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Research and writing resources
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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