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Good Essay Writing

Good Essay Writing
A Social Sciences Guide

Fourth Edition
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May 2011 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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 new material such as:

  • A chapter on essay planning, focusing on 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'
  • 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.

Good Essay Writing is highly recommended for anyone studying social sciences who wants to brush up on their essay writing skills and achieve excellent grades.

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
Some Common Worries
What Tutors Look for When Marking Essays
Examples of Student Essays


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An appropriate text for essay writing.

Professor Lin Yi
Department of Sociology & Social Work, Xiamen University
January 5, 2013

Good basic books for those who need a little extra support

Mrs Jo Lutas
Community Studies, Isle of Wight College
September 27, 2012

Helps students to focus on clear writing style and text structure. Gives helpful checklists of things to do to get good marks.
Very easy to access.

Dr Marco Lehmann
Psychology , University of Hamburg
June 27, 2012

An essential book for any student who is finding the transition into writing assignments in a Higher Education setting.

There are useful examples given throughout the book to aid understanding of what should be written.

Mrs Suzanne Strawford
School of Education, Newman University College
June 6, 2012

A very useful companion which will be recommended to students at all levels to support and improve their writing skills.

Miss Hannah Spring
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, York St John University College
May 16, 2012

A good standard book for postgraduate students. Will be useful as a supplemental text for students in terms of structuring their work and reminder of how to write academically

Dr Ian Jenkins
Hospitality & Tourism, Glion Institute of Higher Education
January 26, 2012

This is an excellent book to support study skills development for our Dental Students. Even though it is targetted to the Social Sciences, much of the information is fully appropriate for essays in the basic sciences. We have marked it as recommended reading for our Stage 1 Dentistry 'Orientation' course.

Dr Nicholas Jakubovics
Oral Biology, Newcastle University
December 16, 2011

A fantastic book for our foundation degree students who are studying a study skills module. Appropriate level for the course and in 'easy speak' for students new to higher education.

Miss Lisa Johnson
Social and Professional Development, City of Sunderland College
December 13, 2011

Excellent book for developing essay writing skills

Dr Steven Stagg
Psychology , Royal Holloway, University of London
November 23, 2011

An essential and required reading for students on FD awards.
Accessible and presented in a logical format.

Mr Gordon Leach
Business School, Staffordshire University
November 16, 2011

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