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Dissertation Writing in Practice

Turning Ideas into Text

Linda Cooley ,Jo Lewkowicz

Publication Year: 2001

This book is designed to raise students' awareness of the linguistic features of a postgraduate dissertation/thesis written in English. It deals primarily with the linguistic aspects of extended pieces of writing, placing great emphasis on the writer's responsibility for the readability of the text.

Published by: Hong Kong University Press, HKU


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pp. v-vii

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pp. 1-6

Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of students registering for postgraduate studies. In particular many EFL/ESL (English as a Foreign Language/ English as a Second Language) students are choosing to carry out their studies in universities...

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1. Identifying the Research Gap

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pp. 7-36

When you come to write your dissertation, you need to convey three types of information to your readers: you have to explain the background which led to your study; you must describe how the study was carried out and finally you discuss your findings and present the conclusions that you have reached. ...

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2. Making Use of Source Materials

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pp. 37-67

As we have seen in Chapter 1, it is essential when writing a dissertation to refer to other scholars whose work you have used for source material during your research. References to the work of other scholars appear throughout a dissertation, although they are, naturally, most...

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3. Stating Facts, Interpreting Data and Making Claims

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pp. 69-94

Although the organisation of your dissertation will depend largely on the type of research you are conducting, the rhetorical moves you will need to make and the language you use to make them will generally be very similar across disciplines. ...

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4. Drawing to a Close

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pp. 95-125

The final chapter of your dissertation draws together everything you have said earlier and completes the picture for your readers. At one level it should prove relatively easy to write as you will have finished all your research and will be totally familiar with your findings: by the time...

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5. Structuring and Signposting

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pp. 127-150

Having considered the individual parts of the dissertation in earlier chapters, we can now look at putting the parts together. We indicated in Chapter 1 that there are different ways of doing this as there are different types of dissertation structure. ...

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6. The Final Touches

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pp. 151-170

As you are writing your dissertation, you will need to keep proofreading and editing your text to ensure that it is easy to follow and error-free. You will also need to read it through one final time before you submit your dissertation. ...

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pp. 171-192


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pp. 193-199


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pp. 201-203

E-ISBN-13: 9789882201040
Print-ISBN-13: 9789622093973

Page Count: 212
Publication Year: 2001

OCLC Number: 794700921
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  • Hong Kong (China) -- Bibliography.
  • Dissertations, Academic -- Bibliography
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