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Academic Writing: Books to help you


Useful sources for dissertation writing

This guide will point you towards useful books for when you are conducting your research and writing your dissertation – the Dewey Class number for texts on writing advice is 808.02 shelved on the top floor in the Quiet Zone.

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Study Skills | Critical Thinking | Literature Review | Research Methods | Writing | Referencing Helpful Websites

Study Skills

Guide to Learning and Study Skills : For Higher Education and at Work

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Book Cover ImageThe Ultimate Study Skills Handbook. 

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Critical Thinking

Book Cover ImageCritical thinking skills: developing effective analysis and argument. Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK; New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

370.152 COT


Literature Review

Book Cover ImageDoing a literature review in health and social care : a practical guide. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill/Open University Press.

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Book Cover ImageHart, C. (2001) Doing a literature search: a comprehensive guide for the social sciences. London; Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage.

025.524 HAR



Book Cover Image​Jesson, J., Matheson, L. and Lacey, F. M. (2011) Doing your literature review :traditional and systematic techniques. Los Angeles, Calif. ; London: SAGE.

370.152 COT



Book Cover ImageOliver, P. (2012) Succeeding with your literature review : a handbook for students. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

001.42 OLI


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Research Methods

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Bryman, A. and Bell, E. (2011) Business research methods. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press.

658.0072 BRY


Book Cover Image​Gratton, C. and Jones, I. (2010) Research methods for sports studies. London; New York: Routledge.

796.072 GRA



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Sekaran, U. and Bougie, R. (2010) Research methods for business:skill building approach. Chichester: Wiley.

650.072 SEK



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Writing at University : A Guide for Students

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Science Research Writing : A Guide for Non-Native Speakers of English

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Ballenger, B. P. (2009) The curious researcher: a guide to writing research papers. New York: Longman.

808.02 BAL



Book CoverBerndtsson, M. (2008) Thesis projects : a guide for students in computer science and information systems. London: Springer.

004.072 BER



Book CoverClark, I. L. (2007) Writing the successful thesis and dissertation: entering the conversation. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. 802.02 CLA





Book CoverCreme, P. and Lea, M. R. (2008) Writing at university: a guide for students. Maidenhead: Open University Press

808.042 CRE also available in fulltext on ebrary



Book CoverGreetham, B. (2001) How to write better essays. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire; New York: Palgrave.

808.042 GRE



Book Cover​Lunenburg, F. C. and Irby, B. J. (2008) Writing a successful thesis or dissertation : tips and strategies for students in the social and behavioral sciences. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

808.066378 LUN



Book CoverMurray, R. (2006) How to write a thesis. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

808.066 MUR



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Book CoverPears, R. and Shields, G. J. (2013) Cite them right: the essential referencing guide. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

808.02 PEA



Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism (2nd Edition)

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Highly recommended websites

University of Manchester. Academic Phrasebank [Online]. (2015). Available: [Accessed 15/04/2015]


Purdue University. OWL at Perdue Online Writing Lab [Online]. (2011). Available: [Accessed 15/04/2015]


University of Toronto. Specific types of writing [Online]. Available: [Accessed 15/04/2015]

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