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HOW TO WRITING THESIS,DISSERTATION,AND RELATED

TIPS ON THESIS,DISSERTATION,AND RELATED WRITING
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Revised January 2005
Over the course of a number of years,it has become apparent that efforts by students in thesis,dissertation,and related writing are made more painful than necessary because of poor planning and organization.This painThesis is provided by UK thesis base http://ukthesiss.com/ felt by the student,the advisor,and others who review the writing.With this in mind the following assistance is provided.By following these
recommendations the writing process should become more palatable to all involved.In addition,
it should improve writing quality.
Things to Remember
-Quality,not quantity is the objective.
-Scientific writing eliminates personal style;scientific writing should all be the same.“Save
your unique and creative personal writing style for your next novel.”(Zale)
-The best writing cannot mask a poorly designed,executed,or analyzed study.
-“He got a great name,among the weak-witted,especially by reason of obscurity of his
language,for fools admire and love such things as are wrapt in dubious phrase.”(Lucretius
2060 BP)
-“An honest tale speeds best being plainly told.”(Shakespeare)
-“If you want to make a reviewer(or advisor)angry do not organize,do not follow the correct format,do not edit,do not number pages,and do not pay attention to detail.”(Scalet)
-“The use of language is all we have to pit against death and silence.”(Oates)
-In other words,write plainly and concisely.There is no reason to say in 25 words what you can say succinctly in 10.There is no reason to put the subject at the end of a sentence.There is no reason for obtuse sentence structure.“Every sentence must be drafted carefully,then revised,prodded,expanded,slashed,kicked,worried over,and polished until it is a thing of impeccable beauty–and even then it should always be subject to further manipulation.”
(Sindermann)
-Do not burden a reviewer with mechanical writing errors.Mechanics are your responsibility, others should not have to edit your carelessness.
-Remember that verb tense in your thesis,dissertation,or other scientific writing falls into twogeneral categories.If it is an existing condition or common knowledge,it is in the present tense(e.g.,The largemouth bass is a centrarchid.).If it refers to work you(this includes data
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1e paper you are writing)or someone else has done,it is in the past tense(e.g.,Jones
(1982)found largemouth bass in three areas.).
-A“first draft”does not represent the first time you have written something.It represents the first time you believe the material is ready for someone else to read and critically review.



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