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5.0 out of 5 stars How to Write a Better Thesis
Unlike many other books written to assist thesis writing, this one is really worth buying. It is clearly written, has excellent ideas for organising your thesis (and indeed your entire phd/project), and has sensible suggestions about what should go into each chapter. The main difference between this book and others for phd students/report writers is that the ideas it...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous price
How can anyone afford to buy this book? I would love to buy it and then review it, but this price is ridiculous. Can any student afford this book?
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Write a Better Thesis, 31 July 2003
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Unlike many other books written to assist thesis writing, this one is really worth buying. It is clearly written, has excellent ideas for organising your thesis (and indeed your entire phd/project), and has sensible suggestions about what should go into each chapter. The main difference between this book and others for phd students/report writers is that the ideas it contains are actually useful. I believe the book would be helpful to anyone writing any up any kind of project, not only postgraduate students.
Most of the suggestions are universally applicable, and I have found almost all ideas are helpful despite the general structure of my thesis differing a bit from those in the book. In particular, the book has had a big impact on my introductions and conclusions.
I had been completely stuck thinking that the task of writing my thesis was insurmountable when I finally got round to reading "How to Write a Better Thesis" and found inspiration. The examples help to maintain the book's relevance and "humanity", while the ideas on structure actually got me out of the quagmire I was in. Most other books contain a lot about presentation, whereas this one is more balanced, and actually gives you the tools to get started. It also helps you finish up with lots of handy checks to go through before handing in your final draft.
The first edition of the book also had chapters on writing reports and papers, and joint authorship, whereas the second edition has summaries at the end of each chapter and further material on going about research and dealing with your supervisor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to write a better thesis - 2nd edition, 9 May 2009
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Really great book. I'm looking at it from the top down - as a Professor with PhD and Master's students (past and present), plus helping one of my own sons writing a lower level thesis.

This book gives the student what every supervisor would like to give them, if only they had the time and were articulate enough. I have neither, so it has got onto the "must get" list for my students (along with Endnote and Julie Pallant's SPSS guide). I deliver success, and have no interest in failures. Read this, work hard, get your post-grad degree, and launch off into life.

I've read a number of the other books in this area and have not been impressed in the way that this book impressed me. It is just so real, so practical and so down to earth, that it is usable from the start. Get it as early as you can in your degree, because it helps you in planning your thesis as well as in writing it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Write a better thesis, 31 Aug. 2012
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This was bought as a leaving present for a colleague who is going on to do a PHD. He liked it and I hope it is helpful to him
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous price, 16 Dec. 2013
How can anyone afford to buy this book? I would love to buy it and then review it, but this price is ridiculous. Can any student afford this book?
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