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reflective essay references

Hi! I have a question.
So I submitted a 4000 word reflective essay 3 days ago and used 20 references.
Is this a good amount or should I have used more?
Would the amount of references affect my overall results?
Original post by Anonymous
Hi! I have a question.
So I submitted a 4000 word reflective essay 3 days ago and used 20 references.
Is this a good amount or should I have used more?
Would the amount of references affect my overall results?

The number of references you have has no effect on your essay grade. As long as all the references are relevant it should be fine.
Original post by Anonymous
Hi! I have a question.
So I submitted a 4000 word reflective essay 3 days ago and used 20 references.
Is this a good amount or should I have used more?
Would the amount of references affect my overall results?


Hi!

In both my undergrad and postgrad reflective essays I found it difficult to gain references and my tutor always said this is common. Also, your grade shouldn't depend on the amount of references. In my opinion the amount of references you have put should be more than enough as long as you have referenced and cited appropriately. This is because reflective essays are based a lot on your own experience which you can't really reference.

I hope this helps!
Best wishes
Chloe - Official Student rep :smile:
This sounds like a good amount of references to use, as it is a reflective essay. So it relies more on your experiences of events, needing more critical thinking than needing to be backed up be references.

If it was a normal 4000 word essay then 30-40 references would be best, but you're fine for a reflective piece :smile:

- Rosie
Reply 4
Original post by Anonymous
Hi! I have a question.
So I submitted a 4000 word reflective essay 3 days ago and used 20 references.
Is this a good amount or should I have used more?
Would the amount of references affect my overall results?


In my uni, we are advised to have a minimum of 10 references for every 1000 words essay for BSc programmes. So you will working towards 40 for a 4000 words essay at my uni
Reply 5
The quality and appropriateness of the sources is more important than the quantity. And how well they're used within the report / essay. And meeting any minimum required number obvs.
(edited 10 months ago)
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Original post by Anonymous #1
Hi! I have a question.
So I submitted a 4000 word reflective essay 3 days ago and used 20 references.
Is this a good amount or should I have used more?
Would the amount of references affect my overall results?

you can use any amount

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