Reading is part and parcel of academic writing, and knowing which sources to include in assignments and how to go about this process can be challenging. That's where this handy guide comes in. With over twenty years' experience in the field, Jeanne Godfrey is no stranger to essay writing. Taking students step-by-step through the process, from choosing their sources to checking their work, she helps students to develop the skills and confidence they need to use their reading effectively in their essays and get the best marks possible for their work. Concise and practical, it breaks down the 'why' and 'how' of using reading in academic writing and contains valuable guidance on paraphrasing, comparing the views of different authors and commenting on sources.
This book is ideal for students of all disciplines, and can be used by college students, undergraduates and postgraduates.
- Provides users with key vocabulary and phrases to use when integrating their reading into their essays, all of which are taken from real academic writing
- Presents common lexical and grammatical errors made by students, and gives readers practice in identifying them for themselves
- Uses authentic examples of students' academic writing throughout
- Introduces concepts such as research logs, critical analysis and plagiarism in a clear and contextualised way
- Part A contains new sections on how to target your reading, remain focused and know when to stop reading
- New section on how to use reading in reports, supported by short report extracts
- New two-colour text design to enliven the reading experience and make the text more accessible
Introduction and example essay extract
PART A: UNDERSTANDING YOUR READING
How Do You Decide What to Read?
How Do You Understand What You Read?
How Do You Question What you Read?
How Do You Compare and Connect What You Read?
Writing to Understand Your Reading
PART B: USING YOUR READING IN YOUR ESSAY
Why and How Should You Quote?
Why and How Should You Paraphrase?
Why and How Should You Summarise?
What Will Make Your Essay Original?
Putting it All Together in Your Essays and Reports
PART C: USEFUL WORDS AND PHRASES
Using Verbs Precisely and Powerfully
Discussing Authors' Position and Views
Comparing and Connecting Different Authors
Making Positive Comments
Making Negative Comments
PART D: CHECKING AND CORRECTION YOUR WORK
Using a Clear Writing Style
Re-expressing and Referencing Your Reading
Checking Your Referencing
Checking Your Grammar
Complete Business Ethics Essay
Answers to 'Over to You' Activities
Definitions of Terms Used in this Book
Dictionary Use, Register and Word Class
Different Referencing Styles
Fills a much needed gap between reading for writing, and the actual process of writing. Useful exercises on paraphrasing/quoting/summarizing, and introducing and commenting on your reading. The initial example of what 'good academic writing' which makes use of sources looks like was useful in raising student awareness of key features, and also providing them with a goal – i.e. what they should be working towards themselves.' - Emma Bentley, EAP Tutor, English Language Centre, King's College London, UK
"Combines a clear sightedness about the academic process, (from deciding what to read to polishing a final draft), with detailed advice and activities in specific areas of language, usage and grammar" - Kate Williams, Oxford Brookes University, UK
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
- Critical Thinking Skills Stella Cottrell
- Getting Critical Kate Williams
- Reading and Making Notes Jeanne Godfrey
- Dissertations and Project Reports Stella Cottrell
- Writing for University Jeanne Godfrey
- Referencing and Understanding Plagiarism Kate Williams, Mary Davis
- Skills for Success Stella Cottrell
- The Study Skills Handbook Stella Cottrell
- How to Write Better Essays Bryan Greetham
- Brilliant Writing Tips for Students Julia Copus
- Time Management Kate Williams, Michelle Reid
- Report Writing Michelle Reid