Happy New Year to all returning and new students .As most of us are in the throes of writing assignments, here are some reminders of essential elements to put in your work. Please note that some of these will seem obvious but are quite often forgotten.
1. Planning your work.
It is always best to plan your work, rather than jumping straight into writing, usually the actual writing is one of the final things you should do. Ensure that you have a plan that can be used as a logical guide of your argument from introduction to conclusion. At this stage is it also best to have done all your research, so that you can pick the relevant parts out straight away and have them ready when you start to write.
2. Proof reading.
This is always good practice, as you can give a more of a “polished” feel to your work, and will stop being marked down on the basis of presentation. This can be done in a number of ways, a couple of examples are to get a friend to read your essay to ensure they think it makes sense, and they will be more likely to point out mistakes such as spelling and/or grammar. The second is to read your essay allowed yourself and when reading if it doesn’t make sense then you will know that it needs to be changed.
This is where all your references go, even if they have not been cited in a footnote. Note that your bibliography must be in the same reference style as those cited in your essay.
Referencing is essential to your work, lack of referencing can lose marks. In addition a lack of referencing can mean that you will be up on a plagiarism charge with in the school of law, if found guilty this will go on your academic record. As far as I am aware the school of law does not have a preferred reference style, different styles can be found at the link at the bottom of this blog. If your lecturer as asked for a specific reference style than please use it.
All the best with your assignments.