The list of
sources used in the course science is arranged in such a way that nothing is
created from scratch. Each discovery is based on the writings of predecessors.
In academic work, the share of the personal invention of the author is even
lower than in other types of research. In order for a work not to be recognized
as plagiarism, it is necessary to indicate whose works were used in its
The list of
sources serves other purposes: The number of sources allows you to assess how
seriously the author approached the writing coursework. If he studied 2-3
textbooks, the look will be superficial and one-sided. For coursework usually
requires at least 15-20 points in the list of references. The authors and the
type of publications allow us to understand how authoritative and reliable
information is contained in the term paper.
speech has led to the fact that there are many unlicensed journals and books in
which everyone can write what they want (at least, “Theory of Flat
Earth”). Particularly high risk to get unverified (or knowingly false)
information on the Internet. At the same time, there are serious publications
that the scientific community trusts. Years of publication give an idea of
the relevance of information. Example 6 If the newest source is dated to the
last century, the work is guaranteed not to reflect the latest trends in the
issue under consideration. Sometimes students are directly forbidden to use
sources older than 3-5 years – this approach is fundamentally wrong, since it
excludes classics from viewing (not always reprinted regularly, but which does
not lose value), and also makes it difficult to describe the historical
transformation of views from primary sources.
it can be said that the laws should be used in the current edition (with the
exception of historical analysis). The sources mentioned in the list should be
referred to in the text.