When you’ve completed an essay it’s common practice to print a copy to hand in. The printed copy is a finished version, and has consistent content and formatting no matter who looks at it. A .pdf file is similar in the sense that it’s a digitally printed version of your work and will look the same on your display and the display of the person(s) marking your work. This is why we ask for all written work handed in online to be in the .pdf format rather than .doc, .docx, .txt, .pages or .rtf.
Many computers available to you already have PDF creators installed (for example the PC Clusters already contain this software) and ready for you to use, below are instructions on how to create PDF’s on the most commonly available platforms:
In some cases you may wish to download a PDF creator to your home PC, these can be readily found on the internet (e.g. http://www.nitropdf.com/free/index.htm), however if you choose to use one of these software’s then you need to ensure that the software you obtain does not insert a branded watermark onto your final PDF file, as these can cover vital aspects of your work.