Citing sources in A level englishWatch
I know if you read a critical article you need to cite the Critic if you use anything and you need to make it clear you used a quote.
But this confused me for a few reasons
1) what counts as a critical Article. Do I need to cite it if I used spark notes Or a revision guide? Or are critical articles different.
2) how much do you need to cite? According to spark notes the amount you need to cite is quite a lot and I can’t imagine remembering that for an exam on top of all the other stuff I need to remember.
3) Can I get in trouble plagiarism if I use a point that I thought of myself that’s also Used somewhere else. Some Websites have very basic points that any good student should know like “x is a Weak character”. If I say that in the exam and it happens to be on another website but I didn’t cite the website can I get in trouble?
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2. Not sure, it depends on different specs. You'll be able to find the assessment objectives on your spec for how much is critical interpretations worth. You don't need to remember it word for word, you could be like "critic x said character y was.... because..." or you could even say "a feminist critic would believe that..." Most people do remember a couple of quotes though.
3. The examiner is highly unlikely to know. Using an idea you found on sparknotes is fine, you don't need to credit sparknotes. But it'd help if you credited an academic journal or article you used because that could go towards your critical interpretations mark.