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Writing successful reports and dissertations

Writing successful reports and dissertations

Becker, Lucinda M., 1963- author

If you're struggling with writing your dissertation, or need to write up a practical report as part of your placement, discover how to craft your writing into a well-written project. Using the 'six Ps' - pondering, preparing, planning, pausing, producing and polishing - you'll learn how to produce a persuasive piece of writing, whatever you're studying

Book. English.
Published Los Angeles: SAGE, 2014

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Statement of responsibility: Lucinda Becker
ISBN: 1446298264, 1446298272, 9781446298268, 9781446298275
Intended audience: Specialized.
Physical Description: 208 pages.
Series: SAGE study skills
Subject: Literature.; Report writing.; Dissertations, Academic.
Series Title: SAGE study skills.


  1. Introduction
  2. Part I: Pondering
  3. Why a Dissertation?
  4. What Is Distinctive about a Dissertation?
  5. What Are Research Questions?
  6. What Makes a Good Dissertation?
  7. When and Why Would I Write a Report?
  8. What Is Distinctive about a Report?
  9. Should I Be Asking Research Questions in a Report?
  10. Part II: Preparing
  11. Devising a Strategy
  12. Gathering Material
  13. Finding Your Voice
  14. Part III: Planning
  15. Are You a Natural Planner?
  16. A Planning Strategy
  17. Your First Step
  18. Four Planning Methods
  19. Part IV: Pausing
  20. Negative Pauses
  21. Necessary Pauses
  22. Positive Pauses
  23. Part V: Producing
  24. Words
  25. Phrases
  26. Sentences
  27. Paragraphs
  28. Sections and Chapters
  29. Part VI: Polishing
  30. Increasing Impact
  31. Checking your Document
  32. Now Take Your Fingers off the Keyboard


In my final year, facing not only report writing but also a dissertation, this guide helped me hugely. The clear and organised structure meant it was easy to re-evaluate certain sections of my work and its approachable style of writing made it particularly accessible to read and concentrate on. 
Georgina Belcher, Student, University of Reading||Writing Successful Reports and Dissertations' is a refreshingly pragmatic book packed with examples spanning a range of disciplines and contexts that will appeal to both students and professionals alike. The book is comprehensive, well-paced and systematic in its coverage of the different stages to writing. It is a must-read for anyone undertaking report or dissertation writing for the first time, or indeed for more experienced readers who would like to enhance their existing writing skills.

Anne Crook, Centre for Quality Support and Development, University of Reading