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EDUCATION: Writing and Presenting your work


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      Why Should you Cite your Sources

Giving credit to the original author by citing sources is the only way to use other people's work without plagiarizing. But there are a number of other reasons to cite sources:

  1. citations are extremely helpful to anyone who wants to find out more about your ideas and where they came from.
  2. not all sources are good or right -- your own ideas may often be more accurate or interesting than those of your sources. Proper citation will keep you from taking the rap for someone else's bad ideas.
  3. citing sources shows the amount of research you've done.
  4. citing sources strengthens your work by lending outside support to your ideas.

From Plagiarismdotorg

4th Year Research Assignment

Examples of Ph D Proposals


A student's proposal details the research that he or she is undertaking, offering a synopsis of the project and detailing the context and scope of the work. The proposal is an important indication of whether the student will manage the challenging task of completing the research and writing it up.

Acceptable lengths:

PhD, 8000 to 10000 words

M Ed by dissertation, 6000 to 7000 words

M Ed by coursework and research report, 3000 to 4000 words

B Ed Honours, 1500 to 2000 words

-- Extract from the booklet From application to graduation (Johannesburg: Wits School of Education, 2015)