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BA1002: Our Space: Networks, Narrative and the Making of Place Guide: Writing for the Case Study Essay

A guide to library and learning resources for - Our Space: Networks, Narratives, and the Making of Place

Research and writing resources

Coherence Test

Try this coherence test. How did you go? 

The coherence test

In a copy of your essay, delete everything except the introduction, headings, subheadings, paragraph topic sentences, and conclusion. Does the document still make sense as a whole, and indicate how your essay developes your thesis? If it does, then you know that you have coherence within your essay - congratulations!

Planning the case study essay

Examine this example of the smallpox network to assist you with mapping your own topic.

Essay writing checklist

  • Check your assignment task requirements
  • Unpack the question. What exactly do you have to do? What do you need to know?
  • Brainstorm what you know. Brainstorm for ideas
  • Make a time plan, allowing plenty of time for research
  • Research high-quality information sources
  • Draw up a writing plan, then do a very rough first draft
  • Aim for an introduction and conclusion that make sense together
  • Structure your writing so that its flow is clear, logical and coherent
  • Carefully proofread and edit your essay
  • Ensure all your sources are clearly referenced in your text.

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