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Writing for Academic Success

Writing for Academic Success

Second Edition
  • Gail Craswell - Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
  • Megan Poore - Australian National University, Australia
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December 2011 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Writing for Academic Success is a vital practical guide for any graduate student. If you seek to manage your writing effectively, reduce stress, and improve your confidence and efficiency, this book is for you. The authors show you how to acquire communicative rigor in research essays, reports, book and article reviews, exam papers, research proposals, and literature reviews, through to thesis writing, posters and papers for presentation and publication.

This Second Edition has been fully revised to reflect the online learning explosion. The authors provide insightful new material about how to work productively in different online contexts such as with blogs and wikis, setting up an e-portfolio, and raising an online profile. They also set out a focused guide to issues unique to digital communication, and working with and across different media and technologies.

The book includes advice on common writing concerns, cross-cultural and inter-disciplinary practices, a list of helpful words and phrases, and subject-specific examples of writing ranging from economics to philosophy to medicine. Writing for Academic Success is essential for graduate students both in taught courses and conducting research, and is also very useful for upper-level undergraduates.


Managing Your Writing Environment
Fundamentals of Solid Preparation
Essentials of Academic Writing
Principles of Sound Structure
Research Essays
Reports, Book or Article Reviews and Online Writing
Coursework Exams
The Literature Review
Reports and Research Proposals
Thesis Writing
Publishing and Raising Your Profile
Appendix 1: Words and Phrases for Developing Discussions


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This is one of the books which will be recommended for our 2nd and 3rd years UG students in preparation for their dissertations.

Dr Kamil Zwolski
Dept of Politics & Int'l Relations, Southampton University
July 26, 2013

This text will be used to support students who are lacking in confidence with their academic writing and those that require extra guidance from Learning Mentors.

Miss Rebecca Matthews
Education , St Mary's College
July 22, 2013

This textbook is particularly important for first and second year students. However, some 3rd year student also found it beneficial as a review book when writing their dissertation.

Miss Hema Ramnanan
Dept of Health,Wellbeing & the family, Canterbury Christ Church University
July 11, 2013

Case studies will be particularly useful for learners to embed their skills.

VOCATIONAL H.E., Warrington Collegiate
June 15, 2013

A useful check for any student and a very useful guide for those who find academic writing more challenging.

Mr Neil Rutledge
Education (Carlisle), University of Cumbria
April 17, 2013

good and adopted

Mr Philip Ashwell
Health Science and social work, university of portsmouth
March 5, 2013

the book is ok, but a bit general and thin on content. would not recommend as an essential book but students may view it as an option. we may order it for the library.

Mrs Anya Valerie Nikulina
Institute of Business Education and Educational Management, University of St. Gallen
February 14, 2013

excellent book which supports both students and novice researchers well worth reading.

Ms Mary Scott
Dept Health & So, Glasgow Caledonian University
February 13, 2013

This text is extremely useful especially for students who are new to higher education and need to develop their academic writing skills

Mr Andrew Southgate
Adult Nursing Department, Canterbury Christ Church University
December 17, 2012

well structured, easy to read and relevant to formative and summative asssessments. Particular like the chapter on writing for research projects. This is relevant to the 15 students I teach on the 'Adult Social Work Elective' module.

Mr Matthew Quaife
Social Work , Middlesex University
December 11, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Gail Craswell

Megan Poore

Megan Poore is the PhD Academic and Research Skills Advisor at the ANU’s Crawford School of Public Policy. She is known for her best practice approaches to integrating digital technologies into both university and school settings, and this includes developing strong digital pedagogies as well as sound approaches to risk management. She has also held the position of Assistant Professor in Teacher Education at the University of Canberra, and has worked as an educational designer at the Australian Catholic University, giving her a unique understanding of the issues that confront students and teachers in the integration of digital technologies... More About Author