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Our resources have been grouped into different categories to help you quickly find what you are looking for. Some of the resources have been duplicated under different relevant headings to ensure you don't miss out on anything important! 


The Writing Process

5 steps to writing good essays

The academic fairy tale


Essay structure

Figures and tables

Introductions and conclusions for essays

Introductions and conclusions for research articles

Writing a literature review

Thematic literature review matrices

Paragraph hamburger


Reading effectively


Punctuation, Grammar, Style

Introduction to academic writing style

Cohesion in writing


Subject-verb agreement


Thesis statements

Scientific writing style

Science Writing

Reading medical articles critically

Scientific writing style

Tips for good writing in health sciences

Popular science articles

Research proposals

Scientific articles for medical journals

Scientific poster design

Scientific reports 


Integrating Sources


Referencing styles

Specialised Texts


Cover letters

Book reviews

Essay exams

Experiential Learning 

Popular science articles

Research proposals

Reflective Writing 

Scientific articles for medical journals

Scientific posters

Scientific reports


Additional UCT Resources

The Health Sciences Library - If you require any assistance with literature searching, referencing or referencing manager systems, please visit the Bongani Mayosi Health Science Library. They have an excellent team of librarians trained to help you with these specialist queries. 

Human/Animal Research Ethics Committee - If you require guidance with regards to research protocols to ensure that the safety and rights of your participants are included in your proposal, please visit the Human Research Ethics Committee website. All the relevant documentation that you require as well as guidelines and forms to fill in, can be found on this website under the research tab.   

Careers Service – If you require any assistance with putting your CV together, please visit the Careers Service on upper campus. They have a team of trained consultants who understand the job market and can help you to produce a professional and relevant CV.


Additional External Resources

List of Editors – Using an editor is a great way to get that final polish on a piece of writing. However, it is important to bear in mind that depending on the length of your document, using an editor may be very costly! Here is a list to help you.