The Good Paper
THE GOOD PAPER is a handbook for students in higher education programmes who are writing BA dissertations, masters theses, project reports, research papers or other essays.
If you would like to learn more about the fundamentals of paper-writing, then use the guiding principles set forth in THE GOOD PAPER:
- What are you asking? The paper s research question (formulation of the problem)
- Why are you asking it? The purpose/aim of the paper - e.g., its use
- Where do you find your answer? The empirical basis, material, data, phenomena behind the paper
- What do you use to get the answer? The tools of the paper: Philosophy of science, theory, concepts, methods
- How are you asking the question? The paper s procedure, approach
Learn more about
- quality criteria
- structure and elements
- using theory of knowledge
- information searches and referencing
- academic writing
- writing processes
before you go to a supervisor or the library. And before you submit your article!
THE GOOD PAPER, now in its 5th edition, has been continuously revised and updated since 1997. It was written by experts on academic writing, study skills, information searches, and philosophy of science. It is filled with examples from good papers and has question sheets with activities to help you on your way toward writing a good paper. All the question sheets and activities may be downloaded from samfundslitteratur.dk/tgp.
"A brief scan of the contents list immediately marks this book out as quite different from most Study Skills books available from UK publishers. It is refreshing to see the detail and depth of analysis that is included. There is an intellectual rigour that you rarely see in books aimed at undergraduate students. Notions of argumentation, rhetoric, and metacommunication are introduced and explored. (...) The result is a book I would happily recommend to staff and students."
- Cathy Malone, Journal of Pedagogic Development, Centre for Learning Excellence
NB: For en mere udførlig indholdsfortegnelse, vælg 'Kig i bogen' herover.
FOREWORD TO THE ENGLISH EDITION 17
READER S GUIDE 19
1. GOOD PAPERS IN HIGHER EDUCATION GENRES AND QUALITY CRITERIA 21
2. WRITING PROCESSES OF RESEARCH PAPERS 67
3. SMALLER HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS, ONE-WEEK ASSIGNMENTS, SET EXAMS ESSAYS 95
4. FORMULATING A RESEARCH QUESTION FROM TOPIC TO FOCUS AND QUESTION 109
5. LITERATURE AND INFORMATION SEARCH FOR YOUR PAPER 145
By Lotte Thing Rasmussen, Kirstin Remvig and Charlotte Wien
6. READING AND TAKING NOTES FOR YOUR PAPER 171
7. PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE IN THE PAPER 183
By Vanessa Sonne-Ragans
8. SOURCES IN YOUR PAPER 219
9. DATA IN THE PAPER 255
10. THEORY, CONCEPTS, METHODS AND RESEARCH DESIGN (= THE METHOD OF YOUR RESEARCH) 269
11. THE PAPER S STRUCTURE AND ELEMENTS 299
12. THE PAPER S ARGUMENTATION 347
13. CLEAR AND ACADEMIC LANGUAGE 367
14. SUPERVISON, INDEPENDENCE AND OWNERSHIP 399
15. RECOMMENDED LITERATURE FOR WRITING PAPERS AND ON STUDY SKILLS 413
ABOUT THE AUTHORS 429
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