Organise Quotes According to Sub-Questions

Painting depicting the charge of the light brigade.
Painting depicting the charge of the light brigade. Source:

Once you have gathered lots of information and quotes from a wide range of sources, you can start preparing your essay.


Do not start writing your essay straight away! Taking some time to organise all of your information into the right order will save time in the end and will help you to develop a sophisticated argument.


Read all of your quotes and sort them into categories according to the sub-question(s) they answer. Once you have all of the quotes for your first sub-question, then it is easier for you to see how you can use your sources to answer the question. Furthermore, organising them into groups can help you put them in the order you will use them in, give you a chance to delete ‘double-ups’ of information and irrelevant quotes.

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