References and Further Reading 

American Medical Association Manual of Style Online: A Guide for Authors and Editors, 10th edn. (2014). The American Medical Association. Available at:

Blackburn, B., & Holford-Strevens, L. (1999). The Oxford Companion to the Year: An Exploration of Calendar Customs and Time-Reckoning. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Butcher, J., Drake, C., & Leach, M. (2006). Butcher’s Copy-Editing: The Cambridge Handbook for Editors, Copy-Editors and Proofreaders, 4th edn. E-book version. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Cheney, C.R. (2000). A Handbook of Dates for Students of British History, revised by M. Jones. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edn. (2003). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Dunleavy, P. (2003). Authoring a PhD: How To Plan, Draft, Write and Finish a Doctoral Thesis or Dissertation. Kindle version. Hound Mills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

Joyner, R.L., Rouse, W.A., & Glatthorn, A.A. (2013). Writing the Winning Thesis or Dissertation: A Step-by-Step Guide. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Kopka, H., & Daly, P.W. (2003). Guide to LaTeX, 4th edn. Boston, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing.

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Lipson, C. (2011). Cite Right: A Quick Guide to Citation Styles – MLA, APA, Chicago, the Sciences, Professions, and More. Kindle version. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

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Modern Language Association Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, 3rd edn. (2008). New York, NY: Modern Language Association.

Monmonier, M. (1993). Mapping It Out: Expository Cartography for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Murray, R. (2011). How To Write a Thesis, 3rd edn. Maidenhead, Berkshire: Open University Press.

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This article is part of a book called "PhD Success" which focuses on the writing process of a phd thesis, with its aim being to provide sound practices and principles for reporting and formatting in text the methods, results and discussion of even the most innovative and unique research in ways that are clear, correct, professional and persuasive.

The assumption of the book is that the doctoral candidate reading it is both eager to write and more than capable of doing so, but nonetheless requires information and guidance on exactly what he or she should be writing and how best to approach the task. The basic components of a doctoral thesis are outlined and described, as are the elements of complete and accurate scholarly references, and detailed descriptions of writing practices are clarified through the use of numerous examples.

The basic components of a doctoral thesis are outlined and described, as are the elements of complete and accurate scholarly references, and detailed descriptions of writing practices are clarified through the use of numerous examples. PhD Success provides guidance for students familiar with English and the procedures of English universities, but it also acknowledges that many theses in the English language are now written by candidates whose first language is not English, so it carefully explains the scholarly styles, conventions and standards expected of a successful doctoral thesis in the English language.

Individual chapters of this book address reflective and critical writing early in the thesis process; working successfully with thesis supervisors and benefiting from commentary and criticism; drafting and revising effective thesis chapters and developing an academic or scientific argument; writing and formatting a thesis in clear and correct scholarly English; citing, quoting and documenting sources thoroughly and accurately; and preparing for and excelling in thesis meetings and examinations. 

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