PhraseBook for Writing Papers and Research in English Paperback – 1 Jan 2007
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Published by EnglishforResearch.com, Cambridge, England, the PhraseBook is used in subjects ranging from Medicine, Science, Engineering and Technology to Law, Business and Economics, Political Science, Geography, History, Sociology, Psychology, Language and Education. To see a list of where our English language products and services are used, click here
The PhraseBook is used in over 30 countries worldwide. Users include academic staff, students and researchers at universities such as Oxford University, the University of Geneva, the University of Tokyo, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley, as well as at organizations such as the Medical Nobel Institute and companies from pharmaceuticals to space technology.
In the new 4th edition further phrases have been added, and Writing Help has been reorganized as a major section at the start of the PhraseBook with new and expanded sections. The PhraseBook has a new large clear layout for easy reading. The new edition also includes exercises for self-study and guides for using the PhraseBook in the classroom.
The PhraseBook is suitable for university and research writing from student to researcher and faculty level. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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This is certainly a book that can be seen as a resource that you can return to in many different situations. It is written in a concise and lucid way, with no long-winded discussions, and the advice is resolute and clear. The Writing Help part helps you avoid formal mistakes, and there is also very valuable advice on stylistic issues, e.g. how to avoid gender bias, and how to avoid colloquial language, not least the word “get” with its different particles.
The main idea of the Phrases section is to give you opportunities to vary your language, and this is perhaps the most useful section, especially for non-native writers. There are many researchers today that use English everyday as their working language, without having it as their first language, and also without having studied it at university level. Consequently, many might experience a perpetual insecurity concerning, e.g., grammar rules, and stylistic matters. The Phrases section with several thousands of words and phrases might be very helpful since it only catalogues items suitable for academic writing; thereby the non-native researcher does not risk using, e.g., language that is too colloquial.
Central for a book of this kind is of course that it is easy to navigate; i.e., that you quickly find what you are looking for. In the PhraseBook, the layout is sober and open, and there is also plenty of space for your own additions. The table of contents is clearly presented, but since it is absolutely crucial for the use of the book, I think it could be typographically even more exposed than now by using different colours or other means, since you return to it perpetually. Tables of contents could actually also start each chapter, and contain even the smallest subsections, which are not covered in the general table of contents now. There possibly cannot be too many indexes in a book like this.
Concerning non-native researchers, not even the hardest study of this book will make it possible to dispense with language correction by a native speaker completely, but the thorough use of it might lower the costs for correction substantially. And getting better self-confidence yourself when writing in English, as well as letting native language correctors concentrate on the really complicated matters, cannot be a bad thing.
I enjoy working with this book and believe if you apply the recommendations, it will produce better a written more polished text. Highly recommended.
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