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will I get more marks if I only use academic books(more than the required amount)? for example, the uni says to use at least 6 academic books and the rest journals, but then I use only books and no journals.
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will I get more marks if I only use academic books(more than the required amount)? for example, the uni says to use at least 6 academic books and the rest journals, but then I use only books and no journals.
If the journal articles are relevant why wouldn't you use them?
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If the journal articles are relevant why wouldn't you use them?
i would use them of course but I am asking if I would get more marks if I used only textbooks,relevant textbooks
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i would use them of course but I am asking if I would get more marks if I used only textbooks,relevant textbooks
No you wouldn't.
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will I get more marks if I only use academic books(more than the required amount)? for example, the uni says to use at least 6 academic books and the rest journals, but then I use only books and no journals.
Hiya lalalandoo,

I would recommend to always include a range of resources, especially if your university has stated to included academic books and journals.

I find using Google Scholar is best for articles. You can type in your topics of interest and then Google Scholar suggest lots of suitable articles from different websites such as Science Direct, Research gate, Springer, Sage Publishing and Elsevier. There are lots to chose from Plus its great practice as you will start to focus on research articles and journals a lot throughout your degree.

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will I get more marks if I only use academic books(more than the required amount)? for example, the uni says to use at least 6 academic books and the rest journals, but then I use only books and no journals.
You aren't really normally being marked on what is in your bibliography, you're being marked on how you use that in your essay. Provided it's used in a relevant way, you've referenced it correctly, and the text is an appropriate academic source, it doesn't matter whether it's a book or journal article. Depending on your field as well as the above Brill and JSTOR can be good resources for searching for academic material (particularly for non-STEM courses).

I would note in that vein as well, the exact composition of your bibliography will probably depend somewhat on your field; STEM fields tend to using more journal articles, while humanities fields tend to using more academic books for referencing, in my experience. Also the "use by date" of material is quite different in different fields; in most STEM fields anything older than 5-10 years is often getting to be a bit too out of date to use as a reference except for historical/"culture" background. In the humanities though some of the things you might reference could over a century old and still very relevant!
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