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The Library: Writing Essays

Writing Essays

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An essay is a focused piece of writing that puts forward the author's argument. Through essay writing, you will learn to express yourself in a more logical way, and through practice your vocabulary will improve and you will begin to write more clearly, objectively and persuasively.

On this page, we've put together some resources to help you write the best essay you can.

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Brilliant Writing Tips for Students

With tips on punctuation, style, grammar and essay structure, this handy guide provides succinct and practical guidance on students' most common areas of concern in their written work.

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Critical Thinking Skills

Ideal for students who are mystified by lecturer comments such as 'more analysis needed', this title takes the art of analysis and breaks it down into easy-to-understand blocks, with clear explanations, good examples, and plenty of activities to develop understanding at each stage.

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Critical Thinking Skills:effective analysis, argument and reflection

Clear explanations, relevant examples and plenty of exercises throughout, this book helps students to develop their analytical reasoning skills and apply them to a range of tasks including reading, note-making and writing.

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Doing Essays and Assignments

Giving students an insider's view of what lecturers and professors are looking for when they set essays and assignments, this text provides practical and effective guidance on how to write successful essays and other written assignments.

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Essay Writing Skills

Essay Writing Skills will help you to excel in your A-level or University written work. It includes winning strategies for researching, planning and structuring your essays and invaluable advice on improving your first draft.

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Essays and Dissertations

Aimed at all adult students, this text is an accessible and lively guide to preparing and writing essays and dissertations, from choosing an appropriate title to preparing a conclusion.

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