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Further reading

  • Barrass, R. (1978) Scientists Must Write. London: Chapman and Hall.

    Much of chapters 4-10 is relevant to all writers of theses, not just scientists.
  • Cryer, P. (1996) The Research Student's Guide to Success. Buckingham: Open University Press.

    Useful for other aspects of thesis-writing as well.
  • Fox, L. (1992) Focus on Editing. New York: Longman.

    A workbook designed for nonnative speakers of English.
  • Lindsay, D. (1995) A Guide to Scientific Writing. 2nd Ed. Melbourne: Longman.

    Chapter 3. Good summary of what to aim for - and what to avoid - at the level of the sentence.
  • O'Connor, M. (1991) Writing Successfully in Science. London: Chapman and Hall.

    Written for science students preparing for publication, but again relevant to all writers of theses.
  • Strunk Jnr, W. and White, E.B. (1999) The Elements of Style. 4th Ed. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

    Perhaps the best-known guide.
  • Style Manual (1994) 5th Ed. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service.

    Standard Australian reference for style questions.
  • Swales, J. and Feak, C. (1994) Academic Writing for Graduate Students. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

    Information and exercises on typical graduate writing tasks. Especially useful for students who are non-native speakers of English.
  • Taylor, G. (1989) The Student's Writing Guide for the Arts and Social Sciences. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

    This is designed for students writing essays, but the detail and depth make much of it relevant to students undertaking theses.
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