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Writing for Academic Success

Writing for Academic Success

Second Edition
  • Gail Craswell - Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
  • Megan Poore - Australian National University, Australia
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December 2011 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Writing for Academic Success is a vital practical guide for any ambitious student. If you seek to manage your writing effectively, reduce stress, and improve your confidence and efficiency, this book is for you. The authors show you how to acquire communicative rigor in research essays, reports, book and article reviews, exam papers, research proposals, and literature reviews, through to thesis writing, posters and papers for presentation and publication.

This second edition has been fully revised to reflect the online learning explosion. The authors provide insightful new material about how to work productively in different online contexts such as with blogs and wikis, setting up an e-portfolio, and raising an online profile. They also set out a focused guide to issues unique to digital communication, and working with and across different media and technologies.

The book includes advice on common writing concerns, cross-cultural and inter-disciplinary practices, a list of helpful words and phrases, and subject-specific examples of writing ranging from economics to philosophy to medicine. Writing for Academic Success is essential for undergraduate and postgraduate students both in taught courses and conducting research.

Student Success is a series of essential guides for students of all levels. From how to think critically and write great essays to boosting your employability and managing your wellbeing, the Student Success series helps you study smarter and get the best from your time at university. 

Managing Your Writing Environment
Fundamentals of Solid Preparation
Essentials of Academic Writing
Principles of Sound Structure
Research Essays
Reports, Book or Article Reviews and Online Writing
Coursework Exams
The Literature Review
Reports and Research Proposals
Thesis Writing
Publishing and Raising Your Profile
Appendix 1: Words and Phrases for Developing Discussions


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'Gail Craswell has written an excellent book. Chapters are rich with detailed, step-by-step explanations that will be as useful to experienced writers as to students. Clear, specific advice with concise steps for succeeding at each kind of writing makes each chapter a valuable tool' - Design Research News

A very detailed and thorough guide covering all the major written assignment types. A must read for any student keen to improve their grades.

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, Petroc College
February 5, 2018

This text provides a systematic approach to creating an appropriate writing environment for university students. This entails preparation, managing tutorials and an overview of core types of academic writing. There are a comprehensive range of different academic writing styles and conventions that are broken down into key points, examples and exercises. This is an invaluable resource for students who are seeking to progress and improve their understanding and engagement with academic writing.

Ms Lorraine Loveland-Armour
Department of Education, Newman University
March 11, 2017

Good, informative book with great tips for academic writing.

Miss Julie Anderson
Health , Tyne Metropolitan College
July 29, 2016

index of the book is recommended to understand main knowledge about writing for academic success. Well prepared.

Dr Behic Alp Aytekin
Communications , Adnan Menderes Universitesi
April 4, 2016

This is an informative book which I feel works through academic writing in a logical order. I particularly like the key points within each chapter.

Mrs Adele Nightingale
Faculty of Health (Liverpool), Edge Hill University
April 16, 2015

Very useful for undergraduates

Mrs Jo Albin-Clark
Faculty of Education (Ormskirk), Edge Hill Univ.
July 8, 2014

This book goes beyond practical advice on how to manage the writing environment and improve the structure and style of writing across multiple forms of assessment. The chapters on dissertation management and writing, presentations and publishing extend the basic academic skills to enhance academic engagement. This will be relevant for postgraduate students.

Dr Emily Glorney
Department of Psychology, Surrey University
May 29, 2014

A really well-structured book with great content and explanations. The key points highlight the 'take-aways' for the reader very well.

Mr David Biggins
The Business School, Bournemouth Univ.
April 22, 2014

A recommended book for those who need help with academic writing

Ms Louise Lawson
Dept of Nursing & Midwifery, Hertfordshire University
March 21, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1