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/
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 & Grammar. See also: Pinker. As Pinker’s 6th writing tip says, It’s all in the editing. That’s where I come in!
I wish to gratefully acknowledge the permission of Scott Clark at kindofsketchy.com * to use his brilliant grammar cartoons to lighten up this site a little.
* (I bought the T-shirt there)