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The Basics of Essay Writing

Handbook / Manual

By: Nigel Warburton

117 pages, no illustrations


Paperback | Dec 2007 | Edition: 2 | #185605 | ISBN-13: 9780415434041
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Hardback | Dec 2006 | #163595 | ISBN: 0415239990
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About this book

Essay writing is an essential skill for students' at all academic levels, and the ability to produce clear, well-argued essays is key to good coursework and the vast majority of written exams. This book offers the new or under-confident essay writer all the guidance and advice you need to dramatically improve your skills - and your grades. The book opens with a discussion of why it is so important to write a good essay, and proceeds through a step-by-step exploration of exactly what you need to think about in order to improve. You will find help on how to: focus on answering the question asked; research and plan your essay; build and sustain an argument; and improve your writing style and tone. Written in the author's accomplished, student-friendly style, this guide is packed full of good advice and practical exercises. Students of all ages and in every subject area will find it an easy-to-use and indispensable aid to their studies.

'I'll be tackling my next essay with Nigel Warburton's The Basics of Essay Writing in one hand and a pen in the other.' -- Higher Education Academy Network, UK


How to Use This Book 1. What's the Point? 2. Start Writing 3. Answer the Question 4. Research and Planning 5. Make a Case 6. Beginnings, Middles, Ends 7. Plagiarism, Quotation, Reference 8. The Craft of Writing 9. Exam Essays 10. How to Improve your Essay Writing. Acknowledgements. Further Reading

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Nigel Warburton is Senior Lecturer at The Open University and a bestselling author. His other books include Thinking from A to Z, third edition, Philosophy: The Basics, fourth edition, Philosophy: The Classics, third edition, Philosophy: The Essential Study Guide and The Art Question and Freedom, all published by Routledge.

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