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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book for students in the early stages of academia, or those returning after a break, 10 Nov 2011
Teaching at both undergraduate and masters level, this book deals with the most common questions raised by students with respect to how to go about academic writing. It covers a wide range of topics, from the basics through to how to develop and evaluate complex arguments, and provides a solid foundation for those looking for guidance on how to start, structure, and conclude written work.

There are shorter books out there, but there are much longer ones too. In this text, the authors do a great job of balancing detail and useful examples with clarity and accessibility.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable; and it tought me a lot, 3 Mar 2001
This review is from: Reading, Writing and Reasoning: A Guide for Students (Paperback)
I tend to try and alternate between books which require thinking and books which don't when reading. When I read this however I had just read the 900 page Cryptonomicon (though it is not particularly hard to read). It is a credit to the authors' of this book that I found it enjoyable enough to happily read it at that time. Of course the main purpose of this book is to make you a better writer and thinker; not to make you enjoy it. I found that the book made many good points about writing and made me alert to some mistakes in my style. It is a book which does not try and give you any answers but tells you the options available to you and lets you make up your own mind about what is best for you in the situation at hand. Overall a very good book which serves its purpose well. I would like to mention that in a subject such as this it will teach a few nothing, but many that think they are in the few would learn a great deal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Improving our writing, 13 April 2012
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J. Jarvis (Hertfordshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This book is an updated edition of an already popular text. It is widely used by students and teachers in higher education to support their academic writing development. As a teacher of both undergraduate and postgraduate students I have found this a very useful resource for teaching aspects of academic writing.
The text first encourages the reader to engage actively with texts in order to make sense and use of what they are reading. Strategies for doing this are identified. Understanding the purposes of writing and how one goes about starting to construct one's own text are explored and a range of strategies are demonstrated. Throughout the text useful examples are given so that readers can see what a particular approach might look like. The authors are not prescriptive and offer a range of ways of starting and structuring writing. A section on grammar, punctuation and spelling deals very clearly with these necessary aspects of writing and issues of style are also addressed.
A chapter that I have found particularly useful is the one on citation and referencing, which demonstrates how a writer can build effectively on the ideas of others rather than scattering references through the text. How one builds arguments through a text is clearly demonstrated.
The clarity of this book is superb and it is useful for people just starting out with academic writing but also for more experienced writers who are aiming to write with greater clarity and effect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Standard Grade English in one Book, 27 July 2011
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Excellent buy for an adult returning to education. Could do with a section on cutting and editing but well worth the money I paid. Shows the importance
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars summary, 10 Nov 2011
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Book was in excellent condition although not new. Delivery on time. Content of book relevant to university students who need to know techniques in order to research, plan essays and and reason to a good standard.Summary boxes informative. Generally written in simple language, easy to follow.
Cathy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Delivery and Clean Books, 16 Mar 2010
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Wong Hoi Fan (Japan) - See all my reviews
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The delivery was made within 2 working days.
The book was clean and almost like a new one.
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