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Supervised Theses + Essays + Writing Advice
Academic Essay Writing Checklist [RECOMMENDED]

Academic Essay Writing Checklist
Academic essay writing checklist [RECOMMENDED]
Here’s a checklist of all of the things you should check for when reviewing your polished essay.
Academic Essay Writing Self-Checklist
Academic Paper Format
Here is an example of what an academic paper typically looks like.
Academic Style Guidelines [RECOMMENDED]
Academic Writing Checklist
This is a checklist to help you organise and edit your essays and written work. Before you start writing your paper you will probably have discussed the title of your essay with your tutor. A title with a clear focus will make it easier for you to write a coherent, well developed essay. When you have written the first draft of your essay, you will need to ask yourself the following questions.
An example of an essay plan [RECOMMENDED]
APA Citation Guide: How to cite anything in APA format

APA Referencing guide
APA Referencing Style Guide
APA Referencing Style
APA Style: Common Examples [RECOMMENDED]
A typical structure for an academic essay [RECOMMENDED]
“Academic essays in English may take several forms. One typical structure is demonstrated in the diagram below. This structure includes the main point of the essay in the introduction. The supporting points (sub points or arguments) that you are making appear in the paragraphs. The number of these body paragraphs may vary depending on the length of your essay. Here we show only four. The conclusion more or less repeats the main idea from the introduction.”
Avoiding Plagiarism
Avoiding Plagiarism in Essays, Reports and Dissertations
Students will sometimes be asked to write a report, essay or dissertation as part of their assessed work. In order to do this, they will need to consult information from various sources, such as books, journals, magazines, and websites. Great care needs to be taken when using this information, so as to avoid being penalized for plagiarism.
Avoiding plagiarism [RECOMMENDED]
This study guide aims to help you to understand what plagiarism is in the context of academic work, and offers guidance on how to avoid it.
Beginning the Academic Essay
The writer of the academic essay aims to persuade readers of an idea based on evidence. The beginning of the essay is a crucial first step in this process. In order to engage readers and establish your authority, the beginning of your essay has to accomplish certain business. Your beginning should introduce the essay, focus it, and orient readers.
Checklist for an effective academic essay
Chicago Citation Style: Footnotes and Bibliography  [RECOMMENDED]
Chicago referencing style
Chicago Referencing Style
Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide
Notes and Bibliography: Sample Citations
Chicago Referencing Style –
How to reference a Website using the Chicago Manual of Style
Choosing Between Italics and Quotation Marks

Ending the Essay: Conclusions
The end of an essay should therefore convey a sense of completeness and closure as well as a sense of the lingering possibilities of the topic, its larger meaning, its implications: the final paragraph should close the discussion without closing it off.
What are the typical 'ingredients' of a conclusion?
Writing Effective Conclusions
A conclusion provides a thoughtful end to a piece of writing; unfortunately, many conclusions in college-level papers are little more than summaries of what has already been said.

Your conclusion is your chance to have the last word on the subject. The conclusion allows you to have the final say on the issues you have raised in your paper, to synthesize your thoughts, to demonstrate the importance of your ideas, and to propel your reader to a new view of the subject. It is also your opportunity to make a good final impression and to end on a positive note.
Critical Thinking [RECOMMENDED]
“An important aspect of critical thinking is the ability to evaluate the arguments and ideas presented by others, and to demonstrate this in how you present and analyse these ideas in your writing. Also important is your capacity to demonstrate a critical perspective in how you express your own ideas. “
Develop your essay writing [RECOMMENDED]
This guide looks at ways you can develop your essay writing practices
English Academic Essay Writing: A Brief Checklist
Essay Checklist  [RECOMMENDED]

Essay Checklist

Essay Structure [RECOMMENDED]
Writing an academic essay means fashioning a coherent set of ideas into an argument. Because essays are essentially linear—they offer one idea at a time—they must present their ideas in the order that makes most sense to a reader. Successfully structuring an essay means attending to a reader's logic.

Essay Writing – the Basics (RECOMMENDED)
Essay Writing
Example of an Academic Paper in Graduate School
Examples of Plagiarism [RECOMMENDED]
“The examples below demonstrate a few varieties of textual plagiarism, from verbatim copying to thorough paraphrasing. The comments that follow the examples offer guidance about how a source may be used and when a source must be cited.”

Examples of Plagiarism, and of Appropriate Use of Others’ Words and Ideas  [RECOMMENDED]
General Essay Writing Tips [RECOMMENDED]
Harvard citations [RECOMMENDED]

Harvard citation style: All examples

Harvard Referencing Style

HARVARD Reference Style Guide [RECOMMENDED]

How to Write a Thesis 
For B.A. and M.A. Students (and maybe Ph.D. students, too) 
by Charles Lipson
 University of Chicago
Indenting a Long Quotation
When including a long quotation in a paper, indent it as a "block" quotation instead of using quotation marks.
Introductions in Essays (Examples)
ITALICS - Using Italics
ITALICS - The Proper Use of Italics
ITALICS - Rules for using italics (and / or underlining)
Long quotations
Place direct quotations that are 40 words or longer in a free-standing block of typewritten lines and omit quotation marks. Start the quotation on a new line, indented 1/2 inch from the left margin, i.e., in the same place you would begin a new paragraph. Type the entire quotation on the new margin, and indent the first line of any subsequent paragraph within the quotation 1/2 inch from the new margin. Maintain double-spacing throughout. The parenthetical citation should come after the closing punctuation mark.
Jones's (1998) study found the following:
Students often had difficulty using APA style, especially when it was their first time citing sources. This difficulty could be attributed to the fact that many students failed to purchase a style manual or to ask their teacher for help. (p. 199)
MLA Citation Examples [RECOMMENDED]
MLA citation style
MLA citation style : Examples for essays and assignments [RECOMMENDED]

MLA Citation Style Examples

MLA citation style : Introduction
A guide to using the MLA referencing system for in-text citations and reference lists.
MLA Referencing / Documentation in Research Papers (2015-2016) [RECOMMENDED]
How to paraphrase a source
Principles of Paraphrasing
How to Avoid Inadvertent Plagiarism in Three Easy Modules
Paraphrase: Write It in Your Own Words
Paraphrasing is one way to use a text in your own writing without directly quoting source material. Anytime you are taking information from a source that is not your own, you need to specify where you got that information.
Plagiarism (Types of Plagiarism and How to Avoid it) - RECOMMENDED
Plagiarism - What it is and how to avoid it (plus examples of Plagiarism) - RECOMMENDED
REFERENCING - Which referencing style is the right one?
Some General Advice on Academic Essay-Writing
Understanding Essay Topics: A Checklist
Before you plunge into research or writing, think through the specific topic you are dealing with. Remember, you are not being asked just to collect facts, but to develop and display your powers of reasoning. You can save yourself time and frustration by beginning this reasoning early in the process.
Using Thesis Statements
When you are asked to write an essay that creates an argument, your reader will probably expect a clear statement of your position. Typically, this summary statement comes in the first paragraph of the essay, though there is no rigid rule about position. Here are some characteristics of good thesis statements, with samples of good and poor ones. Note that the better examples substitute specific argumentative points for sweeping general statements; they indicate a theoretical basis and promise substantial support.


PDF icon Sample Undergraduate Essay 1(サンプル エッセイ)- Sample 1 (Subject = History of International Politics)120.43 KB
PDF icon Sample Undergraduate Essay 2(サンプル エッセイ)- Sample 2 (Subject = History of International Politics)100.7 KB
PDF icon Sample Undergraduate Essay 3(サンプル エッセイ)- Sample 3 (Subject = History of International Politics)155.9 KB
PDF icon Sample Undergraduate Essay 4(サンプル エッセイ)- Sample 4 (Subject = Modern Korean History)107.08 KB
PDF icon Sample Undergraduate Essay 5(サンプル エッセイ)- Sample 5 (Subject = Major Global Issues and Challenges)200.06 KB
PDF icon Sample Undergraduate Essay 6(サンプル エッセイ)- Sample 6 (Subject = Major Global Issues and Challenges)101.45 KB
PDF icon Sample Undergraduate Essay 7(サンプル エッセイ)- Sample 7 (Subject = Major Global Issues and Challenges)162.16 KB
PDF icon Graduation Thesis Sample 1(過去の卒論 例1) - "Homegrown terrorism and the Muslim community in the UK" 「ホームグラウンテロリズム(英国のイスラム教徒に関して) 」1.17 MB
PDF icon Graduation Thesis Sample 2 (過去の卒論 例2)- "Afghanistan Peace Talks"「アフガニスタンの和平交渉」 1.47 MB
PDF icon Graduation Thesis Sample 3 (過去の卒論 例 3)- "Landmines in Cambodia"「カンボジアの地雷」 - Abstract (概要), 日本語概要, and Bibliography (参考図書) Only. 195.13 KB
PDF icon Graduation Thesis Sample 4 (過去の卒論 例 4)"Bosnian Refugees 「ボスニアの難民」"- Abstract (概要), 日本語概要, and Bibliography (参考図書) Only.182.44 KB
PDF icon Graduation Thesis Sample 5 (過去の卒論 例 5) - "Turkey and the European Union (EU)"986.23 KB
PDF icon Graduation Thesis Sample 6 (過去の卒論 例 6) - "Workers' Rights in Bangladesh"2.23 MB
PDF icon Graduation Thesis Sample 7 (過去の卒論 例 7) - "Racism in the USA -The Case of Ferguson"837.36 KB
PDF icon Graduation Thesis Sample 8 (過去の卒論 例 8) - "The 2014 Referendum on Scottish Independence (from the UK)"1.36 MB
PDF icon Graduation Thesis Sample 9 (過去の卒論 例 9)- China-South African Relations - Abstract (概要) Only.801.58 KB