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Critical Essays

SparkNotes

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Free study guides for a huge number of texts.
www.sparknotes.com - 75 Visits - 11 Votes
ClassicNotes

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Summaries and analysis of a range of texts.
www.gradesaver.com/ classic/ ClassicNotes.html - 53 Visits - 5 Votes
Novel Guide

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Free literary analysis.
www.novelguide.com/ - 37 Visits - 3 Votes
SQA Candidate Guide - Critical Essays

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Advice and tips for the Critical Essays examination; given by the SQA.
www.sqa.org.uk/ sqa/ sqa_nu_display.jsp?pContentID= 2695&p_applic= CCC&p_service= Content.show& - 46 Visits - 4 Votes
Proof Reading @ Essay start

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This site contains some great advice which can't really be used in the exam in the timescale they suggest but do this before the exam and you will become used to it and so can do a shorter version during the exam.
www.essaystart.com/ Articles/ Proof_an_Essay.htm - 16 Visits - 2 Votes
Was Hamlet Mad? For/Against

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Discussion of whether or not Hamlet was mad.
www.compusmart.ab.ca/ hamlet/ washemad.htm - 6 Visits - 3 Votes
How to Memorise a Poem

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Will help in writing critical essays.They do go to the extremes with their advice here though!
www.essaystart.com/ Articles/ Memorizing_Poems.htm - 33 Visits - 2 Votes
Help for Higher English Essays

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A fantastic site detailing what exactly an English essay is and how to structure them.
www.essaystart.com/ Kinds_of_Essays/ english_Essays.htm - 80 Visits - 4 Votes
Lecture on Hamlet

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An Interesting Lecture on Hamlet
www.mala.bc.ca/ ~johnstoi/ eng366/ lectures/ hamlet.htm - 5 Visits - 3 Votes
Mistakes in Proof Reading

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Valuable advice for the exam
www.essaystart.com/ Step_by_Step_Guide/ proof_Reading.htm - 10 Visits - 2 Votes
Higher English Survival Guide

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General notes for several different aspects of the higher english course.
www.rsc-ne-scotland.ac.uk/ map2learn/ mindmaps/ Survival%20Guide/ Survival%20Guide%203/ - 35 Visits - 3 Votes
Essay start- Critical essay

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Please note that the "English essay" section of this site is more appropriate to Higher English.This path gives a more advanced and less well defined view of what a critical essay is.
www.essaystart.com/ Kinds_of_Essays/ critical_Essays.htm - 20 Visits - 2 Votes
Essay Structure

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This is how to structure any essay but please do ignore the point of having a thesis. In English critical essays think of the thesis as being what you are writing about and your opinion of the text rather than a theory.
www.essaystart.com/ Step_by_Step_Guide/ outline.htm - 16 Visits - 2 Votes

Close Reading

SQA Candidate Guide - Close Reading

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Advice and tips for the Close Reading examination; given by the SQA.
www.sqa.org.uk/ sqa/ sqa_nu_display.jsp?pContentID= 2639&p_applic= CCC&p_service= Content.show& - 24 Visits - 3 Votes
Close Reading Tips @ Essay start

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I do not advocate (approve of) all the methods in these tips but they may benefit some students.
www.essaystart.com/ inner/ reading_Tips.htm - 15 Visits - 2 Votes

Textual Analysis

Very Basic Help With Textual Analysis

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Some questions to ask yourself when analysing text
www.engl.niu.edu/ wac/ txtanal.html - 15 Visits - 2 Votes

Creative Writing

Personal Essays @ Essay start

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Advice on how to do personal essays- a sample essay is provided to show you how these essays are structured.
www.essaystart.com/ Kinds_of_Essays/ narrative_Essays.htm - 9 Visits - 2 Votes

General Links

Essay help (with some reading tips)

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This is a fantastic site but some of the information is irrelevant, I would advise you to use the more topic specific links I have provided.Please note that in the Step-by-step essay guide the thesis section is irrelevant but all other sections are useful. The "body" and "conclusion" sections develop how to structure an essay in terms of thesis but are VERY USEFUL. For these just think of the thesis as being the points covered in the intro/summary
www.essaystart.com/ index.htm - 11 Visits - 2 Votes
GM school Higher revision English notes

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A great list of general higher english notes.
gm-school.com/ Higher/ download.php?list.3 - 9 Visits - 3 Votes
Complete Works of William Shakespeare

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Excellent resource, has all of Shakespeare's plays in full.
www-tech.mit.edu/ Shakespeare/ - 6 Visits - 3 Votes
teachit

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Great basic notes for english.
www.teachit.co.uk/ - 8 Visits - 2 Votes
Cliffs Notes

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Another notes site - has free versions of the ones you can buy in the shops.
www.cliffsnotes.com/ WileyCDA/ - 8 Visits - 2 Votes
BBC Bitesize English

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General help on Close Reading and Essay Wiritng Techniques
www.bbc.co.uk/ scotland/ learning/ bitesize/ higher/ english/ - 14 Visits - 2 Votes