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Good Essay Writing
A Social Sciences Guide

Fourth Edition
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April 2011 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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Writing good essays can be a real challenge.  If you need a helping hand (or simply want to improve your technique) this book sets out proven approaches and techniques which can help everyone write good essays.

Extensively revised and updated, this 4th edition includes new material such as:

  • A chapter on essay planning, focusing on literature searching (using online materials), note-taking and formulating an argument
  • A comparison of essay writing to exam writing
  • The use of academic language, vocabulary and register, and its 'accuracy and appropriateness'
  • A new Companion Website providing additional activities, downloads and resources.

The authors focus on answering key questions you will face when preparing essays - What do tutors look for when marking my essay? What kind of skills do I need as I progress through my course? How can I avoid inadvertent plagiarism? What are the protocols for referencing?

Encapsulated in easy to digest summaries, this edition shows you how to approach different types of essay questions, addresses common worries, and provides extensive use of worked examples including complete essays which are fully analysed and discussed.

Visit the Companion Website at www.uk.sagepub.com/redman/ for a range of free support materials!

Good Essay Writing is highly recommended for anyone studying social sciences who wants to brush up on their essay writing skills and achieve excellent grades.

SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills website for tips, quizzes and videos on study success!

 
Introduction
 
What Is a Social Science Essay?
 
Stages of Writing, from Preparation to Final Version
 
Matching the Answer to the Question
 
Reading, Note-Taking and Literature Searches
 
Thinking Critically and Formulating an Argument
 
Writing Introductions
 
Writing the Main Section
 
Writing Conclusions
 
Referencing
 
Some Common Worries
 
What Tutors Look for When Marking Essays
 
Examples of Student Essays

Supplements

Good Essay Writing website
Visit the Good Essay Writing companion website for free online resources.
SAGE Study Skills website
Visit the SAGE Study Skills website for tips, quizzes and videos on study success!

An excellent resource for HE students on the study skills programme and the main Foundation Degree. This publication provides numerous examples for students to develop and progress in their essay writing, with clear guidance on planning, drafting, writing, referencing and acting on feedback. It also provides an informative chapter on 'What Tutors Look for When Marking Essays', although does also highlight to students that this is a 'broad indication of what may be expected'. A highly recommended resource on the reading list.

Miss Tracey Canham
Health Care and Early Years, Swindon College
October 25, 2016

This is a perfectly good book, but I have not adopted it because I was looking for a book that would cover both essay writing and would also consider aspects of research project writing (a big ask, I know). Also, my perception is that this book is aimed at pre-university students (although I realise it is written by OU lecturers).

Mr Mark Betteney
Education Department, Greenwich University
June 1, 2015

A good publication for students on the study skills programme, further supporting their planning and drafting of assignments.

Miss Tracey Canham
Health Care And Early Years, Swindon College
May 17, 2015

A very useful little book. I have adapted some of the exercises in suggested to fit the assignments we work with.

Ms Jacqueline Davies
Institute of Health Science, City University
April 28, 2015

Incredibly useful for social science class. Great break down of the points.
Great topics included as well

Miss Mary Frances Forry
Social Sciences, West College Scotland
March 25, 2015

An incredibly useful text for all my social science classes.

Miss Mary Frances Forry
Social Sciences, West College Scotland
March 2, 2015

A great book that I have recommended to social science students

Mrs Adele Creer
computing, Isle of Man College
June 19, 2014

A great guide to assist first year students with the basics of writing an essay. It assists students with understanding what an essay question is asking of them, how to critically think and formulate an argument, and how to structure an essay.

Mrs Stephanie Goodwin
marketing, public relations, communications, University of Central Lancashire
January 17, 2014

An excellent book which promotes a fantastic skill set suitable for those setting out in the study of social sciences. I certainly wish I had a copy of this when I was a student myself. The book itself provides excellent and practical tips for planning, structuring and fine tuning essays to a good standard. Whilst I will be unable to adopt this book on our course I will certainly recommend this to my learners or anyone writing in the academic study of social sciences.

Mr Andrew Thistle
Care Academy, Carshalton College
December 13, 2013

Although useful it did not address all the areas that I was loo9king for.

Many thanks anyway.

Neil Scott

Mr Neil Scott
Durham Business School, Durham University
May 14, 2013

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Good Essay Writing: What is a Social Science Essay?


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Peter Redman

Peter Redman has been teaching social science at The Open University for the last 25 years. During this time he has worked closely with numerous students helping them reflect on and improve their writing skills. He is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology. More About Author

Wendy Maples

Wendy Maples has been teaching in the Social Sciences for over 25 years. She has worked on a number of interdisciplinary courses for the Open University, writing course texts in Social Science research methods and Environment, as well as learning development materials for students and teaching development materials for lecturers. Dr Maples is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. More About Author

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