Essay Writing for Students, 3rd Edition

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Essay Writing for Students, 3rd Edition

By John Clanchy, Brigid Ballard
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Essay Writing for Students, now in its 3rd edition, has preserved the original serious, yet practical approach to academic writing.

Particular attention is paid to the central tasks of analysing a topic, reading, researching, planning, drafting and editing the final version of an essay or report.

This book has proved invaluable to students at university and TAFE level, for final year secondary school students preparing for tertiary study and for all the staff who teach them.


John Clanchy and Brigid Ballard have taught in secondary schools, universities and teachers' colleges. They have been members of curriculum committees and examining bodies, and have an intimate knowledge of what is required at each level of study in these institutions.



  • A chapter on the use of the Internet for essay and assignment research
  • Sensible advice on word processing - its advantages and disadvantages
  • Chapters on book reviews, lab reports and fieldwork reports to make the book as relevant to Science students as it is to Social Science and Humanities students
  • Numerous examples and exercises to provide practice in note-taking, essay planning, reading and editing strategies
  • Appendices which provide further practice and examples.
Table of contents
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • 1.       Clearing the ground
  • 2.       Choosing your essay topic
  • 3.       Reading for your essay
  • 4.       Note-taking for essay writing
  • 5.       Searching the Web
  • 6.       Analysing and planning
  • 7.       Drafting and redrafting
  • 8.       Editing
  • 9.       Assessment and follow-up
  • 10.     Writing reviews and reports
  • 11.     Exam essays
  • Appendices