Writing Academic Papers is a book for undergraduate students in higher learning institutions and colleges designed to help them accomplish their academic paper assignments. This book comprises most materials necessary for students to write convincing and persuasive academic papers. It defines an academic paper, explains its importance in higher education, and outlines the necessary steps in writing a well-presented, well-argued, and well-documented academic paper. This book also discusses in detail and with concrete examples the question of plagiarism, the most serious offense in academic writing, including the effects of plagiarism in the production of new knowledge and the consequences to those caught plagiarizing. This book is an invaluable resource for all beginning students striving to achieve ethical and excellent writing performances.