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Welcome to the BetterEdit Library. Here you will find a collection of resources and articles to help with your essay and thesis writing. If you have any requests for articles you would like to see in our library please contact us.

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How to write an essay

by Tom Davis, Department of English, The University of Birmingham.

This document was originally written for first year students about to write their first essay on Kurt Vonnegut at the University of Birmingham. It has been revised to make it more generally applicable. It is a detailed, step-by-step guide on writing an essay and includes sections on writing professionally, researching, generating ideas, planning, structuring and presenting an essay. [ Read the full article ]

Writing and presenting your thesis or dissertation

by Professor S. Joseph Levine, Michigan State University.

This guide was created to assist graduate students in thinking through the many aspects of crafting, implementing and defending a thesis or dissertation. It is an attempt to share some of the many ideas that have surfaced over the past few years that definitely make the task of finishing a graduate degree so much easier. This is a comprehensive thesis writing guide. It is considerably long, with extensive details, and makes a good reference tool as you write your thesis. [ Read the full article ]

How to organize your thesis

by Professor John W. Chinneck, Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University.

This document describes how to organize a written thesis, the central element of your graduate degree. This document should prove helpful for those just getting started in a graduate program, as well as those beginning the writing of their thesis. The document includes an explanation of graduate research and the graduate thesis, general tips and advice, and a very helpful generic thesis skeleton you can use to write your thesis. [ Read the full article ]

How To Write A Dissertation

by Professor Douglas E. Comer, Computer Science Department, Purdue University.

Here is a guide written for computer science students undertaking a dissertation project. This guide will also be helpful for the general student population as it includes a valuable list of terms and phrases to avoid and a selection of easy-to-digest tips on voice, grammar, terminology, data, referencing, logic and organization. [ Read the full article ]

APA Research Style Crib Sheet

by Professor Russ Dewey of Georgia Southern University.

This page is a summary of rules for using APA style. [ Read the full article ]

Study Abroad - USA

Studying abroad can be a fun and safe experience but it is important to realize that you are subject to the laws and customs of another country. Here are some tips prepared by the Office of Overseas Services to help keep you prepared and safe. [ Read the full article ]

International Phone Cards

Shopping around for a new calling card is not an easy task. Firstly there are so many providers that tout rates as low as 1 cent/minute and other such wonderful rates, and secondly there is simply so much choice how do you know what is good and what is bad? [ Read the full article ]

International Student Insurance

If you are planning to study abroad, one of the most important things you will do is to select the right insurance coverage. For many of you this is something you have never had to deal with as either your parents would take care of this, or your home country has a nationalized health care system. In the USA, this is very different! [ Read the full article ]

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