The new edition of this best-selling study skills book provides a practical guide for success for students at every level of their study in criminology or criminal justice degree. Fully-revised and thoroughly updated to reflect changes in the curriculum, the book continues to provide students with practical and relevant information for their degree including topics on: choosing courses, sourcing and researching, applying theory to practice, writing essays, presentation skills, revision, taking exams, and careers after your degree. Additional content for the new edition includes:

a new chapter on plagiarism; developments in virtual learning environments and e-resources; expanded coverage of internet and e-learning skills; your move from high school to university and the varying levels within your degree.

Essay Writing

Essay writing

Developmental Objectives

By the end of this chapter you should be familiar with:

  • essay preparation
  • note-taking
  • data collection
  • references and bibliography
  • essay writing
  • presentation
  • marking criteria
  • dissertation writing.

Whatever type of assessment you are required to complete for particular Criminology modules, all will involve written work. Essay writing is an opportunity for you to develop an extended discussion of a topic area. You will seek to demonstrate your understanding of the question and the academic debates that surround it. This is not simply your own opinion in relation to the subject area, but is a way of showing that you can formulate a coherent and informed debate based upon a range of relevant literature. Knowing how to structure and communicate your thoughts in written form is a necessary skill for any ...

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