How to quote, paraphrase and summarise sources. Has real examples of students' writing and information about common errors.
A set of freeware apps to help with reading, writing, planning and organisation. Comes with tutorials and can be run from a flash drive. PC only.
The 'go-to' study skills book for new students with (or without) dyslexia.
Useful guidance from the University of Leeds.
A short and readable guide - particularly useful for English and History students. Especially good on how to relate your writing to the critics/theorists.
You will be expected to research your topic and read widely, select the best references and write a critical analysis.
On the most basic level, your essay should comprise of an introduction to the topic and your argument – the main discussion where you contextualise, explain and assess ideas, data and issues – a logical conclusion that summarises the content of your essay.
|Title Page / ID||Include student ID number
States essay title (may be given by lecturer)
|Introduction||Establishes scientific context of essay
Gives necessary background to topic
States an argument or proposition
Establishes your interpretation of the topic
Defines important technical terms
Outlines the paper's structure
|Main Text||Has clearly defined sub-sections (either with headings, or signposting language)
Employs clear, logical development of subject matter (following the structure you outlined)
Justifies what led to your point of view
Uses relevant information to support your argument
Uses figures and tables to support the text
Correctly references all sources of information
Numbers and labels all texts and figures
|Conclusion||Briefly restates the purpose of the essay
Summarises the main points argued in the essay (don't include any new information in a conclusion)
States conclusions clearly and concisely
Sets out the reasons for your conclusions
Indicates suggestions for future research (if appropriate)
|List of References||All references cited in the text are included|
(adapted from: http://www.monash.edu.au/lls/llonline/writing/science/6.xml )