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How to Write Essays, Dissertations and Theses in Literary Studies [Paperback]

Nigel Fabb , Prof Alan Durant
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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1 Nov 1993 0582089778 978-0582089778 1
This book has been designed both to be read through as a whole for ideas, general guidelines and practical suggestions, and to be consulted at any difficult stage of a particular research or writing project. Nigel Fabb and Alan Durant take the reader through the various stages of writing an essay, dissertation or thesis, from beginning to final submission, and offer specific guidelines and a lively and detailed commentary on actual examples of student work at each stage.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 1 edition (1 Nov 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582089778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582089778
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 13.9 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable for Literature Students 6 Oct 2003
I was required to read this book last year as part of my Masters degree course, and admit to wondering how it could help me. At this point in my studies, I thought I'd cracked it with essay writing, and I wasn't sure that a book could teach me how to write better. Wrong! It has proved absolutely invaluable - I've returned my library copy and bought my own.
The really useful thing about this book for me is that it's directly relevant to English Studies. It covers such subjects as how to choose a literary text to study, the differences between critical editions and where to start with research. It has very useful advice (which I've put to use) on the process of writing. One of the most useful tips was to keep a piece of paper nearby when writing an essay, which states the hypothesis and a brief statement of ideas so far, which should be regularly updated. This really helped me to keep focused on the question and not drift off.
I would recommend this book to all literature students - especially if you are studying beyond undergraduate level.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable 23 Aug 2011
There are a few study guides such as this one that I always find myself returning to, more for reassurance than advice. This is well-written, short, and has practical advice for almost every aspect of writing a dissertation. Once you've dipped into this the prospect of embarking on a long piece of academic work becomes less daunting. This sits next to my dictionary and thesaurus - it's become that important!
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3.0 out of 5 stars its okay 20 Aug 2013
By Jay
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
it as help me to understand more I guess, but I did purchase another book -a fool prof which I found made it just that bit helpful or it could have been the combination of the two. That could have been me having an off day, need to read it again. sorry not sure if that's helped but its the truth.
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