Ways to improve your Extended Essay- Media Research Project

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10 Ways to improve your Extended Essay/Media Research Project Mark(Online Resource)1.Research SourcesHow many sources should I use? Students often ask this question and it’s a difficult one, as there is no one size fits all answer. However, asa rule of thumb, we suggest you aim for a bibliography of between 20-30 sources in total (including primary sources, secondary sourcesand Lit review sources)Common problems areinsufficient sources – just not having read enough or in sufficient detail!inappropriate or unreliable sources especially non-academic web sources, opinion based sources such as blogs, discussion boardsand community forumsSome sources should only be used sparingly such asNews stories - these can be useful but need to be understood in the context of your argument.Film or TV reviews – these can contain interesting ideas but their main role is appraisal (good or bad) whereas your Extended Essayis an analytical examination of a topic.Academic sources from other disciplines i.e. Law, Neuroscience or Psychology. These may be useful but are not in your field ofexpertise and therefore should not form the main focus of your research. Better to use material from your own discipline – Film/TV/Media Studies.Where can I go for help?
Here are two web sites that may be of use to you.a.The first resource is on finding good sources and evaluating them:https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/learning-objects/mle/evaluating-sources/story_html5.htmlb. The second resource is on recognising different kinds of sources and types of information:https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/learning-objects/mle/information-types/story_html5.html2.ReferencesToo many marks are lost because in-text and bibliographical references are either incorrect or inconsistent.Where can I go for help?a.The References Guide in the Creative Arts Toolkit Here:http://catoolkit.herts.ac.uk/. It’s a PDF so download it onto your desktopforquick reference.b.An alternative route to the Creative Arts Toolkit by going to Studynet>Online Library>Referencing>Referencing styles>Creative ArtsToolkitc.Our Academic Writing Tutor, Vicky Whittall will be running asecond Reference Workshopon Tuesday 14thMarch at 12.00pm in 1A161in Lindop Buildingd.And lastly, in the Online Library there is an I Spy Tutorial here: http://www.studynet1.herts.ac.uk/ptl/common/LIS.nsf/lis/Projecti-SpyOutcomes. The tutorial covers citation and reference including why the acknowledgement of sources is important, keeping goodrecords, avoiding plagiarism and when to cite.
3.Referencing Film and TV programmesPlease note that when referring to sources in your essay, all book, journal and film and TV titles should beitalicisedto distinguish titles fromthe rest of the sentence.The title should be followed with production details on first mention i.e.The Sopranos(HBO, 1999-2007) orFight Club(David Fincher, 1999).Thereafter you needonlyuse the title.Citations from TV series should clearly show season and episode number and title, if appropriate, i.e. if quoting an episode fromThe Sopranos,‘Boca’ (1:9).Please see the Creative Arts Toolkit for guidance on film and TV references. Here:http://catoolkit.herts.ac.uk/4.Written Communication SkillsMarks are often lost in the area of written communication skills - writing, grammar and punctuation.Where can I go for Help?a.Contact Vicky Whittall, the Academic Writing Tutor and ask for help to bring your writing up to an acceptable standard. Her emailaddress isV.Whittall@herts.ac.ukb.On page 10 in the Module Guide, there is a short list of guides to writing essays. Guides like these can be enormously helpful inenabling you to overcome writer’s block, problems with structuring an argument, how to use quotations and so forth.c.The University Online library hosts Epigeum – a series of self-study online interactive resources on English for Academic Studies. Inparticular, you may be interested in skills based Course 4 which focuses on writing Here:http://www.studynet1.herts.ac.uk/web/crb/co/website170/EnglishForAcademicStudies/SkillsBased/05_writing/index_04_writing.htmlThe course covers essay, paragraph and even sentence structure, how to develop your own ‘voice’ in your essay as well as using the
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