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This Libguide provides a systematic guide to the different phases and activities of a master's or doctoral research project and introduces the researcher and research student to relevant Library sources, tools and services offered along the way.
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Books in the library

Find more books on scholarly writing by using search terms such as academic writing AND dissertations in SUNSearch or consult the reference shelf in the Research Commons.

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Finding your way in academic writing - Elizabeth Henning; Sarah Gravett; Wilhelm van Rensburg
Call Number: JS Gericke Library Lower Level (808.066 HEN ) and other locations
ISBN: 9780627025839
Publication Date: 2005
The authors of this South African publication describe it as "a book that takes you through the network of activities that surrounds academic writing." Attention is given, among others, to composing the introduction, paraphrasing, writing definitions, organising ideas at sentence level, writing functional paragraphs and developing an argument and an academic style.

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Doing your dissertation with Microsoft® Word - Jacques Raubenheimer
Call Number: JS Gericke Library Research Commons (RCOM 808.066378 RAU ) and other locations
ISBN: 0868868140
Publication Date: 2012
A comprehensive guide, written by a South African, to using Microsoft® Word for academic writing. It contains, among others, chapters on numbering, styles, tables of content, tables and charts.
Updated for Microsoft® Word 2007 & Microsoft Word® 2010

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Constructing a good dissertation : a practical guide to finishing a Master's, MBA or PhD on schedule - Eric Hofstee
Call Number: JS Gericke Library Reference Lower Level (R 808.02 HOF) and other locations
ISBN: 0958500711
Publication Date: 2006
A practical approach to writing good dissertations. The entire dissertation process is broken down into manageable pieces. While part one deals with foundations such as topics, thesis statements, proposals and supervisors, part two is about the actual writing - the introduction, literature review, method chapter, body and conclusion.

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Writing a Dissertation for Dummies - Carrie Winstanley
Call Number: JS Gericke Library Lower Level (808.066 WIN)
ISBN: 0470742704
Publication Date: 2012
This book covers all the practical and theoretical aspects of writing a dissertation and is ideal for students in the broad range of the social sciences. Chapter 13 focuses on writing effectively.

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Writing for Academic Success - Megan Poore; Gail Craswell
Call Number: JS Gericke Library Research Commons (RCOM 808.066 CRA)
ISBN: 9780857029270
Publication Date: 2012
This book not only discusses thesis writing, but also the writing of research essays, book and article reviews, online writing, the literature review and research proposals. Chapter 3 deals with the essentials of academic writing.

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The Handbook of Scholarly Writing and Publishing - Tonette S. Rocco; Timothy G. Hatcher;
Call Number: JS Gericke Library Lower Level (808.02 HAN)
ISBN: 0470393351
Publication Date: 2011
This book gives scholars from all disciplines a comprehensive review of all the elements needed to write scholarly papers. Although the focus is on journal articles, scholars working on their theses or dissertations will benefit from part 2 (Improving writing techniques) as well as from chapter 5 (Writing for publication during your doctorate) and chapter 6 (The process of transforming the dissertation or thesis into publication).

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Scientific writing skills - Amanda Lourens; Laetitia Feldtmann
Call Number: JS Gericke Library Reference Lower Level (R 808.0665 LOU ) and other locations
ISBN: 9781920109226
Publication Date: 2007
This publication by the SU Language Centre covers all the important aspects of writing a research project, including the formulation of problem statements and hypotheses, the typical structure and distinctive style of scientific writing and how to achieve coherence.


Electronic books

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Mastering Your PhD - Patricia Gosling; Bart Noordam
ISBN: 3642158463
Publication Date: 2006
Chapter 17: Writing Your Doctoral Thesis with Style

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How to Research - Loraine Blaxter; Christina Hughes; Malcolm Tight
ISBN: 0335211216
Publication Date: 2010
Chapter 10: Writing up
This chapter deals with how to progress your writing, how to argue, some tips on grammar and style and hints on how to deal with procrastination and some common panics.

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Writing up Qualitative Research - Harry F. Wolcott
ISBN: 9781412970112
Publication Date: 2008
A Sage Little Blue Book


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