The excellent resources on this University website have been created to support the writing skills of University students. Click here
to access the full list of clickable links or use the specific links listed below. The site includes useful information on all of the following areas:
Academic and Professional Writing
Job Materials and Application Essays
Literary Analysis Papers
Writing Process and Structure
Creating an Argument
Working with Sources
Drafting and Revising Your Paper
Finishing Your Paper
Improving Your Writing Style
Grammar and Punctuation
A primary source is a first-hand account written by an individual who witnessed or experienced an event. Primary sources allow you to examine the evidence first-hand without the opinions, analysis, and interpretations of others. Primary sources are original documents, such as: diaries, letters, memoirs, speeches, autobiographies, certificates or legal documents and interviews. They may also include published articles in newspapers or magazines, as long as they are written soon after the event and are not historical or analytical accounts.
Audio, video and photographs may also be primary sources.
Artefacts such as buildings, pottery, furniture etc can also be primary sources of information in a particular field as they tell us something about their period.
A secondary source is a second-hand account or observation at least one step removed from the event. Secondary sources interpret, offer commentary, analyse and draw conclusions about the events described, or shown, in primary sources. Secondary sources make the information more accessible to others by bringing together information and interpreting material from a variety of primary sources. The most common secondary sources are published works -books, encyclopaedias and newspaper and journal articles.
Note: Information found on the internet can be either a primary source or a secondary source depending on what it is and how it was created.
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The State Library of Victoria, via their site Ergo, has material on:
Essay Writing Skills
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We all love Google but there are other Search Engines out there that can offer us different possibilities. Depending on what you are looking for a more specific search engine or one with particular paramaters may be suit your needs. Click on each image to access the Search Engine.
Noodle Tools - NoodleQuest
The NoodleQuest page uses a series of questions to help you refine what you are looking for, most useful for detailed or academic research, and helps you find the best search engine to suit your needs.
All of the websites gathered by the search engine Sweet Search have been evaluated by experts. The site aims to assist students in finding good, quality information.
WolframAlpha is a search engine for computing answers and providing knowledge. It claims to be a computational knowledge engine not a search engine.
(From their website) 'ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. To date, thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals have been involved in answering reference questions for our Ask an ipl2 Librarian service and in designing, building, creating and maintaining the ipl2's collections. It is through the efforts of these students and volunteers that the ipl2 continues to thrive to this day.'
From Gooru website: "Gooru's mission is to honor the human right to education. We are dedicated to engaging a community of teachers, developers, and supporters to unleash personalized learning with technology to educate all the students of the world." To achieve this aim they have curated curriculum based collections of resources, quizzes and assessment tasks.