Good Essay Writing: A Social Sciences Guide / Edition 4

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Overview

This book sets out proven approaches and techniques which can help everyone write good essays. Extensively revised and updated in this fourth edition, Good Essay Writing now includes a companion website and new material such asa chapter on essay planning, including literature searching (using online materials), note-taking and formulating an argument,a comparison of essay writing to exam writing, the use of academic language, vocabulary and register, and its ‘accuracy and appropriateness’ , and more exemplar material used throughout the chapters.

The authors focus on answering key questions students face when preparing essays – What do tutors look for when marking my essay? What kind of skills do I need as I progress through my course? How can I avoid inadvertent plagiarism? What are the protocols for referencing?

Encapsulated in easy-to-digest summaries, this new edition shows you how to approach different types of essay questions, addresses common worries, and provides extensive use of worked examples including complete essays which are fully analyzed and discussed. Each chapter also includes suggested further reading and an extensive glossary.

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Meet the Author

Peter Redman has been teaching social sciences at the Open University for over 15 years. During this time he has worked closely with numerous students helping them reflect on and improve their writing skills. He is currently a Lecturer in Sociology.

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Table of Contents

Introduction What Is a Social Science Essay?
Stages of Writing, from Preparation to Final Version Matching the Answer to the Question Reading, Note-Taking and Literature Searches Thinking Critically and Formulating an Argument Writing Introductions Writing the Main Section Writing Conclusions Referencing Some Common Worries What Tutors Look for When Marking Essays Examples of Student Essays

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