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HY1001N Theories of the Text
<ul><li>Avoid ‘I’ ‘me’ ‘my’ </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid reference to your feelings, state of mind, guesses, suppositions, e.g....
<ul><li>Using the library. </li></ul><ul><li>Attention to: </li></ul><ul><li>Range of reading </li></ul><ul><li>Overview o...
<ul><li>Avoid ‘ index-based ’  reading method. Why? </li></ul><ul><li>Read for prose style, rhetoric, argumentation as wel...
<ul><li>Avoid citing Wikipedia or Google. </li></ul><ul><li>Why? Material is not adequately peer-reviewed. What does this ...
<ul><li>What is the function of an introduction? </li></ul><ul><li>Situate/clarify terms of the argument. </li></ul><ul><l...
<ul><li>Phrasing, spelling & punctuation </li></ul><ul><li>Use spell-check. </li></ul><ul><li>Read it aloud. </li></ul><ul...
Use correct academic convention, e.g. MHRA:
 
<ul><li>Short quotations (<40 words) enclosed in single quotation marks and run on in the text. </li></ul><ul><li>Long quo...
<ul><li>References require the following information: </li></ul><ul><li>Author </li></ul><ul><li>Title (italicised) </li><...
Electronic sources:
<ul><li>Bibliography: </li></ul><ul><li>Alphabetical, surname first. </li></ul><ul><li>Author </li></ul><ul><li>Title (ita...
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  1. 1. HY1001N Theories of the Text
  2. 2. <ul><li>Avoid ‘I’ ‘me’ ‘my’ </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid reference to your feelings, state of mind, guesses, suppositions, e.g. ‘I think that…’ ‘I feel that…’ ‘ In my opinion… ’ , etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid anecdote, chatty informality. </li></ul><ul><li>Why avoid these? </li></ul><ul><li>Aim for a prose style like academic textbooks. Use academic style & register. </li></ul><ul><li>How? </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Using the library. </li></ul><ul><li>Attention to: </li></ul><ul><li>Range of reading </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of material </li></ul><ul><li>Critical engagement with texts </li></ul><ul><li>Rhetoric </li></ul><ul><li>You should not expect to find only one book that provides the answer. </li></ul><ul><li>You are assessed on your ability to research, synthesise and organise secondary material. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Avoid ‘ index-based ’ reading method. Why? </li></ul><ul><li>Read for prose style, rhetoric, argumentation as well as for information. </li></ul><ul><li>Variety of sources. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider tensions, incompatibilities and disagreements between positions in critical works. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Avoid citing Wikipedia or Google. </li></ul><ul><li>Why? Material is not adequately peer-reviewed. What does this mean? </li></ul><ul><li>Google Scholar is OK. Material is peer-reviewed. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow this link: http://scholar.google.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>No plagiarism or personation. </li></ul><ul><li>No misquotation. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t let quotations stand for your own argument. Use them as evidence in support of your own argument. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>What is the function of an introduction? </li></ul><ul><li>Situate/clarify terms of the argument. </li></ul><ul><li>Explain method. </li></ul><ul><li>Brief outline of how argument progresses through stages. </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion essay works towards. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid dictionary definitions. Why? </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid biographical information unless relevant to the terms of the argument. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Phrasing, spelling & punctuation </li></ul><ul><li>Use spell-check. </li></ul><ul><li>Read it aloud. </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Word-process </li></ul><ul><li>Double-space </li></ul><ul><li>Justify </li></ul><ul><li>Use footnotes (sparingly) </li></ul><ul><li>Quote correctly </li></ul><ul><li>Bibliography </li></ul>
  8. 8. Use correct academic convention, e.g. MHRA:
  9. 10. <ul><li>Short quotations (<40 words) enclosed in single quotation marks and run on in the text. </li></ul><ul><li>Long quotations (>40 words) broken off by an increased space, and not enclosed within quotation marks. Use indentation and smaller size as necessary. </li></ul><ul><li>Footnotes are an interruption and should be limited. They are for citation of sources and not for additional exposition of argument. </li></ul><ul><li>References to source material allow the reader to go to the evidence/follow up the argument. </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>References require the following information: </li></ul><ul><li>Author </li></ul><ul><li>Title (italicised) </li></ul><ul><li>Editor/translator (if applicable) </li></ul><ul><li>Series </li></ul><ul><li>Edition </li></ul><ul><li>Details of publication in brackets: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Place of publication (:) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Name of publisher (,) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Date of publication </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Page number/s </li></ul>
  11. 12. Electronic sources:
  12. 13. <ul><li>Bibliography: </li></ul><ul><li>Alphabetical, surname first. </li></ul><ul><li>Author </li></ul><ul><li>Title (italicised) </li></ul><ul><li>Editor/translator (if applicable) </li></ul><ul><li>Series </li></ul><ul><li>Edition </li></ul><ul><li>Details of publication in brackets: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Place of publication (:) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Name of publisher (,) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Date of publication </li></ul></ul>
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