So you’re learning to write like a professional researcher?

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Although I don’t have much time today, I promised the doctoral students I met with at LSU last Friday that I would share an interesting phrasebank from the folks at the University of Manchester for those learning to write like a researcher in English. Here are some examples for use in the Introduction section of a research article:

  • So far, however, there has been little discussion about ……
  • However, far too little attention has been paid to ……
  • Most studies in X have only been carried out in a small number of areas.
  • The research to date has tended to focus on X rather than Y.
  • In addition, no research has been found that surveyed …….
  • So far this method has only been applied to ……
  • Several studies have produced estimates of X (Smith, 2002; Jones, 2003), but there is still insufficient data for …..
  • However, there have been no controlled studies which compare differences in ……
  • The experimental data are rather controversial, and there is no general agreement about ……
  • However, there is no reliable evidence that ……
  • X’s analysis does not take account of ….. nor does he examine ……

Any of these phrases could be adapted when you want to “establish a niche” (Move 2). Follow the links below for more on writing research articles.

Stay tuned for more on other sections of the research article.

One thought on “So you’re learning to write like a professional researcher?

  1. I have not checked in here for a while because I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are great quality so I guess I will add you back to my daily bloglist. You deserve it friend :).See

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