Studets are strongly encouraged, and in most cases are required, to discuss all aspects of their thesis with their advisors. Too often, students are reluctant to approach their advisors for advice or assistance because, “my advisor is too busy,” or “I don’t want to bother her.” Students should know that a frequent complaint of faculty advisors is, “students never come to talk about their thesis until it’s too late”.
Seek advice and assistance from your seniors and classmates. It is particularly useful to have a classmate or friend read sections of what you write to see if it makes sense.
The AIT Library
The AIT Library is an academic support unit of AIT. Numerous information services are available to help students become better writers.
There are many style guides, specialized dictionaries and reference grammars available at the AIT Library, the LRC, and local book shops. Only a few are listed below but a wide range of such books is available. Consider purchasing your own copy of some of these books as part of your personal reference library.
How to guides
‘How-to’ guide books on thesis writing generally contain more “advice” than useful information. You are better served by consulting a recognized manual of style and collaborating with a good editor.
Useful reference books
Many of the books below are available in the AIT Library and/ or in the Learning Resource Center ( LRC /Room 216) in the Language Center. Come and browse.
|For help with/Location||Title||Author||Publisher||Help on|
|Style Library Call number BF76.7 P83 2001||Publication Manual of the APA||APA||all aspects of research writing|
|Style Library Call number PN147 T75||A Guide to MLA Documentation||MLA||accepted forms of punctuation, quotation, use of numbers, abbreviations, referencing, etc.|
|Style Library Call number QC82 D7||Units of Measure||Stephen Dresner||Harvey Miller & Metcalf||units of measure|
|Style Library Call number QC88 E36||The World Measures Guide||The Economist||units of measure|
|Style LRC||The Chicago Manual of Style||Chicago University Press||accepted forms of punctuation, quotation, use of numbers, abbreviations, referencing and more|
|Style||The Elements of Style||William Strunk and E.B. White||Macmillan||basic rules of punctuation and usage, principles of composition, approach to style|
|Writing Instruction||College Writing Skills||J. Langan||McGraw Hill||basic patterns of organization and development|
|Writing Instruction||Write Ideas||E. Glendinning H. Mantell||Longman||intermediate level writing skills|
|Writing Handbook||The Little, Brown Handbook||H. R. Fowler and J. E. Aaron||Harper Collins||combination style manual and writing instruction|
|Research Design||Practical Marketing Research||N. B. Holbert and M. Speece||Prentice Hall||research design and writing up results|
|Business Correspondence||A Handbook of Business Correspondence||A. Ashley||Oxford University Press||structure, presentation, content and style for inquiries, replies, complaints, memos and many other types of business correspondence|
|Grammar||Basic English Usage||Michael Swan||Oxford University Press||information on grammar usage|