Join Judy Steiner-Williams for an in-depth discussion in this video Researching the topic, part of Writing a Research Paper.
- [Instructor] 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 homeschooling,…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…
- Give examples of descriptive writing.
- Differentiate between descriptive and argumentative papers.
- Identify reliable sources for accurate research.
- Plan your research paper using free writing.
- Develop a thesis statement.
- Create an annotated bibliography using various styles.
- Use transitions to move from one idea to another.
- Create a summary to recap the important points in a 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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