General expectations of academic audiences
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.
(This guide is based on a Tacomma Community College guide)
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, it's a good idea to begin your search at the Walker Library home page.