In this video, the fifth in a series providing some basic tips on how to write better essays, Tim Squirrell (University of Edinburgh) covers the basics of using evidence in essays. It is aimed at undergraduate university or college students, but is applicable to essays more broadly construed. Please find below a rough transcript of this section, taken from the original blog post, 'How to write undergraduate essays', which can be found here.
Summary: get Zotero. Reference properly. Cite the originator of an idea. Go beyond the reading list.
Okay, so you’ve written an incredible essay. You’re ready to hand it in. You’re going to get an 80.
Not so fast, hot shot. Your reference list is a mess, you haven’t cited half your sources and half of your bibliography is Wikipedia pages.
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