Join Judy Steiner-Williams for an in-depth discussion in this video Clustering, part of Writing Research Papers.
…You have most of your general research completed, and…may have an idea of what key areas you want to include in your research paper.…How do you convert these ideas in a logical plan?…Brainstorming is certainly one way to achieve this, but not the only way.…Another way is to cluster, spiderweb, or map the ideas.…All different names for the same process.…The advantage of this organizational method is that it allows you,…the writer, to see how the ideas connect.…
And you can put the sub-points on your main ideas as you progress.…This method can be helpful for…visual learners, those who like to see what's happening.…Couple disadvantages are that sometimes for…a long research paper, the bubbles get overwhelming.…And you are forced to immediately decide where each bubble should be placed.…Let's use the homeschooling versus public schooling example.…The big bubble in the middle would be the main topic, home and public schooling.…One offshoot would be flexibility.…
The three smaller bubbles,…which are the support points, would be adapt to individual learning styles,…
- Understanding the different types of research papers
- Researching the topic
- Brainstorming your focus
- Developing a thesis statement
- Writing topic sentences
- Composing a title
- Using a style guide
- Formatting your paper
Skill Level Appropriate for all
1. Examining Types of Research Papers
2. Preparing to Write
3. Writing the Paper
4. Citing Sources
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