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Writing Essays for Dummies

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Navigating a World of Information 7 Chapter 1: Mapping Your Way: Starting to Write Essays 9 Chapter 2: Getting Going and Keeping Going 27 Chapter 3: Working Out the Essay Type 45 Part II: Researching, Recording and Reformulating 63 Chapter 4: Eyes Down: Academic Reading 65 Chapter 5: Researching Online 85 Chapter 6: Note Taking and Organising Your Material 97 Chapter 7: Avoiding Plagiarism 115 Part III: Mastering Language and Style 129 Chapter 8: Writing with Confidence: Brushing Up Your Grammar 131 Chapter 9: Penning the Perfect Paragraph 147 Chapter 10: Writing in the Academic Style 163 Part IV: Tightening Your Structure and Organisation 189 Chapter 11: Preparing the Aperitif: The Introduction 191 Chapter 12: Serving the Main Course: The Essay's Body 201 Chapter 13: Dishing Up Dessert: The Conclusion 215 Chapter 14: Acknowledging Sources of Information 227 Part V: Finishing with a Flourish: The Final Touches 243 Chapter 15: Editing and Proofreading: It's All in the Detail 245 Chapter 16: Perfecting Your Presentation 259 Chapter 17 : Moving On: Results and Feedback 269 Part VI: The Part of Tens 279 Chapter 18: Ten Troubleshooting Tips 281 Chapter 19: Ten Tips for Writing Essays in Exams 289 Index 301

About the Author

Mary Page teaches English for Academic Purposes and essay-writing skills at the University of Southampton. Dr Carrie Winstanley is a Principal lecturer in Education at Roehampton University. Carrie was recently named one of the Top 50 university teachers in the UK by the Higher Education Academy.

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