Developing Your Academic Style of Writing1


You will be assessed on the intellectual content of your dissertation and on its presentation. Your written style is incredibly important. The success with which you convey your ideas will depend significantly upon the fluidity of your writing. To write a dissertation involves following a formula. To be successful the dissertation must adhere to those accepted rules of academic writing. A wide range of resources and guidance are available to help improve academic style. As noted elsewhere, keeping good records of references as you go along will help ensure these will all be in place (it's hard to go back and find sources of quotes!).

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CRÈME, P. and LEA, M. R. (2000). Writing at University. Buckingham, Open University Press
REDMAN, P. (2006). Good Essay Writing: A Social Sciences Guide. London, Sage
SWALES, J. M. and FEAK, C. B. (2004). Academic Writing for Graduate Students. Michigan, The University of Michigan Press

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General resources on writing:
A resource written for PhD students – but the section on words to avoid is still useful for dissertations:


1. © Dr Darren Marsh, (University of Birmingham)


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