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Plan Your Essay

by Phillip C. Shon SAGE Publications Ltd
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If you’re unsure where to start with essay writing, Plan Your Essay gives you the nuts and bolts you need to answer your question effectively and get great marks.


  • Get the most from your reading before you write.

  • Build a convincing argument to make your case.

  • Write well-crafted essays that stay on point.


Super Quick Skills provide the essential building blocks you need to succeed at university - fast. Packed with practical, positive advice on core academic and life skills, you’ll discover focused tips and strategies to use straight away. Whether it’s writing great essays, understanding referencing or managing your wellbeing, find out how to build good habits and progress your skills throughout your studies.


  • Learn core skills quickly

  • Apply right away and see results

  • Succeed in your studies and life.


Super Quick Skills give you the foundations you need to confidently navigate the ups and downs of university life.

Why Do I Have to Write Essays?
What Am I Writing?
Where Does The Question Come From?
What Do The Instruction Verbs Mean?
What Do You Mean By Evidence and Support?
How Do I Organize My Essay?
How Do I Organize a Research-based Essay or Paper?
How Much Do I Write?

Phillip C. Shon received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois (Chicago); he also holds an M.A. in linguistics and a B.A. in philosophy from Northeastern Illinois University (Chicago). He is currently a Professor of Criminology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology where he teaches courses in homicide and criminological theory.

He is the author of How to Read Journal Articles in the Social Sciences (2nd ed.). London: Sage, 2015;
Language and Demeanor in Police-Citizen Encounters. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2008; Respect, Defense, and Self-Identity: Profiling Parricide in Nineteenth-Century America, 1852-1899. New York: Peter Lang, 2014. He is a co-editor (with Dragan Milovanovic) of Serial Killers: Understanding Lust Murders. (eds). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2006.

Phil grew up in Chicago. He no longer hides the shame of being a Cubs fan, and has completely forgotten Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series. He is patiently awaiting the Chicago Bears to come up with a sequel to the GÇ£Super Bowl Shufflen++? before they return once more to the Promised Land.