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I am currently in the final stage of typing up my personal statement (basically reading it through, making slight alterations etc), and I have made what could be a glaring mistake. I have not added any form of reference(s) to journals or studies in my personal statement. Am I at a disadvantage if I do not add references, and is it worth taking more time on my personal statement and researching journals/studies so I can add citations?
(If it helps, I am a returning student after graduating and working for six years and the masters field is Forensic Psychology.)
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You don't need refs for your PS. You will need people who can act as your referees for your application though.
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I am currently in the final stage of typing up my personal statement (basically reading it through, making slight alterations etc), and I have made what could be a glaring mistake. I have not added any form of reference(s) in my personal statement. Am I at a disadvantage if I do not add references, and is it worth taking more time on my personal statement and adding references?
(If it helps, I am a returning student after graduating and working for six years and the masters field is Forensic Psychology.)
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Sorry, I probably worded that wrong. I meant academic references/quotes from journals and studies.
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You don't need refs for your PS. You will need people who can act as your referees for your application though.
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No I understood what you meant and the answer is no.
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Sorry, I probably worded that wrong. I meant academic references/quotes from journals and studies.
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I just reread your reply, my bad. Thank you for the swift advice.
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No I understood what you meant and the answer is no.
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Good luck!
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I just reread your reply, my bad. Thank you for the swift advice.
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(Original post by MorbidThumbs)
I am currently in the final stage of typing up my personal statement (basically reading it through, making slight alterations etc), and I have made what could be a glaring mistake. I have not added any form of reference(s) in my personal statement. Am I at a disadvantage if I do not add references, and is it worth taking more time on my personal statement and adding references?
(If it helps, I am a returning student after graduating and working for six years and the masters field is Forensic Psychology.)
why would you put a reference in your PS, normal practice is you provide details of either 1 academic/1 professional or 2 academic references directly into the application portal and the Uni will reach out to your references directly.
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I meant reference as in quotes referring to journal/studies etc, not the character references that I am using. I think I need to edit my post.
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why would you put a reference in your PS, normal practice is you provide details of either 1 academic/1 professional or 2 academic references directly into the application portal and the Uni will reach out to your references directly.
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(Original post by MorbidThumbs)
I meant reference as in quotes referring to journal/studies etc, not the character references that I am using. I think I need to edit my post.
A personal statement isn't an academic report, i wouldn't bother with formal citations. If you used 1 or 2 quotes just make it clear where the source is in the surrounding sentence. I wouldn't expect many quotes/citations needed. Its a personal statement if you've used like 5+ references then i'd wonder if you actually have written the write type of essay.

I didn't use any references on any uni applications at undergrad, masters or phd level.
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If you are applying for the qualifying course in forensic psych, you should talk about how you have applied psychological theories. So you could say 'Based on Smith (2017), I...' or 'based on the theory regarding X...'
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