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How to Write Dissertations & Project Reports (Smarter Study Skills) [Paperback]

Jonathan Weyers , Kathleen McMillan
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23 Jun 2011 027374383X 978-0273743835 2

Fully updated since first publication in 2007, and with extended and revised sections in key areas such as Plagiarism & Copyright, Ethics in research, and Citing & Referencing, How to write Dissertations & Research Projects will allow a student to assess and address their particular weaknesses in researching and writing dissertations and longer pieces of coursework and delivers detailed tips, techniques and strategies to enable them to significantly improve their abilities and performance in time to make a difference.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (23 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 027374383X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273743835
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr Kathleen McMillan is Academic Skills Advisor and senior lecturer at the University of Dundee, Scotland. She has published as co-author with Dr Jonathan Weyers (University of Dundee) as well as with Dr Bill Kirton (formerly University of Aberdeen) on a range of books related to studying,learning and writing for university. Her most recent publication co-authored with Jonathan Weyers is 'Study Skills for International Students' which brings together 30 years classroom and research experience in academic skills and second language acquisition (publication date August 2010). Also look out for the 2010-11 edition of 'The Smarter Student Planner' with incorporated tips an hints that keep things on track over the academic year.

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How to Write Dissertations & Project Reports

Kathleen McMillan & Jonathan Weyers


Is there a secret to successful study?


The answer is 'yes'! There are some essential skills and smart strategies that will help you to improve your results at university.


This easy-to-use guide identifies and addresses the areas where most students need help with planning and then writing dissertations and project reports, and provides straightforward, practical tips and solutions that will enable you to assess and then improve your performance.


How to write Dissertations and Project Reports provides all of the tips, tools and techniques that you need to choose, research, write and present successful dissertations and research projects, including:

  • How  to structure and plan your writing proposal
  • How to undertake experimental work and field research
  • How to read & analyse information and take notes effectively
  • How to interpret, analyse and present numerical & research data
  • How to improve your academic writing style
  • How to cite references and avoid plagiarism
  • How to review, proof-read and present your dissertation or project for maximum impact & results


Visit to access a wealth of useful information, tips, templates and interactive activities that will support your skills development.

About the Author

Kathleen McMillan and Jonathan Weyers work within the University of Dundee’s Learning Centre and Academic Affairs Office respectively and have each been teaching for over 25 years and now specialize in supporting academic skills across both the arts and sciences.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read 20 July 2009
By Suzan A
The thought of reading another book through my holidays filled me with dred. This book is very easy to read and navigate. It consolidates learning as you go along and has great tips. This has really helped me put my thoughts and ideas into order. an excellent companion for writing your dissertation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Skills support for dyslexic students 2 Mar 2009
This book has been very useful for my work in supporting university students who have dyslexia, especially for the research and numeracy skills required for many dissertations. It is clear and concise and its small size is convenient. It is also practical, having many summaries and lists of key points.

As the authors' style and presentation suits me more than the other five or six skills books I have consulted, their 'How to ...' skills books are the main texts I have used in the past year to refresh my skills support. Several chapters are included in more than one book, which could be seen as a bit wasteful, but at times this can be useful if you only want to carry one skills book with you. The one negative is that there is no index with this book and the other two small ones, only with the more comprehensive 'Developing Essential Study Skills' book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brillient Book! 11 July 2010
By D. Aked
This book is the perfect way to start your dissertation, i have chosen to read the book cover to cover but you could just as easily dip in and out. The sections are clearly layed out with key topics and phrases starting each chapter. Worth every penny of the price tag highly recommended
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2.0 out of 5 stars Common Sense! 9 Jun 2014
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Seriously, If you need to buy this book, I question why you're doing a degree.

The contents are - at best - common sense. By all means useful for a person who is a little bad at organization and needs a scheme or checklist to follow. But I'd suggest getting one online and not wasting your money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great service 29 Nov 2013
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arrived on time; in good condition; book is needed for my university course and is easy to read; bought other books in the range
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5.0 out of 5 stars how to write dissertations & project reports 15 Sep 2012
By yomama
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i got this for my son, as he is just starting his second year at university and had to have this book. he has found it very useful. i would recommend this book to anyone who has to do this kind of work and also the seller thank you
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