ABC of Project Writing for Researchers and Students of the Humanities

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Akoda, Winifred. Makurdi: Aboki Publishers, 2017

Preface

Project writing is a basic requirement for the graduation of both undergraduate and postgraduate students of any institution of higher learning. However, having coordinated and observed numerous defence panels as a long-established academic, I have noticed the sharp decline in the performance of students in their project/research work particularly in the last decade. Essential areas of project writing suchas Abstract, Introduction, Methodology, Scope of Work, Statement of
Problem, Literature Review and References are almost always incorrectly or poorly written. In addition, new areas/sub-headings that are irrelevant on their own-as they are already subsumed in the existing areas mentioned – are added to the project work. For instance, a sub-heading such as Limitations of the Study is subsumed in the Methodology while the Justification of the Study, another unnecessary sub-heading, is incorporated throughout the work in areas such as Introduction, Objectives, Statement of Problem and Literature Review under the disguise of the word, “Rationale”.

In the light of the above, this book hopes” to enlighten students on how to enhance their project work by examining the proper methods and stages of project writing and highlighting some common mistakes that students and researchers make in relation to the areas earlier mentioned. It is also important to note that while this book may prove useful to all researchers and students of the humanities, its emphasis is on historical research/project writing and as such the examples and exercises provided are taken from the postgraduate theses of historians from the University of Calabar and some other Nigerian universities. It is, therefore, my hope that this book will, as a whole, benefit all students and researchers of humanities in Nigerian tertiary institutions.

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Contents

CHAPTER 1: ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
Important Aspects of the Acknowledgement
Examples of Good Acknowledgements

CHAPTER 2: ABSTRACT
WHWH Pathway
Examples of Good Abstracts

CHAPTER 3: INTRODUCTION
Contents of a Good Introduction
An Example of a Good Introduction

CHAPTER 4: METHODOLOGY
Categories of Sources
Examples of Good Methodology

CHAPTER 5: OBJECTIVES
Examples of Good Objectives of the Study

CHAPTER 6: STATEMENT OF PROBLEM
Contents of a Good Statement of Problem
Examples of Good Statements of Problem

CHAPTER 7: SCOPE OF WORK
Examples of Good Scopes of Work

CHAPTER 8: BODY OF WORK
Producing an Outstanding Project Work

CHAPTER 9: LITERATURE REVIEW
Benefits of the Literature Review
Features of aGood Literature Review
An Example of a Good Literature Review

CHAPTER 10: THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK
Features of a Good Theoretical Framework
An Example of a Good Theoretical Framework

CHAPTER 11: SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND
RECOMMENDATION
Features of a Good Conclusion
An Example of a Good Conclusion

CHAPTER 12: REFERENCES
Formatting the Project Work
MLA Abbreviations –
Introducing the Source
MLA In-Text Citations
MLA Quotation Formatting
MLA Tables and Figures
MLA Endnotes and Footnotes
MLA Works Cited Page
WORKS CITED
INDEX

Prof. Winifred Akoda

Winifred Eyoanwan Akoda (Nee Eyo Adam) is a Professor of History in the Department of History and International Studies at the University of Calabar. A mentor in Research Methods to both undergraduate and postgraduate students for over two decades, Wini has published in numerous journals and books in diverse areas of interest such as Research Methods and Historiography, Biographical History, Gender Studies and Calabar Historical and Cultural Studies. She is also a widely travelled scholar, having attended several conferences within and outside the African continent. Between 2012 and 2014, Prof. Wini Akoda served as the Head of the Department of History and International Studies where she recorded several outstanding achievements for the department. Wini is the mother of two enterprising children, Philip and Mary-Brenda, with whom she loves to travel and play badminton with during her leisure time.
More information can be obtained on her personal knowledgebase at https://www.winifredakoda.com.ng.

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