will need to cultivate a technique of writing that enables you not only (i) to state ideas clearly, but also (ii) to develop extended arguments in order that you can present your interpretations of factual evidence in a convincing manner. The list below is not necessarily comprehensive, nor will all of the features listed necessarily be present as an essential aspect of each and every essay that you write. It is intended as a guide .