I want to write "dos and don'ts", or an equivalent expression, in a university essay. I am assuming that it is not very academic to write "dos and don'ts", so does anyone have a better way of putting it?
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How about Best Practice which you can use to encompass a set of recommendations as well as a set of things to advise against.
You could keep the expression "The Do's and Don'ts"“Do's” and “don'ts” ..? and place it within inverted commas (speech marks) in your essay, it has the advantage of being well-known and self-explanatory but much would depend on the topic being discussed and who your reader is.
Otherwise, the expression recommendations could be used; it's formal and can include indicted courses of action as well as contradicted ones.