References I Need More Help

I always use the ‘one reference, one sentence’ rule

  • When students write a paragraph and put a reference at the end they risk plagiarism allegations.
  • Referencing paragraphs tells the marker that:
    • you have not read around your topic
    • you do not understand the topic
    • you are not capable of working at this level
  • The best solution is to use the ‘one reference, one sentence’ rule

For example:

  • Campbell (2014) suggested that the increase in cloud computing is directly related to internet access.  
  • It has been suggested that the increase in cloud computing  is directly related to internet access (Campbell, 2014). 

 

State(s) means: I have copied this word for word

  • The word state, states, stating means you have copied word for word
  • Most students use the word state and do not include quotes or speech marks e.g. “my text”
  • If the speech marks are not provided it is classed as plagiarism
  • Use this once or twice or never

For example:

  • Campbell (2014) stated that “the increase in cloud computing is directly related to internet access.” 

 

Use references to support an argument or point of view

  • Using two or more references together can earn you big marks
  • This shows that you know your subject because you have read around
  • This shows that you understand what you are reading and why it is important

For example:

  • Campbell (2014) suggested that the increase in cloud computing is directly related to internet access. This is supported by the 40% increase in broadband usages over the past two years (Mybroadbandprovider, 2014).
  • Campbell (2014) suggested that the increase in cloud computing is directly related to internet access. Mybroadbandprovider (2014) metrics provides evidence for Campbell’s view, indicating that there has been a 40% increase in broadband usages over the past two years.

 

Use references to create an argument

  • Using two or more references to create an argument will earn you big marks
  • This shows that you know your subject because you have read around
  • This shows that you understand what you are reading and why it is important

For example:

Campbell (2013) suggested that the increase in cloud computing is directly related to internet access. Mybroadbandprovider (2014) metrics provides evidence for this view by indicating that there has been a 40% increase in broadband usages over the past two years. However, Cloudmetrics (2014) indicates that there was a slow period of growth within cloud computing during this period casting doubt on Campbell’s ascertain.  

 

Don’t just read, criticise

  • Been able to recognise issues or faults in other peoples research is a big point earner
  • This sets you aside from all the other students
  • It tells the marker that you have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of research methods

For example:

Campbell (2013) suggested that the increase in cloud computing is directly related to internet access. Mybroadbandprovider (2014) metrics provides evidence for this view by indicating that there has been a 40% increase in broadband usages over the past two years. However, Cloudmetrics (2014) indicates that there was a slow period of growth within cloud computing during this period casting doubt on Campbell’s ascertain.  Closer analysis of Campbell’s research indicates that his internet data was collected from China not Great Britain.  Therefore, his conclusion only apply to China as broadband up take is different across the world, see worldusageofbroadband (2012).

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