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Simone Broders

Academic Skills

An Introduction for English and American Studies

Verfügbarkeit: Auf Lager

Lieferzeit: 2-3 Tage

EAN/ISBN
9783838553313
1. 2020

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An introduction to academic skills which leaves nothing to be desired – designed for students of English and American Studies, this companion will guide you through research, presentation, quoting and style, as well as the composition of essays and term papers. Acquiring these competences will not only equip you for the expectations of university studies but will also enhance your communication skills and promote your ability to think critically and independently.
The book is rounded off by strategies for exam preparation and plenty of practice exercises complete with solutions.
  • CoverCover
  • Imprint4
  • Table of Contents5
  • Preface: How to Be Curious9
  • Chapter 1: Down the Rabbit Hole: Managing Your Studies15
  • Exercises20
  • Chapter 2: Finding a Topic23
  • 2.1 Phrasing Your Topic24
  • 2.2 Topic Development25
  • 2.3 Alternative Methods of Topic Development28
  • Exercises31
  • Chapter 3: Research33
  • 3.1 “Secondary Literature”33
  • 3.2 Library Catalogues34
  • 3.3 Bibliographies and Databases35
  • 3.4 Local Libraries38
  • 3.5 Using Search Engines and Websites in Academia39
  • 3.6 Checklist: Academic Internet Sources…42
  • 3.7 Are Online Sources ‘Less Acceptable’ Than Others?44
  • 3.8 What You Know – What You Should Know46
  • Exercises52
  • Chapter 4: Presentation55
  • 4.1 Your Audience: Example, “A Presentation Gone Wrong”56
  • 4.2 You61
  • 4.3 Your material65
  • Exercises68
  • Chapter 5: Writing Abstracts71
  • 5.1 Structure of an Abstract71
  • 5.2 Example74
  • Exercises76
  • Chapter 6: Academic Texts79
  • 6.1 Types of Academic Texts79
  • 6.2 Evaluating Academic Texts83
  • 6.3 Text Types in Student Writing85
  • Exercises98
  • Chapter 7: The Little Scriptorium101
  • 7.1 Table of Contents – the Skeleton of Your Paper102
  • 7.2 Introductions: “Interesting” Topic, but why?107
  • 7.3 Convincing Arguments115
  • 7.4 Conclusions in Which Something Is Concluded120
  • 7.5 Language and Style122
  • 7.6 Research Papers in Linguistics123
  • 7.7 Twelve Common Errors in Research Papers: How to Dig Your Own Grave125
  • Exercises136
  • Chapter 8: Single White Quotation Seeks Same139
  • 8.1 Formally Correct Citation139
  • 8.2 Documenting Sources in Literary and Cultural Studies143
  • 8.3 Documenting Sources in Linguistics146
  • 8.4 Using Quotations Efficiently147
  • Exercises150
  • Chapter 9: Preparing the Manuscript153
  • 9.1 Why Bother with Style Sheets?153
  • 9.2 MLA Style157
  • 9.3 Checklist: Formatting Guidelines at a Glance162
  • Exercises167
  • Chapter 10: Inventing Meatballs: Plagiarism169
  • 10.1 How to Invent Meatballs: Giving Credit172
  • 10.2 Strategies to Avoid Unintentional Plagiarism176
  • Exercises179
  • Chapter 11: Strategies for Exams181
  • 11.1 Types of Questions in Written Exams183
  • 11.2 Exams: DOs and DON’Ts186
  • 11.3 Strategies for Essay Questions189
  • 11.4 Sample Analysis191
  • 11.5 Oral Exams198
  • Exercises202
  • Chapter 12: Out of sight, Out of Mind? The Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback205
  • Appendix209
  • Solutions209
  • Glossary230
  • Reference Works243