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Doing Your Undergraduate Social Science Dissertation Karen Smith, Malcolm Todd and Julia Waldman Do your final year social science students have to do a dissertation or final year project?


Do they have no idea where to start? If so, Doing Your Undergraduate Social Science Dissertation is the book for them, covering the whole dissertation journey from project planning to submission. Using a mixture of useful information, exercises, practical strategies, case study material and further reading, it helps them through the process, giving hints and tips on beginning and managing their research project and working with your, their supervisors. Packed with proven practical advice, it also identifies many other sources of information and resources, making it the most dependable starting point and guide on their dissertation journey. Also included are links to accompanying materials on the Routledge website. The authors have extensive experience in teaching at all levels in the social sciences, supervising social science undergraduates and dissertations. February 2009: 216x138: 192pp Hb: 978-0-415-46748-3: £65.00 Pb: 978-0-415-46749-0: £12.99 • Available as an Inspection copy

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Academic Writing A Handbook for International Students Stephen Bailey Ideal for overseas students studying at English-medium colleges and universities, this practical writing course enables international students to meet the required standard of writing and use an appropriate style for essays, exams and dissertations. Newly revised and updated to include extra exercises and material suggested by teachers and students, Academic Writing explains and demonstrates all the key writing skills and is ideal for use in the classroom or for independent study. 2006: 246x174: 272pp Hb: 978-0-415-38419-3: £75.00 Pb: 978-0-415-38420-9: £16.99 • Available as an Inspection copy

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Guide to Publishing a Scientific Paper

The Basics of English Usage

Ann M. Korner

Wynford Hicks Should I say “He is taller than I” or “He is taller than me?” Do you spell it “blond” or “blonde”?

Including guides to further reading and online resources, The Basics of English Usage is an indispensable survival guide for anyone wanting to improve their writing and communication. February 2009: 172x119: 192pp Pb: 978-0-415-47023-0: £9.99 • Available as an Inspection copy

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The book includes details of every step in the process that is required for the publication of a scientific paper. The advice provided conforms to the most up-to-date specifications and even the seasoned writer will learn how procedures have changed in recent years, in particular with regard to the electronic submission of manuscripts. The author has edited more than 7,500 manuscripts over the past twenty years and is, consequently, very familiar with all of the most common mistakes. Every scientist who is preparing to write a paper should read this book before embarking on the preparation of a manuscript. 2008: 216x138: 106pp Hb: 978-0-415-45265-6: £70.00 Pb: 978-0-415-45266-3: £10.99 • Available as an Inspection copy


If you’ve ever been stopped in your tracks by questions like these, then this book is for you. A complete pocket guide to the ins and outs of everyday English, The Basics of English Usage will tell you all you need to know about such topics as correct spelling, good grammar and style, punctuation and how to use it and problem words that everyone gets wrong.

Guide to Publishing a Scientific Paper provides researchers with all the information necessary to prepare, submit for publication, and revise a scientific paper.

The Basics of Essay Writing

Reading, writing and speaking

Nigel Warburton Nigel Warburton, bestselling author and experienced lecturer, provides all the guidance and advice you need to dramatically improve your essay-writing skills. The book opens with a discussion of why it is so important to write a good essay, and proceeds through a step-by-step exploration of exactly what you should consider to improve your essays and marks. You will find help on how to: • focus on answering the question asked • research and plan your essay • build and sustain an argument • improve your writing style and tone. The Basics of Essay Writing is packed full of good advice and practical exercises. Students of all ages and in every subject area will find it an easy-to-use and indispensable aid to their studies.

2007: 172x119: 128pp Pb: 978-0-415-43404-1: £8.99 • Available as an Inspection copy

Just Write An Easy-to-Use Guide to Writing at University Bill Kirton and Kathleen McMillan This is a basic, short guide that helps students make the transition to writing at college or university as simple as possible, providing them with the basic skills they need to write in an effective academic style. The authors draw on their own work to demystify the academic writing process that many students, in all disciplines, find daunting. By understanding exactly what obstacles students face when approaching writing at university they offer proven advice that is simple, uncomplicated and easily achievable. 2006: 216x138: 192pp Hb: 978-0-415-39677-6: £75.00 Pb: 978-0-415-39678-3: £9.99 • Available as an Inspection copy

Speaking for Yourself A Guide for Students

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Robert Barrass This guide enables students of all disciplines to express themselves more effectively, allowing their subject knowledge to shine through as well as promoting better communication and knowledge sharing between peers.

Basics? Key Guides? Companions? Study Guides?

2006: 216x138: 160pp Hb: 978-0-415-37856-7: £70.00 Pb: 978-0-415-37857-4: £16.99 • Available as an Inspection copy

3rd Edition

Students Must Write A Guide to Better Writing in Coursework and Examinations The definitive guide to help you write essays, reports and notes with clarity and style. Contents cover word choice, the use of tables and illustrations, computers as writing tools, and many other key skills.

2005: 216x138: 232pp Hb: 978-0-415-35825-5: £80.00 Pb: 978-0-415-35826-2: £16.99 • Available as an Inspection copy

The Good Grammar Guide Richard Palmer This book is for anyone who wants to improve his or her knowledge of grammar and punctuation. It is written by an author who thinks that learning grammar should be fun. Plenty of sound and meticulous advice is offered in this friendly, enthusiastic guide.

2003: 216x138: 224pp Pb: 978-0-415-31226-4: £15.99 • Available as an Inspection copy

Studying Using the Web

A Creativity Toolkit to Get Your Studies Out of a Rut

The Student’s Guide to Using the Ultimate Information Resource

Brian Clegg

Brian Clegg Are you stuck in a rut? Short of inspiration? Looking for a study guide that’s a break from the norm? This innovative book will give you the tools and techniques you need to work a bit of creative magic into every aspect of your studying. Clegg’s easy-to-read, entertaining book will show you:

• what the whole creativity business is about • why you need to bother with it • clever methods to stimulate your brain into action • how to come up with a mass of ideas at a moment’s notice. Mind stretches and mental workouts will enable you to take effective notes and to absorb and structure information in a way that can easily be recalled. 2007: 216x138:168pp Hb: 978-0-415-42814-9: £75.00 Pb: 978-0-415-42815-6: £14.99 • Available as an Inspection copy

Anyone can type a few keywords into a search engine. But that’s only the beginning. With Studying Using the Web you can find the right material, check its authenticity, transform it into your own original work and keep up-to-date on essential topics. The book is about how to find the right information, and making the most of it. 2006: 216x138: 176pp Hb: 978-0-415-40372-6: £80.00 Pb: 978-0-415-40374-0: £14.99 • Available as an Inspection copy

General Study skills

Reading, writing and speaking

Robert Barrass

Studying Creatively

Success with Languages Make the most of learning a new language with this comprehensive guide written by experienced language teachers. It offers crucial and practical advice, and features a number of exercises to help you assess the way you learn, improvements that can be made, and how to use resources effectively. 2005: 234x156: 256pp Hb: 978-0-415-36836-0: £80.00 Pb: 978-0-415-36837-7: £15.99 • Available as an Inspection copy

How to Get a First The Essential Guide to Academic Success

3rd Edition

Studying for Success Richard Palmer The third edition of this lively and stimulating book offers an enlightening new approach to effective study. Without minimising the importance of good organisation and hard work, the author stresses throughout that study must and can be fun.

2004: 216x138: 192pp Hb: 978-0-415-31732-0: £80.00 Pb: 978-0-415-31733-7: £16.99 • Available as an Inspection copy

Successful Writing for Qualitative Researchers Peter Woods It is always difficult to know how to write up research, and as academics and postgraduates alike come under increasing pressure to improve rates of publication a text like this one is essential reading for all researchers.

2004: 216x138: 256pp Pb: 978-0-415-33818-9: £14.99 • Available as an Inspection copy

A Guide to Effective Learning, Revision and Examination Techniques Robert Barrass Whatever subject you are studying, this book will help you achieve your aims by offering practical advice and useful techniques for successful study.

The book discusses all aspects of translating research into writing, including:


Thomas Dixon This concise, no-nonsense guidebook de-mystifies first-class degrees in the arts, humanities and social sciences by explaining how to develop excellent reading, thinking and writing skills.

2nd Edition

2002: 216x138: 232pp Pb: 978-0-415-26995-7: £15.99 • Available as an Inspection copy

• getting started and keeping going • putting into words what you want to say • ways of organizing your work • coping with problems, blockages and sustaining morale • style and format • editing your writing • writing alone and writing in a team • approaching problems and getting published. This book will be of use to students, researchers and writers concerned with getting their research written and having it published. 2005: 234x156: 200pp Hb: 978-0-415-35538-4: £80.00 Pb: 978-0-415-35539-1: £19.99 • Available as an Inspection copy

research skills

General Study skills

Stella Hurd and Linda Murphy

Your Research Project

The Researcher’s Toolkit

Using Research Instruments

Andy Hunt

The Complete Guide to Practitioner Research

A Guide for Researchers

Edited by David Wilkinson

Peter Birmingham and David Wilkinson

Covering everything from selecting and refining a research topic, time and project management to the actual report and the viva, this is the ideal guide for all final year undergraduates and students on Masters degrees.

5th Edition

The Research Project How to Write It Ralph Berry 2004: 216x138: 136pp Hb: 978-0-415-33444-0: £55.00 Pb: 978-0-415-33445-7: £12.99 • Available as an Inspection copy

This practical, jargon-free, user-friendly guide to the most appropriate use of research instruments provides ‘real’ examples used in actual projects by practitioners of social and educational research.

2000: 246x174: 160pp Pb: 978-0-415-21566-4: £20.99 • Available as an Inspection copy

2003:246x174: 144pp Pb: 978-0-415-27279-7: £20.99 • Available as an Inspection copy

The Student’s Guide to Preparing Dissertations and Theses Brian Allison and Phil Race When writing a dissertation or thesis, it is essential to produce a work that is well-structured and well-presented. Giving clear examples throughout, this book offers all the practical advice that students will need, when writing a dissertation or thesis. 2004: 216x138: 112pp Pb: 978-0-415-33486-0: £16.99 • Available as an Inspection copy

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research skills

2005: 216x138: 160pp Hb: 978-0-415-34407-4: £80.00 Pb: 978-0-415-34408-1: £16.99 • Available as an Inspection copy

Written by an experienced team of practising researchers, this practical text covers the entire research process from designing and submitting a research proposal through to its completion.

3rd Edition

Scientists Must Write A Guide to Better Writing for Scientists, Engineers and Students

Science and Technical

Robert Barrass Good writing and communication skills are essential in many areas of science and engineering, to help observation, thinking and remembering, to organize work and to avoid stress. Written by a scientist for scientists, this book is much more than a textbook of English grammar – it is a valuable source of information for all aspects of writing in scientific and technical situations. This popular guide will be of great use to undergraduates, postgraduates, professional scientists and engineers. 2002: 216x138: 224pp Pb: 978-0-415-26996-4: £17.99 • Available as an Inspection copy

Scientists Must Speak Bringing Presentations to Life D. Eric Walters and Gale C. Walters Having the ability to speak confidently; engage the audience; make a clear, well-argued case; and handle any tricky situations, is rarely a natural talent, and standing before an inquisitive audience or board can be a stressful experience. Scientists Must Speak helps readers do just that.

Critical Reading Making Sense of Research Papers in Life Sciences and Medicine Ben Yudkin Textbooks are designed to teach, explain and make c omplex information easily understood and assimilated. Research papers do the reader no such favours. Being able to understand and use primary research is an essential tool in any scientific career. This book teaches these valuable skills simply and clearly, saving hours in the long run. Using extracts from published Papers in Focus, this book imparts valuable know-how to students and researchers from any biomedical or biological discipline. The text is easily read and understood and the use of key points, summaries and reference reinforces good technique. 2006: 234x156: 144pp Hb: 978-0-415-34413-5: £75.00 Pb: 978-0-415-30322-4: £16.99 • Available as an Inspection copy

Success with Mathematics Heather Cooke Many students find the quantum intellectual leap between school and university maths to be too great, and some drop out as a result. This book has been written to counter this, by helping students cross the divide.

2002:216x138: 144pp Pb: 978-0-415-28028-0: £15.99 • Available as an Inspection copy

2002: 234x156: 192pp Hb: 978-0-415-29860-5: £80.00 Pb: 978-0-415-29861-2: £15.99 • Available as an Inspection copy

4th Edition

Punctuation Matters Advice on Punctuation for Scientific and Technical Writing John Kirkman Punctuation Matters gives straight answers to the queries raised most frequently by practitioners in computing, engineering, medicine and science as they grapple with day-to-day tasks in writing and editing. The advice it offers is based on John Kirkman’s long experience of providing courses on writing and editing in academic centres, large companies, research organisations and government departments in the UK, Europe and in USA. Sample material discussed in the book comes from real documents from computing, engineering and scientific contexts, giving the guidelines an immediately recognisable, ‘true to life’ relevance. The advice is down-to-earth and up-to-date. Punctuation Matters is the essential guide for everyone who has to write in scientific, technical and medical contexts, with clear explanations on punctuation, what it does and how to use it. 2006: 216x138: 160pp Hb: 978-0-415-39981-4: £75.00 Pb: 978-0-415-39982-1: £9.99 • Available as an Inspection copy

Getting a PhD An Action Plan to Help Manage Your Research, Your Supervisor and Your Project John Finn This highly practical guide provides information that will help research students avoid needless mistakes. It informs and advises you about many of the important facets of postgraduate research, including:

• the requirements for independence, contribution to knowledge, originality and suitability for publication • planning a research project over a period of time • responsible research practice • criteria used in the examination of a PhD. Getting a PhD is an essential handbook for PhD students and provides plenty of useful advice for Masters students or undergraduates conducting a research project.

English Law Gary Slapper, the Open University, UK and David Kelly, Staffordshire University, UK Whether you are engaged in the study of law, are considering studying law at university, are a business professional or generally want to find out more about the law, Slapper and Kelly’s English Law offers a clear, lively and reliable point of entry to the law in England and Wales. June 2009: 400pp Hb: 978-0-415-55091-8: £80.00 Pb: 978-0-415-49951-4: £25.99 eBook: 978-0-203-87378-6

2005: 216x138: 208pp Hb: 978-0-415-34497-5: £80.00 Pb: 978-0-415-34498-2: £16.99 • Available as an Inspection copy

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Life After A Practical Guide to Life After Your Degree Sally Longson

Life After… Art and Design 2006: 216x138: 192pp Pb: 978-0-415-37590-0: £10.99

life after series

Thousands of students graduate from university each year. The lucky few have the rest of their lives mapped out in perfect detail – but for most, things are not nearly so simple. Armed with your hard-earned degree the possibilities and career paths lying before you are limitless, and the number of choices you suddenly have to make can seem bewildering. This new series has been written to help students currently studying, or who have recently graduated, make informed choices about their future. Each book is specifically tailored to offer advice and wisdom to graduates of particular disciplines, covering such topics as:

Life After… Business and Administrative Studies 2006: 216x138:192pp Pb: 978-0-415-37591-7: £10.99

Life After… Engineering and the Built Environment 2006: 216x138: 216pp Pb: 978-0-415-37592-4: £10.99

Life After… Biological Sciences 2007: 216x138: 160pp Pb: 978-0-415-41249-0: £10.99

• Identifying a career path that interests you • Seeking out an opportunity that matches your skills and aspirations • Staying motivated and pursuing your goals • Networking and self-promotion • Making the transition from scholar to worker. The Life After University series of books are more than simple ‘career guides’. They are unique in taking a holistic approach to career advice - recognising the increasing view that, although a successful working life is vitally important, other factors can be just as essential to happiness and fulfilment. They are the indispensable handbooks for students considering their future direction. • All Available as an Inspection copy

Life After… Languages and Literature 2006: 216x138: 208pp Pb: 978-0-415-37593-1: £10.99

Life After… Social Studies 2007: 216x 138: 176pp Pb: 978-0-415-41247-6: £10.99

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