Table of Contents

  1. Essay terms explained
  2. Planning essays
    1. Introduction
    2. Using essay plans
    3. Why an essay?
    4. Before you begin
    5. Planning ahead
    6. Analysing the question
    7. Selecting the material
    8. Organising your material
    9. Find your preferred style
    10. Summary
  3. Referencing and bibliographies
    1. Why reference?
    2. Before you write
    3. When to use references
    4. Referencing styles
    5. How to reference using the 'author, date' system
    6. How to reference using footnotes or endnotes
    7. Finally
    8. Further reading
  4. The art of editing
    1. Introduction
    2. What is editing?
    3. Positive and negative feelings about editing
    4. Where to work?
    5. Recording your critique
    6. Overall editing plan
    7. References
  5. Critical reading
    1. What is critical reading?
    2. Why do we need to take a critical approach to reading?
    3. Critical reading does not have to be all negative
    4. Evidence
    5. Broadening the definition of evidence
    6. Linking evidence to argument
    7. Note taking
    8. Descriptive details you may want to record about sources
    9. Some interpretative questions you may need to ask about sources
    10. Helpful guidance from other sources
  6. Critical writing
    1. What is critical writing?
    2. What is descriptive writing?
    3. The difference between descriptive writing and critical writing
    4. Finding your academic voice
    5. Stringing together of quotes
    6. Strategic use of paragraphs
    7. If it's worth including, it's worth telling us why
    8. Line of argument
    9. Example of effective critical writing
    10. Checklist for an overall review of your writing
  7. Writing essays
    1. The key elements
    2. The introduction
    3. The use of paragraphs
    4. The use of evidence and/or examples
    5. The conclusion
    6. Drafting your essay
    7. Editing your essay
    8. Presentation
    9. Feedback
    10. Summary
  8. Writing for science
    1. Introduction
    2. Characteristics of good scientific writing
    3. Developing good scientific writing
    4. Choosing the words
    5. Choosing a 'voice'
    6. Personal or impersonal?
    7. Using tenses
    8. Sentence length
    9. Summary
  9. Writing reports
    1. What is a report?
    2. What makes a good report?
    3. The structure of a report
    4. Writing the report: the essential stages
    5. Feedback
  10. Planning and conducting a dissertation research project
    1. What is a dissertation?
    2. Choosing a topic
    3. Developing a research question
    4. Effective planning of the research
    5. Being organised and methodical while conducting your research
    6. Undertaking a literature survey
    7. Collecting data
    8. Pilot studies
    9. Dealing with problems
    10. Reporting the research
    11. Summary
    12. References