From first steps to final submission, this accessible guide takes students through each stage of the assignment-writing process and equips them with the skills they need to construct and develop convincing academic arguments.
Concise and compact, it offers practical advice on forming ideas, structuring arguments and finding your academic voice. The authors, both of whom are experienced in working directly with students, also provide valuable guidance on a number of important subtleties in academic writing, including expressing reservations or enthusiasm in academic writing and using evidence to convey different viewpoints.
Applicable to different types of assignment, this is an essential resource for all undergraduates and postgraduates who are looking to communicate their arguments effectively and improve the quality of their academic writing.
About the Author
Helen Cooper is a Writing Skills Advisor at the University of Birmingham, UK. Michael Shoolbred is a Learning Skills Advisor at the University of Birmingham, UK.
Table of Contents
Introduction.- PART I: GETTING STARTED.- 1. Stages of the Task.- 2. What's the Task?.- PART II: PUTTING IDEAS TOGETHER.- 3. Finding Out.- 4. Developing Your Ideas.- 5. What is Evidence?.- 6. Forming Your Argument.- PART III: BUILDING YOUR ARGUMENT.- 7. Structuring an Argument.- 8. Using Paragraphs.- 9. Making the Argument Flow.- 10. Beginnings and Endings.- PART IV: SHOWING YOUR ARGUMENT.- 11. Presenting Evidence.- 12. Communicating with the Reader.- 13. Finding your Academic Voice.- PART V: FINALISING YOUR ARGUMENT.