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A student's writing guide : how to plan and write successful essays /
Gordon Taylor.
imprint
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
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xvi, 266 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
9780521729796 (alk. paper)
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Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
isbn
9780521729796 (alk. paper)
general note
Rev. ed. of: The student's writing guide for the arts and social sciences, 1989.
catalogue key
6859710
 
Includes index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Gordon Taylor is Honorary Research Associate at Monash University; before his retirement he was Associate Professor and Director of the Language and Learning Unit in the Faculty of Arts there. He was a pioneer in the development of content- and discipline-specific writing programmes for students in higher education. His many publications include The Student's Writing Guide for the Arts and Social Sciences (1989).
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'This is an engaging, highly relevant book that shows how effective academic writing emerges from the process of taking an active, questioning approach to studying, and thus how all students, in any subject and at any stage of their learning, have the potential to become better writers. ... It provides much practical help to confront the real problems experienced by student writers as they grapple with new concepts and learn how to create meaning and understanding through language within their disciplines. ... The book itself is an exemplary illustration of the good writing and clear thinking it aims to develop in its readers.' Kathy Harrington, Director, Write Now Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, London Metropolitan University
'This is an engaging, highly relevant book that shows how effective academic writing emerges from the process of taking an active, questioning approach to studying ... It provides much practical help to confront the real problems experienced by student writers as they grapple with new concepts and learn how to create meaning and understanding through language within their disciplines ...The book itself is an exemplary illustration of the good writing and clear thinking it aims to develop in its readers.' Kathy Harrington, Director, Write Now Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, London Metropolitan University
'A wonderfully comprehensive guide to essay-writing, covering everything from the importance of initial reflection and research, to how to develop an effective argumentative style. The book itself is a model of clarity, and its friendly tone tells readers they are in very safe hands indeed.' Martin Crowley, Senior Lecturer, Department of French, University of Cambridge
'Gordon Taylor's guide provides students and academic language professionals with in-depth analytical strategies and well researched methods to handle a broad range of essay topics. Taylor's experience as a writer and as a teacher shines through every section of the book: a must for anyone interested in writing top grade essays.' Alex Barthel, President, Association for Academic Language & Learning, University of Technology, Sydney
'The second edition of this classic guide to writing essays goes beyond the surface of dealing with the more 'mechanical' aspects of organising and structuring an essay. It addresses issues often skimmed over in other writing guides as it outlines realistic challenges of writing essays in disciplines where boundaries are increasingly shifting, and where the discourse of essays is changing. Gordon Taylor's guide provides students and academic language professionals with in-depth analytical strategies and well researched methods to handle a broad range of essay topics. Taylor's experience as a writer and as a teacher shines through every section of the book: a must for anyone interested in writing top grade essays.' Alex Barthel, President, Association for Academic Language & Learning, University of Technology Sydney
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Summaries
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Are you struggling to meet your coursework deadlines? Finding it hard to get to grips with your essay topics? Does your writing sometimes lack structure and style? Would you like to improve your grades? This text covers everything a student needs to know about writing essays and papers in the humanities and social sciences. Starting from the common difficulties students face, it gives practical examples of all the stages necessary to produce a good piece of academic work: · interpreting assignment topics · drawing on your own experience and background · reading analytically and taking efficient notes · developing your argument through introductions, middles and conclusions · evaluating and using online resources · understanding the conventions of academic culture · honing your ideas into clear, vigorous English. This book will provide you with all the tools and insights you need to write confident, convincing essays and coursework papers.
Main Description
Are you struggling to meet your coursework deadlines? Finding it hard to get to grips with your essay topics? Does your writing sometimes lack structure and style? Would you like to improve your grades? This text covers everything a student needs to know about writing essays and papers in the humanities and social sciences. Starting from the common difficulties students face, it gives practical examples of all the stages necessary to produce a good piece of academic work: - interpreting assignment topics - drawing on your own experience and background - reading analytically and taking efficient notes - developing your argument through introductions, middles and conclusions - evaluating and using online resources - understanding the conventions of academic culture - honing your ideas into clear, vigorous English. This book will provide you with all the tools and insights you need to write confident, convincing essays and coursework papers.
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This text covers all the fundamental things a student needs to know about writing essays and research papers in the humanities and social sciences. Starting from the common difficulties students face, it demonstrates with numerous examples all the stages necessary to produce a good piece of academic work.
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This text covers everything a student needs to know about writing essays and papers in the humanities and social sciences. Starting from the common difficulties students face, it gives practical examples of all the stages necessary to produce a good piece of academic work.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. xi
Sources of extracts used in the textp. xv
Introductionp. 1
The main elements in academic writingp. 2
You and your writing taskp. 4
You and your subject matterp. 7
You and your readerp. 12
Your language: form and structurep. 15
Reflection and Researchp. 19
Reflection: asking questions and proposing answersp. 21
Speculative thinking and writingp. 22
Choosing a topicp. 24
Kinds of questionp. 27
Coming to terms with an essay topicp. 35
Summaryp. 51
Interpretation: reading and taking notesp. 53
The 'problem' of readingp. 54
Evidence, interpretation and factp. 57
What an author doesp. 65
An author's major motivesp. 69
Modes of analysisp. 77
An author's structural intentionsp. 79
Interpreting a difficult textp. 82
The Dynamics of an Essayp. 89
Introductionsp. 91
The constituents of an essayp. 92
The constituents of an introductionp. 94
The use and misuse of introductory materialp. 95
Setting out your casep. 98
Writing an introduction to a research paperp. 107
Middlesp. 111
Some common problemsp. 112
The uses of outlinesp. 116
Expanding a casep. 117
Summaryp. 133
Endingsp. 134
Recapitulationp. 134
Mood: suggestion and implicationp. 136
Variations on a themep. 140
Languagep. 145
You, your language and your materialp. 147
Subjective and objective: the uses of 'I' and 'we'p. 148
Confusing yourself with your materialp. 151
Quoting - and not quotingp. 161
Some verbs of enquiry: how to use themp. 163
Analytical language 1: sentencesp. 167
Discrimination and confusionp. 168
Elements of sentence structurep. 169
Participants, processes and circumstancesp. 177
Analytical language 2: rhetorical strategiesp. 194
Analysing versus describingp. 194
Definingp. 199
Comparing and contrastingp. 207
Cohesion and texturep. 215
Determinants of cohesion and texturep. 215
Revising and improving textp. 221
Conventions of academic writingp. 230
Academic culturep. 230
A skeleton key to stylistic conventionsp. 232
Appendices
Writing book reviewsp. 240
Sample analyses of essay topicsp. 243
A revised manuscriptp. 252
Indexp. 257
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