Subject: Essay Writing
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cademic Debate on the Subject
The academic debate on a topic is known as the 'secondary sources’. These are the subsequent
studies of the primary sources carried out by academics, and will help you understand the primary
sources themselves. These academics won’t always agree on their interpretation of the primary
sources. For example, one academic may think that one primary source is much older and more significant than another, or there may be a fundamental disagreement about how to interpret a primary source. Writing an essay will require you to become familiar with this debate. Often the debate will have taken place over many years, sometimes hundreds, and you will need to understand how the debate has developed and its current status. You will need to identify whether or not there is any sort of consensus on an issue. You may find that particular academic scholars typify a strand of thinking within such a debate. Often these secondary sources will be listed in your bibliography, and summarizing their views and possibly quoting key passages will be important in your essay. As you consider the academic debate you may find scholars whose position you agree with, or others with whom you strongly disagree. This leads us into the next skill being developed by essays, because in addition to an analysis of the primary and secondary sources your own opinion and line of argument need to come through in your essays. Primary sources are the original materials upon which all interpretations and subsequent studies are based. Secondary sources are the subsequent studies and interpretations by academics and others over the following years (sometimes many hundreds of years; it is not a primary source just because it is old). Sources are many and varied and link appropriately to your chosen subject. For example, for an English Literature student primary sources will include novels, poetry and other literature. For a History student they will include diaries, letters and government papers. At university level your essays are expected not just to survey academic opinion but to begin to evaluate it and make judgments on it. Try to ensure that your essay:
shows awareness of a range of opinions and arguments;