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For writing is necessary to find some very reliable resources - your text should be based on critical and responsible thinking and dialogue with what has been already said.

Where to find the resources

Other sources to your chosen theme should be prefarably scientific articles. Where you can find your external resources:

  • for the beginning you can look at Wikipedia or do simple Google search - you will get texts of very different quality. You can use them for basic orientation only - please do not consider them as a resource for your research and do not cite them!
  • for your academic writing you may prefer Google Scholar to find reliable resources

Managemenet of citations

  • There is Zotero software available for management of your citations (helps you save the citation in required format)

Quality assessment

...of your resources would be very important at the certain stage. Sites about techniques of quality assessment (and not how to use them):

  • Use Internet Detective online.[1].You can try several quizzes to prove that your skills in evaluating sources have been already developed.
  • Evaluating Online Sources: A Tutorial by Roger Munger

Technique of writing literature review

What we mean by the "literature review"? In this context, it is not just the list of references; but it is not also the thourough analysis of available resources. It is something in between - it brings arguments from literature that are focused specifically on your topic and must be reviewed before you start your research. Start with annotated bibliography, your own notes on your readings which you can use when you will be compiling the text in the later stages of the writing process.

Annotated bibliography

Write annotation to every valuable resource you are going to use in your writing.



  1. Place, E., Kendall, M., Hiom, D., Booth, H., Ayres, P., Manuel, A., Smith, P. (2006) "Internet Detective: Wise up to the Web", 3rd edition, Intute Virtual Training Suite, [online]. Available from:
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