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Postgraduate Students (Taught Programmes): Academic Writing

Dissertations, assignments and projects

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Based on the work of expert Stella Cottrell, international bestselling author of The Study Skills Handbook, this interactive resource will help you hone and develop your study skills at your own pace. Each module has been carefully designed so you can assess your current proficiency, track your progress, become more confident and get the most out of your course.

Please note that you will be required to log in to this resource using your BU login.

Academic Phrasebank

This resource from Manchester University draws on an approach to analysing academic texts originally pioneered by John Swales in the 1980s. It aims to provide you with examples of some of the phraseological ‘nuts and bolts’ of writing organised according to the main sections of a research paper or dissertation

Proof Reading and Editing your work

Library & Learning Support does not offer a proof-reading or checking service and so is unable to make corrections to your work or carry out editing on your behalf.

Paul Barnes can support students who do not have English as their first language. He is unable to proof read your work but is happy to read a short extract and comment on your grammar and spelling. He can be contacted by emailing pbarnes@bournemouth.ac.uk

You may be interested in the following online resources which include tips and advice on how to draft, edit and proof-read your own work -

Literature searching Study Skills Workshop

Use these tutorials to learn how to conduct a literature search and to develop your searching skills

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Planning and Conducting a Dissertation Research Project

This guide from Leicester University gives advice on how to devise a topic for your dissertation and then how to research and present your ideas.