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Handling the writing conventions

Getting a handle on the accepted conventions of academic writing in your discipline can be one of the most difficult things about completing your thesis. Your supervisors and examiners have been involved in researching and writing in your field for years, and over time have built up an extensive understanding of what the acceptable writing norms and conventions are in your discipline. One of the best ways to learn more about what the accepted conventions are in your area is to read extensively. Fortunately for you, writing a thesis involves a great deal of reading.

When you read, pay particular attention to how respected authors establish their presence in the text and how they integrate quotations. Also, note whether or not your discipline has any particular style standards.

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