Student's Writing Guide How to Plan and Write Successful Essays

ISBN-10: 0521729793
ISBN-13: 9780521729796
Edition: 2009
Authors: Gordon Taylor
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Book details

List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/7/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 284
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Gordon Taylor is a principal of Landscape Design Limited in London. He has designed gardens throughout Great Britain and Europe. He is the author of two previous Monacelli titles.

Preface
Sources of extracts used in the text
Introduction
The main elements in academic writing
You and your writing task
You and your subject matter
You and your reader
Your language: form and structure
Reflection and Research
Reflection: asking questions and proposing answers
Speculative thinking and writing
Choosing a topic
Kinds of question
Coming to terms with an essay topic
Summary
Interpretation: reading and taking notes
The 'problem' of reading
Evidence, interpretation and fact
What an author does
An author's major motives
Modes of analysis
An author's structural intentions
Interpreting a difficult text
The Dynamics of an Essay
Introductions
The constituents of an essay
The constituents of an introduction
The use and misuse of introductory material
Setting out your case
Writing an introduction to a research paper
Middles
Some common problems
The uses of outlines
Expanding a case
Summary
Endings
Recapitulation
Mood: suggestion and implication
Variations on a theme
Language
You, your language and your material
Subjective and objective: the uses of 'I' and 'we'
Confusing yourself with your material
Quoting - and not quoting
Some verbs of enquiry: how to use them
Analytical language 1: sentences
Discrimination and confusion
Elements of sentence structure
Participants, processes and circumstances
Analytical language 2: rhetorical strategies
Analysing versus describing
Defining
Comparing and contrasting
Cohesion and texture
Determinants of cohesion and texture
Revising and improving text
Conventions of academic writing
Academic culture
A skeleton key to stylistic conventions
Appendices
Writing book reviews
Sample analyses of essay topics
A revised manuscript
Index

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