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Geography: Writing Up

Word 2013: Creating Long Documents

Writing research essays

Essay writing resources: web sites


Resource freely available on web  

Guide to everything you wanted to know about writing undergraduate essays. Created by the Royal Literary Fund.

Resource freely available on web

Writing skills support for dissertation writers and thesis writers. It’s not a conventional how-to guide, but rather provides a variety of voices. Created by the Royal Literary Fund.


Resource freely available on web

Useful website: Writing in Science, from Monash University



Writing Up: long documents and dissertations

Writing a long, formal document such as a dissertation requires more care and greater preparation than writing short ones such as essays. As dissertation documents are used for assessment, there are often strict formatting requirements and layout instructions.

Essay writing resources: books



Matthews, J.R. & Matthews, R.W. (2008).

Successful scientific writing: A step-by-step guide for the biological and medical sciences. 3rd ed. Ebook



Soles, D. (2005).

The academic essay : how to plan, draft, revise and write essays. 2nd ed.


Greetham, B. (2008).

How to write better essays. 3rd ed.


Clanchy, J. & Ballard, B. (1998).

How to write essays: A practical guide for students. 3rd ed.

Pechenik. Jan A. (2016).

A short guide to writing about biology. 9th ed.




Godwin, Janet (2009).

Planning your essay.