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Umberto Eco

How to Write a Thesis

by Umberto Eco

How to Write a Thesis

Umberto Eco

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Umberto Eco guides readers through the research and writing of a thesis in this classic 1977 text, which has since become gospel for university students at the final stage of their degree.

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How to Write a Thesis

by Umberto Eco

How to Write a Thesis

Umberto Eco

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Believe it or not, Karl Marx's university thesis topic had nothing to do with economics or history. Yet writing on Epicurus and Democritus ultimately gave Marx the historical depth and wide-sweeping understanding to produce his magnum opus of political economy - and that's precisely how you should approach your own thesis.

Umberto Eco was a leading Italian academic, social critic, philosopher, and novelist known for bestsellers like The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum. This handbook was written to help students undertaking the final stage of their undergraduate degree refine their research and writing habits.

With wit and wisdom, Eco guides you through all the steps of thesis-writing, from the proper way to quote secondary authors to useful methods for organising your notes. Published in 1977 and since translated into seventeen languages, How to Write a Thesis has become indispensable across the scholarly world for anyone undertaking a longform piece of academic writing.

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"If you play the game with competitive gusto, you will write a good thesis. But if you begin with the idea that it is a meaningless ritual in which you have no interest, you have lost before you have begun. If this is the case... have someone else write it for you. Or copy it."

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