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How to Write a Better Thesis Paperback – March 1, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0522861266 ISBN-10: 0522861261 Edition: Third Edition, Third edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing; Third Edition, Third edition edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0522861261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0522861266
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,502,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is well worth reading for people writing up research, not only those writing a thesis. The truth is in there!"  — Neile A. Kirk, author, Dhumbadji! on the previous edition

About the Author

David Evans is a former senior associate of the faculty of architecture, building, and planning at the University of Melbourne and the coeditor of Restoring the Land. Paul Gruba is a lecturer in communication skills at the Center for Communication Skills and English as a Second Language at the University of Melbourne. Justin Zobel is a professor in the department of computing and information systems at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of Writing for Computer Science.


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I read it about a month ago.
Ranerio F. M. Vieira
This is good book, with worthwhile ideas about starting, re-working, growing, arranging and finishing a thesis to be proud of for a long time.
Dave English
The book is a useful reading material for any research student!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Graeme C. Simsion on March 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
Over the four years I spent working on my PhD, I must have read hundreds of papers and substantial parts of many books. In terms of the quality of the finished thesis, this little book was probably the most important. Lots of good, practical advice, even for an experienced writer: schedule a full re-read before giving it to the supervisor for review (they'll add more value if they're not fixing things you could fix yourself); re-write the introduction every six weeks; advice on how examiners read theses (and hence where to put the extra effort). The section on writing the conclusions was a big help in getting the job finished. The section devoted to effective use of word processors is probably redundant for most of us: but there are enough nuggets in the rest of the book to more than compensate. My only regret is that I didn't purchase it at the beginning instead of half-way through when a fellow student recommended it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tom McBride on February 27, 2005
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Many research students have laboured to produce their thesis not knowing quite what was expected of them. This small, clear, concise book steps the student through each section of the thesis. It explains why students should start writing almost straight away and that the old style of doing all the work then writing it all up is a hangover from pre-word processor days. It explains why the introduction is important and what should be in it. Same for the section on research method. In short, it explains what is required of your thesis over and above the obligation to describe your research.

It also settles the research student's doubts about the merits of their work by explaining what is expected of it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kylie Thaler on April 15, 2009
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I bought this book before starting my thesis, and I am REALLY glad I did! I have become a whiz with microsoft word- it has saved me heaps of time with formatting. Every time I got stuck with my work this book helped me get back on track, and now I'm in the final stages I have it next to me constantly with post-its hanging out of every side! The ESSENTIAL companion for anyone writing a thesis!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dave English VINE VOICE on June 3, 2008
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This is good book, with worthwhile ideas about starting, re-working, growing, arranging and finishing a thesis to be proud of for a long time. The best parts deal with understanding the overall structure of the thesis, and the relationship between the words and the work over time. But then there are seemingly superficial parts that any graduate student would know (use a spell checker) or that are dated (floppy disc, zip disc).

Glad I read this consise book. But really glad I read it at the library and so saved my money for more comprehensive tomes about surviving and thriving grad school.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ranerio F. M. Vieira on April 18, 2008
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I have not started my PhD yet, but my supervisor advised me to read this book. I read it about a month ago.

It is a nice book, with many practical tips and gives the reader an excellent insight of what is expected from a thesis, how you should make the research process and at the writing altogether.

It is easy to read, simple language and quite pleasant, even.
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