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.

Author: ProsWrite

I am a linguist who studies workplace language. My mission is to empower people at work by discovering and sharing the truth about communication.

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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