Join Judy Steiner-Williams for an in-depth discussion in this video Researching the topic, part of Writing Research Papers.
…The first round of general research, help you decide on your idea to develop.…The next round of research will help you continue to narrow the focus, or…the specific direction of your topic,…and help give you a deeper understanding of that topic.…Let's assume, based on your preliminary reading.…You decide on the general topic of home schooling.…So, now the serious research begins, but where will you find additional…information and how should you evaluate and select from among all those sources?…Various research methods are available,…your ultimate goal is to have a variety of the best sources, the most credible ones.…
Using only one or two sources or using multiple sources from only one or…two authors, reduces the credibility of the research paper.…Who are the experts?…What information is current and how are the data collected?…Is the information in reputable magazines and journals?…Does the writer or researcher have any biases?…Often, our first inclination is to Google the topic.…Googling may help us get started, and some of the sources may be valid credible ones.…
- 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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