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

Academic Reading

Academic Fairy Tale

Results and Discussions

Essay structure

Figures and tables

Introductions and conclusions for essays

Introductions and conclusions for research articles

Task Analysis

Thematic literature review matrices


Paragraph structure 


Writing a literature review

Punctuation, Grammar, Style

Introduction to academic writing style

Cohesion in writing

Colons & semi-colons


Subject-verb agreement


Thesis statements

Scientific writing style

Sentence structure

Science Writing

Reading medical articles critically

Scientific writing style

Tips for good writing in health sciences

Popular science articles

PowerPoint Presentations

Research proposals

Scientific articles for medical journals

Scientific poster design

Scientific reports 


Understanding Plagiarism & Effective Referencing Strategies

Specialised Texts


Concept Notes

Cover letters

Essay exams

Experiential Learning 

Note taking using the Cornell Method

Policy Briefs

Postgraduate Progress Reports

Popular science articles

Rapid Reviews

Research proposals

Reflective Writing 

Scientific articles for medical journals

Scientific posters

Scientific reports

Scoping reviews

Systematic reviews

Technical Reports

Additional UCT Resources

The Bongani Mayosi 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. 

Nyukela Academic Support - The EDU team in the Department of Health Sciences offers academic support to 1st and 2nd year students. They have a team available to tackle any issue - they will work together, assist and make more time as/if needed, or link you to further helpful advice, people and feedback. They know that students are not all the same and that learning needs may differ. What they have done, is put together learning resources which are accessible to you on VULA; the site name is Nyukela Academic Success.

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.

Office for Research Integrity - To help you conduct ethically responsible research with integrity, the ORI is available to enhance and ensure compliance with national and international standards. Visit their website for more information. 

Office for Postgraduate Studies & Researcher Development - To support your postgraduate development, the office offers a wide range of workshops both in-person and online. See their calendar of events for more information. 

Writing Pathways - CHED offers a suite of postgraduate writing courses to support your development as a confident academic writer. See their offerings for more information. 

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.