15 sources, not enough for a 2000 word essay?

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I'm a mature student and I've just received my first 2 assessments back One marked as a 2:2, the other as a high 2:1.The approach I used was to look at the primary sources ,suggested ,then I added a few other sources (including articles and audio clips ). I think I quoted from some but then also used others but just to show where my 'thought process ' was coming from .I used about 10 different sources in the 2,000 word essays .
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(Original post by Elizabeth Harris)
I'm a mature student and I've just received my first 2 assessments back One marked as a 2:2, the other as a high 2:1.The approach I used was to look at the primary sources ,suggested ,then I added a few other sources (including articles and audio clips ). I think I quoted from some but then also used others but just to show where my 'thought process ' was coming from .I used about 10 different sources in the 2,000 word essays .
Sorry so what is your question?
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(Original post by alleycat393)
Sorry so what is your question?
whether 15 sources enough in 2k essay

i try to get as many as possible down but ensure good quality
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It's not to do with the absolute number of sources, but rather, your dexterity in the handling of those sources and your construction of your argument. Otherwise you're just repeating back a shopping list of references that was previously provided to you. Personally, I think 15 is a bit light, but a good writer can put a good case using original analysis and interpretation with only 3, fully-trawled references.
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As above, it is all about the argument and the depth in which you delve into each resource. Depends on the discipline, too. In mine (philosophy), I'd be very wary of a 2000 worder that had 15 sources and I tell my students that that amount is overkill - you just can't sufficiently engage with that many sources in such a short space. I never used more than 5 until my dissertations, which topped out at 12. All changed with the PhD, of course :laugh:
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