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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Types of Writing

Learning how to write well is an ongoing process, and some students might think that, in their discipline, writing is not as important. However, writing plays an integral role in helping students to comprehend course material, develop and express ideas and nurture critical thinking skills. It is proven that if you write about something, you are more likely to remember it.  Each discipline incorporates written assignments in their courses, but there are different types of writing which vary in format, style and organization.

Whether you are writing a capstone or thesis project in fourth year engineering, a reflective paper in first-year health sciences, a lab report in second year science or a research paper in social science, each of these assignments requires that you write well.

Writing well is important for the “real world” because once you graduate you will have to communicate effectively to get and keep good jobs as well as communicate within that job. Writing well also helps you to better express your thoughts and verbally communicate with others.

To get a brief introduction to what academic writing is, watch this video from Lund University: What is academic writing?

Click on your faculty on the side of the page to learn the most frequently used types of writing in your discipline.