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Remember also that libraries don’t simply hold books. You can find a great deal of other kinds of information in the typical academic libraries, such as: • • • • journals and periodicals, both current and archived; reference works, such as dictionaries, organizational directories and encyclopedias; abstracts, which are essentially collections of summaries of other articles and books, essential for tracking down all that is currently known on a particular topic; catalogues of other libraries. Don’t forget the most useful resource, however: the librarian.

When this book looks at assessment (Chapter 6), we will see that these relationships can be a major factor in the ‘good answer’. The easiest way to deal with this problem is to include in your notes a few notes about the notes, telling you what other topics you think are related, where those related topics are and perhaps also something about the nature of the link, such as ‘Note: “Register” is distinct from “Style” – see lecture notes, week 2’. 2 Learning from MCCS sources This section focuses on research skills: • finding information: • using this book; • using libraries; • using other sources; Williams-How to Get 2/1 2nd 18 24/2/04 5:14 pm Page 18 HOW TO GET A 2:1 IN MCCS • • • • reading effectively: how to choose the right texts for the job; how to analyse MCCS texts; making notes from texts.

Often you will find in the pieces you read statements like ‘x argues that’ or ‘y seems to suggest’ or ‘the data in z study clearly indicate . ’. These are all interpretative statements, interpretations of other sources. How do you know if these interpretations are reasonable ones? Well, you can either take the statements on trust, or you can check the sources. You will need to use references yourself in your own writing. When you do, bear all the above points in mind, from your reader’s point of view.

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