Including a bibliography is good academic practice.
If you go on to study further, write more about your subject or publish your work, giving kudos to the writers whose work you took information and inspiration from is essential.
“I could only squeeze out 1,000 words,” another wrote with a crying face emoticon.
“Who has time for such an assignment when my job already keeps me spinning?
Remember, markers also want to see evidence of your own, original thinking.
Using too many references does not leave much room for your personal standpoint to shine through.To support the research and writing process associated with the free-standing dissertations, the History department runs a number of skills workshops in Semesters 1 and 2.These workshops, usually held in the late afternoon and early evening, provide guidance on historical research and writing.As long as there is a member of staff in the Department of History willing and able to supervise your preferred topic you are free to choose any subject you wish.Second year students interested in writing a long essay need to talk to their personal tutor and their prospective supervisor and must submit the above application form when selecting modules for their third year.If you are using references just to show off all the books you've read, this will be obvious and will not impress your markers.You need to choose the sources which really contribute to your essay; supporting your argument, contesting it or prompting interesting, relevant questions.Students also workshop their ideas and draft chapters with one another, under the guidance of a staff member and the author of a distinguished long essay from the previous year.Although attendance at these workshops is compulsory, a convivial and supportive atmosphere is encouraged.As a general rule, you should aim to use one to three, to support each key point you make.This of course depends on subject matter and the point you are discussing, but acts as a good general guide.