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Writing in English. Structure

Interuniversity Style Guide

    The content of these guidelines is taken from the Vives University Network’s Interuniversity Style Guide for Writing Institutional Texts, an interuniversity project in which the UPC participated with the support of the Secretariat for Universities and Research of the Government of Catalonia.


    Structure

    • The main point of writing institutional texts is to convey information to readers. If texts are not well structured, readers will struggle to follow what you are trying to say. The first step towards an effective, coherent document, then, is proper structuring. Ensure that your texts have clearly defined sections preceded by short headings that typographically stand out from the surrounding text.

    • Use a numbering system to highlight the hierarchy of sections (1) and subsections (1.1).

    • Organise your texts in paragraphs that are not too long (readers welcome white space).