The Quick Fix Guide to Academic Writing: How to Avoid Big Mistakes and Small Errors
Publication Year: 2018
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 • ...
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
- Chapter 1: Understanding the “Big” and “Little” Errors in Your Paper
- Chapter 2: What am I Supposed to Do in My Paper?
- Chapter 3: How to Synthesize the Literature
- Chapter 4: How to Develop a Critique of Previous Literature
- Chapter 5: How to Produce a Finding and a Claim
- Chapter 6: How to Write an Abstract, Introduction, Discussion, and Conclusion
- Chapter 7: Conclusion: A Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Model of Social Science Writing
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To my wife, the MSG of my life.[Page vi]
About the Author
I am grateful to my former and current students, especially at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, for being open to the idea of the reading codes. I know I caused you a lot of anxiety and concern as you worried about “beating one horse” or making other big errors. I am especially grateful to Ms Bakshi for allowing me to use her RCOS for purposes of illustration. I would also like to thank Jai Seaman at Sage for her enduring support for the current project.
Dr Kerr, I want you to know that the lessons you imparted on me over twenty years ago still live on. I chuckle every time I scribble the grading code “LMG” on the margins of students’ papers. I still turn pages of The Will to Power and think of you, even though it has been over fifteen years since you passed away. I never got to say goodbye. This is what I would have said: Let the world perish, but let there be philosophy, the philosopher, you.
Most how-to books on writing mention the various errors that students make in their papers without adequately delving into the origins and consequences of those errors. This book uses the “big” and “small” errors that students commonly make in their papers as tools to help them become more effective writers. In this error-based approach to writing in the social sciences, Phillip C. Shon—“Dr. Phil”—teaches undergraduate and graduate students how to write their papers using the information gathered from their reading of social science journal articles as part of the writing process. By showing how social science texts are structurally and logically organized, he teaches students how to apply that social science logic to the various writing assignments they encounter throughout their tenure at the university.[Page xii]
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