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Its difficult to say what a 1st from one institution is compared with to another uni, as they are all difficult degrees!!
Approach the end of your degree then test the water and apply for some projects, and see what they say. Then look at the possibility of a masters, if you have a 1st and a masters you are very well lined up for a PhD.
Do you have any work experience relevent to your field?
Ok, look at the times ed tables for the universities, you will find your answer to how good john moores is. Then again, don't let that put you off, I went to a former polytechnic, similar in reputation to john moores, and I'm doing a PhD. I did a masters though as I didn't manage a 2:1
Katq, in my field, I need to refer back to the first works in the area, and so some references are old (1950's) but this is the 'story telling' of research, using principles and theory that have been around for ages, whereas 95% of the references are from the last few years. You shouldn't base your research entirely on old references (i.e. your reference list shouldn't be predominantly pre 2000).
Golfpro, you are still missing the point. If you are going to put your own ideas about, you need to substantiate them with references (which argue your point) and if possible actual experimental data.
Katq, your introduction should really be an intro to the work, and a review of the current literature, so nearly all the references will be here. So you don't need to worry about that.
Asking how many references to use is like asking how long a piece of string is. The number of references depend on several things-
1. The popularity of your area (if there are tons of papers in this area, then you will inevitably find more references)
2. How in depth you are going (as its an undergrad dissertation with a 6000 word limit, you will not be going as in depth as if you were writting a PhD literature review, or a critical review paper)
3. Its not the reference list that earns you marks, its the quality of your work, so don't just add references to make the list get longer.
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