A Short Guide to Writing a Thesis (PDF)
Gerald O’Collins was born in St Kilda, Melbourne and graduated at Melbourne University. He has taught theology for 33 years at the Gregorian University in Rome. Gerry, as he is called, is well known as a speaker and lecturer around the world and has published hundreds of articles and 56 books. These books include Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press), Jesus: A Portrait (Darton Longman and Todd). In 2006 he was created a Companion of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC), and in June 2010 awarded an honorary doctorate by the Australian Catholic University (ACU). He is at present an adjunct professor at ACU and is based in Melbourne.
This book will help students in choosing a topic for their thesis that they can investigate and turn into a short paper or a long dissertation. The book looks at questions like the following. What should feed into their choice of a supervisor? How should they compile and organise their bibliography and set about writing the introduction? What are some tips for writing paragraphs and entire chapters and producing conclusions? What are ways of providing references, using helpful (or at least correct) punctuation, avoiding common mistakes in spelling, and improving their level of writing? When difficulties arise—for instance, with their supervisor—how might they cope with and resolve such difficulties? This book is a guide. It aims to offer straightforward suggestions about doing research, putting the results into a convincing form, and dealing with difficulties that inevitably arise. The overall objective of this book is to provide students and their supervisors with some down-to-earth proposals about things to do and things to avoid when preparing and producing a long essay or a thesis. This book is the result of many years of teaching and supervising students.
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