No matter what type of audience you decide to write for, there are always a few assumptions you should make about any audience in an academic setting.
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Most instructors expect you to use at least some sources from their particular discipline's professional literature. Since most professional literature (academic/scholarly journal articles) is only available to you through the library's databases, you should probably begin your search there.
Thanks to TCC OER Project Director and English instructor, Quill West, for much of the information in the "writing" sections of this document.
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