Academic writing

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Academic writing skills for international students /​ Siew Hean Read.

ISBN: 9781352003758

This user-friendly guide features examples of student writing and exercises throughout and will help you to develop you academic writing skills so that you can achieve the best possible marks. This engaging guide will equip students who are non-native speakers of English with the tools and confidence to respond effectively and appropriately to written assignments at university. It supports students in the development of essential writing skills, such as structuring paragraphs and building an argument, and provides practical guidance on adhering to the conventions of academic writing. It guides students systematically through a series of text analyses which bring out key linguistic and rhetorical features, making complex textual issues manageable and understandable for learners of all abilities. This is an ideal self-study aid for non-native English speakers, both on pre-sessional language courses and on degree programmes, who need to get to grips with the conventions of academic writing.

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Successful Research Projects : A Guide for Postgraduates / Anne Lee.

ISBN: 9781351236164

Comprehensive and accessible, Successful Research Projects provides a practical, research-based framework to help examine practice, solve problems and plan research effectively. With key practical tips throughout, it draws on examples from across disciplines and across the world ensuring best practice for those completing projects in the fields of science, health care, social sciences, arts and humanities as well as multi-disciplinary projects. This book covers the key questions, challenges and solutions, exploring: Organising time efficiently Working effectively with colleagues Getting the best out of a supervisor and understanding what help is available Demonstrating good practice in academic writing Differences between research projects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels Staying motivatived and balanced in order to excel throughout the process Ways to use research to help career planning Providing the significant theories behind ways of managing projects, identifying important goals and solving problems, Successful Research Projects is the perfect companion for the busy student facing a postgraduate research project. This is the companion guide to the second edition of Successful Research Supervision, a research-based practical framework for academics to examine and develop their effectiveness as supervisors. It helps supervisors to move their students towards the ultimate goal of being able to study independently in a thoughtful, coherent and efficient manner and is a go-to guide for both novice and experienced supervisors seeking to develop their practice.

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Fifty steps to improving your academic writing : study book / Chris Sowton.

ISBN: 9781859646557

50 Steps to Improving Your Academic Writing addresses the challenges facing every student beginning a program of academic study. This comprehensive guide gives you everything you need to write well-constructed academic essays. It is packed full of information that is critical to attaining better marks, including: * how to apply critical thinking skills * how to strengthen your arguments * how to include paper referencing * how to avoid plagiarism 50 Steps has been developed to mirror best practice in academic essay writing: researching, planning, writing and then proofreading an essay. Multiple entry points allow you either to work through the book in chronological order or to dip in and out depending on your needs. The book contains a detailed answer key, a full glossary of terms, plus comprehensive reference material that provides study templates and useful hyperlinks, as well as additional examples and information about academic writing.

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Sourcework : academic writing from sources /​ Nancy E. Dollahite, Julie Haun.

ISBN: 9781111352097

The second edition of Sourcework, designed to help students make use of outside sources, has been updated and enhanced to better guide writers through the challenges of their first academic research papers. With new university-level readings and updated activities, this flexible text helps students master the writing and critical thinking skills necessary to produce strong academic essays using supporting evidence.

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Business research methods for Chinese students : a practical guide to your research project /​ Huiping xian, Yue Meng-Lewis.

ISBN: 9781473926660

Written by Chinese authors who having both successfully completed Masters degrees and PhDs and become lecturers at UK universities, are equipped to provide Chinese students with straightforward guidance to help overcome the cultural and language difficulties they are confronted with, and to support them in their undertaking of the research methods section of their dissertations.

The book comprehensively covers both the theory and practice and includes a number of features to support learning including:

  • Chinese translations of key concepts and definitions
  • Tips about how to use different methods in the Chinese context
  • Clear definitions of key terms
  • Short illustrative examples
  • A list of useful resources about Chinese research

The book also features examples of Chinese research from the authors’ own work and from top journals to illustrate how the methods can be applied in the Chinese context.

Suitable reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students across all business and management disciplines.

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