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Signposting

A good writer will help the reader by making use of headings, words and expressions as markers which can indicate what will (or will not) come next in the text, where certain aspects of the work can be found, and if the text is divided into a number of points.

Example: This article will attempt to analyse the period 1956-1969, and show just how the history of statistics can be used to analyse the business of governance.

Example: The final section of the article then sets out a case study of the Iranian Revolution.

Example: In the concluding section, we discuss the implications of the findings for government and for future research.

Example: One part of the assumption of rationality, discussed in Chapter 1, was that people tend to have reasonably simple objectives.

Example: With reference to the experience over the last thirty years of the European Development Funds (EDF) in promoting livestock production in Africa, a number of conclusions can be drawn. First, despite huge investment by the EDF and other donors, developing countries in Africa are more dependent on imports than ever before. Second, this is due more to the implementation of inappropriate policies than to lack of funding. Third, the technical knowledge that already exists has not been applied to the extent that it should have been.