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useful web sites
Useful Web Sites
  • Google Chrome:
  • Google Scholar:
  • Google Alerts:
  • Google Book:
  • Used Books:
  • Office of National Statistics:
  • IHR:
  • Voyager:
  • IOP
  • Met Police:
other on line materials
Other on-line materials
  • Intute:
  • Parliament:
  • Old Bailey:
  • I- Tunes U:
  • Twitter – follow reputable organisations, societies or academics
  • Podcasts -
  • You tube:
  • On-line lectures:
  • Be aware of the most important works in your area of research and use them as a starting point. (But beware plagiarism!!!)

What is plagiarism?


‘The practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own’

Source: Oxford Dictionary of English, (OUP, Oxford, 2003).

‘Unacknowledged copying from published sources (including the Internet) or incomplete referencing’

Source: JCQ, 2009, p.28

reference list
Reference List

This reference list also includes important details such as the title and publisher.

All items should be listed alphabetically by author or authorship, regardless of the format, i.e. whether books, websites or journals etc. Where there are several works from one author or source they should be listed together but in date order, with the earliest work listed first.

Source: University library: Guide to the Harvard Style of Referencing, July 2008, Anglia Ruskin University: (2010)


In this, the author\'s surname and year of publication are cited in the text, e.g. (Bond, 2004) and a reference list (of these citations) is included at the end of the assignment, in alphabetical order by author with date. .

Source: University library: Guide to the Harvard Style of Referencing, July 2008, Anglia Ruskin University:

  • A bibliography lists relevant items that you have used in the preparation of the assignment but not necessarily cited in your text. A bibliography should also be in the Harvard style and the inclusion of such a list shows that you have read widely beyond the items you have cited
written report

A project which consists solely of written work should be

approximately 5000 words, for example an investigation,

exploration of a hypothesis or extended essay or

academic report.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) Level 3, cited in: 2010)

writing up1
Writing Up
  • Introduction:

What should be in your introduction?


Introductions. An introduction should do at least four main things:

  • ii. State your objectives in the essay i.e. say what you are going to do.
  • iii. Outline which aspects of the subject you are going to deal with and how.
  • iv. Indicate what you are going to argue.

Source: (Sept 2010)


Another way of thinking about the introduction is that it should draw a map for the reader. Imagine you are taking the reader on a journey. Your introduction tells the reader not only the intended final destination but the route you are going to take, the method of transport, the places you are going to visit on the way, the people you are going to meet and even some of the things they are going to say.


main body of the project
Main Body of the Project

‘In your main body you work through key points and support them with evidence. You bring together different ideas about the same subject and let them have a conversation with each other which you mediate’.



Present arguments, points and theories in favour of and against the main proposition of the essay – with supporting evidence.

  • Give an overview of the main issue, topic or proposition and then work through the main issue’s key components.
  • Explore strengths and weaknesses in the main proposition of the essay. This is particularly useful for titles that ask you to ‘discuss’ or ‘evaluate’.
  • Identify and outline differences and similarities between two or more ideas, theories or views.
  • Review theories about a subject and then present examples or case studies to show which theories are most useful.
  • Source:

What should we write in a conclusion?


Your conclusion should give a sense of completion to your essay and should point to your central idea or to the argument you have been making. You should try and summarise the main points you have made – although you should not simply go over everything again. You should also revisit the question to show how you think your essay has answered it.



The presentation should be for a non-specialist audience and use media appropriate to the type of project. The presentation may involve the use of flipcharts, posters, OHP transparencies, PowerPoint or short excerpts of video material. The presentation should include live response to questions from the supervisor.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) Level 3, cited in: 2010)

things to remember when presenting your work

Prepare thoroughly

  • What form will it take?
  • Make sure you have all the materials you need
  • Where is it?

The actual presentation

  • What is the time limit?
  • Who is the audience?
  • What is the purpose?
  • Make sure it is structured