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The Quick Fix Guide to Academic Writing

The Quick Fix Guide to Academic Writing
How to Avoid Big Mistakes and Small Errors

  • Phillip C. Shon - Professor of Criminology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology

December 2017 | 152 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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Whether you’re writing a paper, essay, assignment, or dissertation, this short and punchy book helps you improve your writing skills through minimal effort.

Providing you with a quick set of writing rules to follow, this tried and tested guide uses a unique and easy to follow grid-based system.  Packed with advice on understanding (big and little) common errors made in academic writing, it helps you identify patterns in your own writing and demonstrates how to reshape or re-evaluate them - and raise your writing game in any academic context. 

How-to tutorials include:

  • Synthesizing and critiquing literature – and using your coding sheet to develop critical arguments 
  • Shaping abstracts, introductions, discussions, and conclusions – to improve the logic and structure of your writing
  • Applying lessons-learned to future projects, whatever format of academic writing.

Save time and improve your grades, with this essential quick fix guide!

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Chapter 1: Understanding the “Big” and “Little” Errors in Your Paper
“Big” Errors  
“Little” Errors  
Chapter 2: What Am I Supposed to Do In My Paper?
The Lone Wolf Claim  
Formulating a Research Question  
Types of Writing Assignments  
Chapter 3: How to Synthesize the Literature
Organizing your own RCOS  
Interpreting RCOS: A Student Example  
The Infiniteness of Synthesis  
Chapter 4: How to Develop a Critique of Previous Literature
Critiquing Ice Cream, Hamburger, and a Movie  
Three Questions that Lead to an Appropriate Critique of Previous Literature  
A Haven for CPLs and GAPs  
Chapter 5: How to Produce a Claim
Differentiating between ROF and ROA  
The Citationality of the ROF and ROA  
Building an Argument and Creating Main Sections  
The Scope of Claims in Non-empirical Papers  
Chapter 6: How to Write an Abstract, Introduction, Discussion, and Conclusion
How to Write an Abstract  
How to Write an Introduction  
How to Write a Discussion  
How to Write a Conclusion  
A Note on Data and Methods  
Chapter 7: Conclusion: A Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Model of Social Science Writing


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This is very useful as a starting point for improving essay writing skills for mature students who are returning to study

Mrs Michele Ponting
Access to Higher Education, Portslade Aldridge Community Academy
October 3, 2017

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Understanding the “Big” and “Little” Errors in Your Paper

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