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    (Original post by nikk)
    Of course. Progress is made everyday within research...they don't wait until the major textbooks are about to publish their next edition before advancing our knowledge in any particular field

    Having said that, A-level textbooks probably don't contain as much cutting-edge stuff and so are likely to have a longer shelf-life (much of it was worked out some time ago and major changes are hence more unlikely). As you get more in-depth books, they contain much more details and recent ideas that are emerging from current research and hence more likely to become obsolete.

    We were told that if we want good grades in our essays then not to use textbooks (and definitely not the internet lol) as references. Only primary literature and peer-review articles.
    Hmm I guess...but you could use th einternet...as in updated reliable sites?
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    (Original post by Neo~)
    Hmm I guess...but you could use th einternet...as in updated reliable sites?
    If you are looking up primary literature on the internet via journal websites or whatever (which tend to be subscription only) then that is fine. But we aren't allowed to use internet sources for anything else...mainly because it is unreliable and could be written by anyone. From the impression I get, it also seems to be quite unprofessional looking to use internet sites as references.

    EDIT - it is good for learning though (i.e. this subforum!) hehe
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    (Original post by Neo~)
    Hmm I guess...but you could use th einternet...as in updated reliable sites?
    lol, no... you can use internet sources just don't reference them... it makes you look like a moron
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    (Original post by Revenged)
    lol, no... you can use internet sources just don't reference them... it makes you look like a moron

    :p: lol, yeah, that's the way to go Revenged!
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    (Original post by Revenged)
    lol, no... you can use internet sources just don't reference them... it makes you look like a moron
    Ah, ye ol' find references after you've written your essay eh?
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    (Original post by nikk)
    Ah, ye ol' find references after you've written your essay eh?
    the secret of success, lol
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    (Original post by tetedupet)
    Past papers are the key to a grade A at Biology A-level. Do as many as possible and then learn mark schemes, it is important to answer the questions in the style of the mark scheme. Learn answers for standard questions that are common. I know so many people who are good biologists, but they don't do past papers, and consequently only get Bs, even though the knowledge is there.
    Yeah, what he said.
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    (Original post by Dal)
    in my opinion, memorize the whole book... i am total crap at bio.. so, every night i read my bio text books in bed..i know it sounds really really sad.. and it is, but i ended up getting 100UMS for unit one and two...so i must have done something right?
    yeah its all abt hard work in biology ffs
 
 
 
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