How to Write a Thesis

Author(s): Rowena Murray


"This book has become a trusted resource for students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds. Not only does it take you through the steps and stages of thesis writing, but more importantly, it offers rich advice and support that helps build confidence, sets up effective writing habits and generates a positive orientation towards the complex task of thesis writing". (Professor Sarah Moore, Associate Vice President Academic, University of Limerick, Ireland). "I've found Rowena's shrewd and insightful suggestions for writing helpful, not only for others but also for me". (Peter Elbow, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA). Providing down-to-earth guidance to help students shape their theses, Rowena Murray offers valuable advice and practical tips and techniques. Useful summaries and checklists help students to stay on track or regain their way. Moving beyond the basics of thesis writing, the book introduces practical writing techniques such as freewriting, generative writing and binge writing. Issues such as working out the criteria for your thesis, writer's block, writing a literature review and making notes into a draft are also covered. The following are new to this edition: New introduction by students - 'How I used this book'; Update on doctoral skills set and Training Needs Analysis; Extended treatment of plagiarism - and how to avoid it; Expanded section on students' well-being; and, Learning outcomes for each chapter.

Product Information

Rowena Murray is Reader in the School of Applied Social Sciences at Strathclyde University, UK, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Higher Education Academy and Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia.

Introduction: How to write 1000 words an hour T
hinking about writing a thesis
Starting to write
Seeking structure
The first milestone
Becoming a serial writer
Creating closure
Fear and loathing: revising
It is never too late to start
The last 385 yards
After the thesis examination: more writing?

General Fields

  • : 9780335244287
  • : McGraw-Hill Education
  • : Open University Press
  • : 0.392
  • : January 2011
  • : 231mm X 152mm X 24mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : July 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Rowena Murray
  • : Paperback
  • : 3rd Revised edition
  • : English
  • : 808.066
  • : 384