How to Write a Better Thesis

How to Write a Better Thesis

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If you are writing a thesis - whether edging towards it, wrestling with it, or just plain stuck - this sensible, thoroughly practical book is bound to help. As in the previous editions, the emphasis is still firmly on structure. Having supervised countless postgraduate students and seen all the pitfalls, the authors are convinced that clear and logical structure is the key to a good thesis. Concrete examples of common structural problems are given, and offer numerous devices, tricks and tests by which to avoid them. You may be one of the many researchers who has yet to discover just how much computer software can do for you. This book spells it out clearly, and offers checklists to help you stay on track. The revolution it highlights is that the smart researcher can now treat writing not as the last chore but as part of the research process itself.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 198 pages
  • 136 x 206 x 18mm | 299.37g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • Third Edition
  • 0522861261
  • 9780522861266
  • 71,589

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"This book is well worth reading for people writing up research, not only those writing a thesis. The truth is in there!" -- Neile A. Kirk, author, "Dhumbadji!" on the previous edition
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About David Evans

David Evans was Reader and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne. Among his many books and articles is Restoring the Land (MUP).||Paul Gruba is Lecturer in Communication Skills at the Centre for Communication Skills and English as a Second Language, University of Melbourne.|Justin Zobel is Professor in the Department of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne. He is also the author of Writing for Computer Science.
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Table of contents

1 Introduction; 2 What's a thesis?; 3 Making a strong start; 4 Making your word processor work for you; 5 The introductory chapter; 6 The background chapters; 7 The chapter on design of your own work; 8 The results chapters; 9 The discussion or evaluation; 10 The conclusions; 11 Before you finally submit; 12 Disseminating your work; Appendix: some notes on writing and presentation; Bibliography; Index.
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