Content preening

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Pelican Preening by Bill Gracey, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License

A key piece of advice in this post by Faye Hicks is “Before you include any sentence, paragraph or section in your document, consider why it is there.” This is a very important point and Fay illustrates it with a good example of how not to write a methods section. Although obviously exaggerated, her example is not all that different from writing I see from students. It is written in a narrative style which is often the way we naturally report what happened—we start at the beginning and move through step by step. However this style is difficult for readers. Fay talks about why and what to do instead. Check out her post here
https://thesistips.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/content-preening-or-how-not-to-torture-your-thesis-committee/

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