Book Description: This practical book demystifies the processes of academic writing through careful explanation and a series of engaging and practical examples. The techniques and strategies offered apply to all forms of writing which require a degree of argument and analysis. Places emphasis on drafting, redrafting, adaptation and correction as essential processes in the transformation and communication of ideas. Outlines the skills central to academic essay writing including moving beyond knowledge to understanding; discriminating between one idea and another; and building up ideas to make a case. Introduces the history and variety of the essay as a genre as well as the range of styles and voices employed by contemporary critics and students. Provides a guide to the three different systems of referencing currently used in academic writing.