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

Phillip C. Shon

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Sage Publications
01 November 2017
Writing & editing guides; Study & learning skills: general; Languages & ESL; English as a Second Language; English as a Second Language
Lecturers request your electronic inspection copy here 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!

The Student Success series are essential guides for students of all levels. From how to think critically and write great essays to planning your dream career, the Student Success series helps you study smarter and get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips and resources for study success!
By:   Phillip C. Shon
Imprint:   Sage Publications
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 242mm,  Width: 170mm, 
Weight:   290g
ISBN:   9781526405890
ISBN 10:   152640589X
Series:   Student Success
Pages:   152
Publication Date:   01 November 2017
Audience:   College/higher education ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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

Phillip C. Shon received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois (Chicago); he also holds an M.A. in linguistics and a B.A. in philosophy from Northeastern Illinois University (Chicago). He is currently a Professor of Criminology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology where he teaches courses in homicide and criminological theory. He is the author of How to Read Journal Articles in the Social Sciences (2nd ed.). London: Sage, 2015; Language and Demeanor in Police-Citizen Encounters. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2008; Respect, Defense, and Self-Identity: Profiling Parricide in Nineteenth-Century America, 1852-1899. New York: Peter Lang, 2014. He is a co-editor (with Dragan Milovanovic) of Serial Killers: Understanding Lust Murders. (eds). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2006. Phil grew up in Chicago. He no longer hides the shame of being a Cubs fan, and has completely forgotten Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series. He is patiently awaiting the Chicago Bears to come up with a sequel to the Super Bowl Shuffle before they return once more to the Promised Land.

Reviews for Quick Fix Guide to Academic Writing: How to Avoid Big Mistakes and Small Errors

This is an easy to read book with a valuable insight into the structure and content of academic writing...I certainly found it valuable in developing my ability to write particular sections of social science papers. And, as a marker, the 'big' and 'small' errors code sheets enabled me to provide a more detailed feedback to students. -- Caroline Ford This is an excellent book that provides clear advice not only on how to read, but also how to write academically and will be useful to undergraduate and masters students alike. The codes and the way that information is presented is reader friendly - the book can be used as a reference book or read cover to cover. I suspect for many people it will be both. -- Pete Allison This book provides a readable guide to structuring academic writing with the benefit of annotated reading. It is written with humour and a pulling no punches style. -- Joanna Nichols This book incorporates a unique framework through which students in social science programmes can make sense of the academic expectations surrounding reading and writing in their courses. Explained in a clear and logical manner, this framework is strongly linked to the learning needs of the student-the more I read, the more I want to try it. -- Mark Gillespie At last! A text that supplies the student with specific tools for the specific requirements for reading and writing in the social sciences. -- Joseph Finnerty


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