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How to write an assignment- A Practical Guide by Dr A Barai

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How to write an assignment- A Practical Guide by Dr A Barai

  1. 1. How to write an assignment Dr A Barai MBBS, MRCS, MSc (Critical care) Registrar in Emergency Medicine
  2. 2. What is an assignment • An essay on a particular problem • A review of contemporaneous evidence • An elaboration of a particular aspect of a research
  3. 3. What an assignment is NOT • Not a copy and paste of previous studies or publications • Not a fiction • Not an undergraduate essay without references or supporting evidence
  4. 4. Basic framework • Content page • Introduction • Search strategy • Review tools • Literature review • Discussion • Conclusion • References
  5. 5. How to start • Read the question carefully • Look for the key words • Ask the tutor what exactly is asked for
  6. 6. Initial planning • Search the key words to see what evidence is available • Read original papers that will guide you to write the assignment • Write up the plan and get it checked by tutor
  7. 7. Search • Search is the most important part of gathering information and literature. It needs special care. • Search through all sources: Google, google scholar, Pubmed, Medline, CINAHL, EMBASE, Scopus etc. That will reduced source bias. • Contact library of your institute to gather evidence • Look into bibliography and reference section of original papers to gather more evidence • Contacting the authors would be way beyond the scope of an assignment. However, in Dissertation and PhD Thesis that can be justified.
  8. 8. Writing up the real thing • Search again • Write up the assignment in all relevant sections • As you go through the papers, you would be able to modify the whole thing • Write and re-write • Give it to someone to look at for correction
  9. 9. Common mistakes • Delay in starting • Poor planning • Lack of adequate search • Grammatical error • Plagiarism: a big issue among academic circles. It’s like a crime!
  10. 10. Special attention • Overall look and style of the assignment • Grammatical errors: use spell checker • Stick to word count +/_ 10% • Follow referencing style as has been advised by your institute. Commonly, Harvard style is used. But your university/ college might a have a modified version.
  11. 11. Final word • You are at the driving seat to write up the assignment • Please stick to the time frame and work hard • Reward yourself for the hard work and punish yourself for laziness
  12. 12. Wish you a good luck and every success!
  13. 13. Please contact me if there is any further queries: drbarai@gmail.com

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