Thursday, June 01, 2006


The following tips apply to all the essays (i.e. sections A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K & L).

  • Check that the content of your essays is relevant to the topic and that you cover the information in sufficient detail - mentioning a fact is usually not enough.
  • Make sure that your essays are logically organized.
  • Try to use your own words as much as possible. Quotes are better than plagiarism but you will get marked down if you use a lot of them.
  • Make sure all your references are in your reference list and in your text. Vincent's essay on "Digestion in Herbivores" is a good example of how to put your references in the text. Please note that he used his own words so no quotes were needed.
  • Make sure that you do not repeat references in your reference list.
  • Make sure that you have used at least three references for each essay.
  • Make sure that you use other sources as well as Wikipedia.

Gwen Raitt
Content Developer
NISL Programme
University of the Western Cape
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