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Coursework Avoidance List

It is worth starting a coursework  with a search for material for it.

Materials taken from the Internet, too, must be indicated in the list of literature. But here it is not enough just to specify the address of the site, you need to specify the full address on which you can find this or that material.

Avoid “downloading” of finished coursework. As experience shows, the Internet and the CDs do not include masterpieces, and you will not do a good job on their basis. Many of these materials become familiar to teachers and to establish their origin is not a problem. So take some time and try to write something yourself.

Begin with the fact that when collecting materials, rewrite verbatim only the most important statements of well-known scientists, which you then include in your work as citations. All the rest should be outlined in your own words, while noting where you wrote down verbatim, and where – paraphrased. This will allow you to avoid errors when quoting.

If you have collected the necessary material, then you can start writing the text of the course work. It’s about writing, not about mindless copying with all the known means of modern technology or simply by mechanical rewriting. You will never learn to express your thoughts unless you try to do it completely independently.

Do not link mechanically “pieces” from different sources: their authors can use different terminology and different approaches. Not to mention the possibility of bringing to the scientific supervisor several exactly identical texts.

When writing a text it is very important to determine for yourself, for whom it is intended. This will allow you to choose the right style of presentation and avoid unnecessary clarifications and formulations. By definition, the course work is not read in detail by anyone other than the supervisor, but graduate and master’s work is given to read completely to the outside reviewer.

It is necessary to explain all the terms that are the key concepts of your research. Coursework is not considered scientific, but this does not mean that you should ignore the generally accepted rules of scientific ethics.

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