2 Breadth of Content Breadth of content is intended to refer to both the

2 breadth of content breadth of content is intended

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2. Breadth of Content Breadth of content is intended to refer to both the answering of the whole of the question, and the selection of an adequate number of points. A poor answer according to these criteria may therefore be one which does not attempt to answer the question, or an answer which contains too little content, inaccurate content, or irrelevant content. 3. Quality of Research Your success in the above two aspects will be largely dependent on the quality of your research. For term papers or essays in general, the wider the range of sources you locate, the better the quality of information you are likely to come up with, and the less likely you will be to present a biased or one-sided argument. A range of sources should include primary references such as scientific journal articles and secondary references such as newspaper articles. Use up-to-date sources where possible, and where information is out-of-date, qualify your use of it. For reviews, additional research is not always required. Check on the actual requirements of individual assignments. 4. Style of Presentation This general heading is intended to refer to a large number of aspects which affect the communication of ideas. It includes the provision of an adequate introduction and conclusion; the use of language; the adequate referencing of quotations, correct punctuation and accurate spelling. You should realize, however, that an elegant style alone will not earn you a pass grade if your essay is deficient in the other more important areas described above. Thesis: It is important that every essay or report should have a thesis, something that it sets out to prove or show. Think of the whole as an argument, and be clear in your own mind about your purpose before you begin.
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Geography 101A Environment, Society and Sustainability Fall Term, 2012 52 Introduction: Never plunge straight into a topic or case study. Your introduction should state your thesis in general terms and give the reader an idea of how you will develop the argument. The introduction can also be used to provide background material and to define any ambiguous terms. While it is essential that the introduction should be clear to the reader, you do not have to strip yourself naked at the start: save some surprises for the body of the essay. Paragraphs: These should vary in length, but you must be sure to avoid paragraphs that are extremely short or extremely long. Probably 1/3 or 1/2 of a page should be the average length. Remember that each paragraph must have its own topic. If you cannot develop that topic sufficiently to make a paragraph of respectable length, consider whether it can be combined in a single paragraph with some other point (or points) under a more general topic. Sometimes, however, for emphasis or variety, a short paragraph is desirable. If you discover that a paragraph is getting too long, decide on a rational way of dividing the topic into two or more paragraphs.
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