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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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Essential reading for students. Assists return to learning and young students.

Mrs Catherine Keller
Pre-Paramedic Studies, Inchicore College of Further Education
November 14, 2011

relevant and simply laid out, this could prove useful to overseas students and those not familiar with conventional approaches

Elaine Pattison
Department of Education, Newman College
November 9, 2011

The format of the text is very clear and provides useful examples of how to plan, structure and develop essays. The inclusion of short self assessments is beneficial for inexperienced writers and draws together key points from each chapter.

Dr Angela Gardiner
Faculty of Health & Social Care, Hull University
October 20, 2011

Very good book

Dr Jane Bulkeley
Education , Glyndwr University
October 18, 2011

A clear text which students have said has been helpful to them in developing their academic writing skills.

Mrs Karen Hatch
SCHOOL OF HEALTH, Northampton University
October 14, 2011

A well written text which assists students to develop their academic writing skills.

Mrs Karen Hatch
SCHOOL OF HEALTH, Northampton University
October 14, 2011

A well structured book that will appeal to those students who already have some expertese in writing essays. This will provide another text from which students can choose that suits their learning style.

Mrs Christine Stacey
School of Health, Greenwich University
October 10, 2011

A great little helper for freshman students to improve their ability to formulate and structure academic arguments.

Mr Gregor Reisch
Research Unit Peace and Conflict Studies, Free University of Berlin
September 27, 2011

Clear and comprehensive text

Ms Peggy Murphy
nursing, Glyndwr University
September 23, 2011

I will be recommending this for a number of modules at all levels. Great little book.

Dr Calum Neill
Psychology and Sociology, Edinburgh Napier University
September 21, 2011

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