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Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates (SAGE Study Skills Series)

Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates (SAGE Study Skills Series) [Kindle Edition]

Professor Mike Wallace , Professor Alison Wray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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'Mike Wallace and Alison Wray's book confirms that the answers that you get depend on the questions that you ask. One of the most important skills for researchers to acquire is that of asking the right questions, and they show that this process begins with identifying the questions that need to be asked about the existing literature on a chosen subject. Wallace and Wray demonstrate that critical engagement with one's sources pays dividends in terms of depth of understanding what those sources tell us. In addition, developing the skills of the critical reader also helps to make budding researchers into better writers, through the realisation of what works better and what works less well when communicating ideas and information. The book is written in a clear and straightforward fashion that is guaranteed to make you think, as well as encouraging constructive and engaging modes of writing that will improve your connection to your audience. '
Professor Graham Crow,
University of Southampton

Praise for first edition:

A very clear, accessible introduction that will be invaluable to postgraduate students trying to engage with reading and writing in a critical way' - R.M. Lee, Professor of Social Research Methods, Royal Holloway University of London

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In Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates Second Edition, the authors show students how to read critically and how to write using critical techniques. This book is a 'must-have' resource for postgraduate students and early-career academics. It has been expanded and updated to include:

  • A range of examples encompassing disciplinary areas including linguistics, education, business and management
  • Commentaries on using e-resources and features of e-research
  • New and additional material available online including access to journal articles

This book is for postgraduate students, methods course tutors and researchers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1719 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Second Edition edition (30 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KZX5GM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
I have been teaching literature review techniques to masters and PhD students for several years and I wholeheartedly endorse this book. Wallace and Wray have produced a clear, comprehensible and structured approach to critical reading and writing. The book provides a number of useful exercises and the worked examples are excellent. The book is essential reading for postgraduate students, researchers and educators in any social science discipline.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 13 Sep 2006
If you are new in the field of academia and are feeling a bit lost where, critical reading and writing is concerned, then this is the book for you! It is carefully thought out, easy to follow and provides excellent examples within each section. I particularly found the section on writing a literature review useful as this area is always a bit of a minefield. This book is suitable for Post-Grads at all levels and even the more experienced student/academic may learn a few new skills.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saved my life 26 Nov 2009
By Hannah
For someone who hasn't been to uni and learnt to write critically at this level, this book is a lifesaver! After being tasked with writing a 3000 word critical review on 5 journal articles, I didn't know where to start, but after just reading chapters 1-5 (enough for the first year in my opinion), I already have a much clearer idea of how to structure and present my essay. I find myself referring to it constantly. Also very readable and not difficult to understand. Highly recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge a book by its cover 23 Feb 2010
By Christian VINE VOICE
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The subject was written as at first glance, and admittedly second through fourth, this was not a book that inspired me to pick it up. This was quite foolish in hindsight as it denied time to read through it and expand on my own thinking, reading and writing.

The text is written to be as clear and accessible as possible. Even though the text is about critical reading, when the examples become more technical you feel that you are at a place where you can take them on.

Since the text is about analysing, the examples that the authors use is around literature and their own specialities. The issue this causes is that it can be more difficult to relate to for one not used to the subject matter.

In conclusion, the text is very useful for any person in higher education. Whilst I am on a postgraduate qualification, this would have been extremely beneficial when an undergraduate. The flaws can be overcome, and the book will leave you feeling...and thinking...wiser
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5.0 out of 5 stars ESSENTIAL reading (and USE) for postgrad study 23 Jun 2011
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This book sits on my desk, filled with little flags and I have all the forms on my computer. It has provided so much information and structure and just plain HELP towards my postgrad studies. Get it - you NEED it. I wish I had known this stuff when I was doing my GCSEs (well 'O' levels in my case!). The book is readable for any age and interesting and contains so much I wish I had known years ago. It fits very well with "A student's Guide to Methodology", also on Amazon
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 8 Mar 2013
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I am a Bsc. student and I did not do too well in my first and second year essays. I got a book (Write It Right: A Handbook for Students by Palgrave Study Guides) at the end of my first year but that did not help much; I got comments from markers like "too descriptive" and "not enough critical analysis" duh.
At the end of my second year, in frustration, I decided to get this book. I figured if it is good enough for masters students, it will do a lot of good for an undergraduate like myself.
My first essay in my third year, I scored 72, far higher than my average for the last 2 years.
This book really helped and it has a lot of examples of critical analysis, critical evaluation and how you can read your own work critically.
Buy Buy Buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful 12 Jan 2014
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Helpful book for critical reading and writing although business/education/legal based and so difficult to compare with my MSc but useful tips.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good start 26 Nov 2012
By dolla
This book is used as a reference book in the graduate school.definitely a good start for those who is new to critical reading and writing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book easy to read and understand.
God bok, easy to use and understand. Wish i had readthis years ago to help me with my essay writting.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs Zoe Mills
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Thank you!Thank you!! The book came like promised. It was in good condition and no complaints. I didn't not finish reading the book yet but hopefully it is helpful.
Published 8 months ago by Julia A Bojko
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Great assistance book for a new graduate student. step by step may help you a lot. cover design and the inner design are neat and organized.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Have already suggested to colleagues on Masters course they should buy a copy, easy to read and full of good advice
Published 10 months ago by Dorset EYP
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This book was recommended by lecturers.
I find it easy to study.
It's a must have in a PG students' book shelve.
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I am appalled by the depth of the authors` claim and warranting evidence of the critical writing and reading skills presented in this book,It is an icon. Read more
Published 21 months ago by zubairu k Dagona
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and Readable
This is one of the best books for postgraduate researchers I have come across. Some brighter undergraduate students could cope with this but I would urge the authors to produce a... Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2011 by The Collector
4.0 out of 5 stars Sucess or No Success?
I've yet to submit any summative assessment, but the publication has cetainly been good for pointers here and there. Read more
Published on 27 Oct 2011 by lc0105
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent for masters degree research
bought this for my son who is in his final year studying for a masters degree. Great relative to his disseration research
Published on 9 Sep 2011 by sue
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