Good Essay Writing: A Social Sciences Guide

Good Essay Writing: A Social Sciences Guide

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By (author) Wendy Maples, By (author) Peter Redman


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  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 184 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 240mm x 10mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 9 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0857023713
  • ISBN 13: 9780857023711
  • Edition: 4, Revised
  • Edition statement: 4th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: figures
  • Sales rank: 70,646

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Lecturers, why waste time waiting for the post to arrive? Click on the above icon and receive your e-inspection copy today! Writing good essays can be a real challenge. If you need a helping hand (or simply want to improve your technique) this book sets out proven approaches and techniques which can help everyone write good essays. Extensively revised and updated, this 4th edition includes new material such as: * A chapter on essay planning, focusing on literature searching (using online materials), note-taking and formulating an argument * A comparison of essay writing to exam writing * The use of academic language, vocabulary and register, and its 'accuracy and appropriateness' * A new Companion Website providing additional activities, downloads and resources. The authors focus on answering key questions you will face when preparing essays - What do tutors look for when marking my essay? What kind of skills do I need as I progress through my course? How can I avoid inadvertent plagiarism? What are the protocols for referencing? Encapsulated in easy to digest summaries, this edition shows you how to approach different types of essay questions, addresses common worries, and provides extensive use of worked examples including complete essays which are fully analysed and discussed. Visit the Companion Website at for a range of free support materials! Good Essay Writing is highly recommended for anyone studying social sciences who wants to brush up on their essay writing skills and achieve excellent grades.

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Author information

Peter Redman has been teaching social sciences at the Open University for over 15 years. During this time he has worked closely with numerous students helping them reflect on and improve their writing skills. He is currently a Lecturer in Sociology. Wendy Maples is a Senior Lecturer in Geography at The Open University. She has been teaching in the Social Sciences for over 20 years. She has worked on a number of interdisciplinary courses, writing course texts in Social Science research methods and Environment, as well as learning development materials for students and teaching development materials for lecturers.

Table of contents

Introduction What Is a Social Science Essay? Stages of Writing, from Preparation to Final Version Matching the Answer to the Question Reading, Note-Taking and Literature Searches Thinking Critically and Formulating an Argument Writing Introductions Writing the Main Section Writing Conclusions Referencing Some Common Worries What Tutors Look for When Marking Essays Examples of Student Essays