Some links which you may find useful

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     Various suggestions for possible steps in writing a thesis – take your pick: Suggestions

 

     Common style guides: http://www.docstyles.com

 

     Some useful general guidelines on thesis writing from two American universities: http://writingcenter.unc.edu/ and http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu

 

     Good advice from Times Higher Education, U.K.: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/

 

     Supportive article by a doctoral candidate:  Ph.D. Loneliness

 

     Auckland University policy on using professional editors:  Auckland Editing Policy. And for Victoria University of Wellington:  VUW Editing Policy

 

     Procrastination – the curse of thesis (indeed all) writers:  http://20px.com/blog/

and Research on avoiding procrastination

 

     Tips on how to write painlessly and productively:  Easier Writing

 

     About the great Charles Darwin’s special genius at presenting and defending his ideas, and what it teaches us about the art of dealing with criticism:  Darwin’s technique for pre-empting criticism

 

      Basic grammar rules:  Grammar (but note that this refers to the American way of using words such as Capitalize and Pluralize; that is standard in Microsoft Word, but the useage in British English is generally “ise” in such words)

 

     Top 5 Most Frustrating Writing Mistakes (& How to Avoid Them):  Writing Mistakes  (Also explore the “Next” button on this very useful “Grammarly” blog)

 

     A good Time article about grammar “rules” and elegant writing, based on an excellent recent book by famous psycholinguist Steven Pinker, The Sense of Style: the Thinking Person’s Guide to writing in the 21st Century:  Style & GrammarSee also:  Pinker.  As Pinker’s 6th writing tip says, It’s all in the editing. That’s where I come in!

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