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Dec 14, 2012 (4 years and 8 months ago)

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Research
Paper

Introductory stuff

Research requires:


Asking good, then better, then best
questions


Searching for answers/resources


Evaluating sources of info/ideas


Reading


Evaluating info/ideas


Collecting/organizing resources/info


Process at a glance:


Question


Search


Read


Organize


Write

Definitions

Subject
:
a BROAD
category or area of
study



(NOT the topic of your paper)

Subject examples:


Russia’s economic
troubles


Rain forests


Illegal immigration

Definitions

Topic
:
a NARROW,
CLEARLY
-
DEFINED area
of interest.



(NOT the topic of your paper)

Topic examples:


The role of U.S. policies in the
collapse of the Russian economy


The effect of U.S. policies on the
depletion of rain forests in South
America


The effect of illegal immigration
on unemployment in the
Southwest

Definitions


Thesis:

a general statement
that announces the major
conclusions you reached through
thoughtful analysis of all your sources.


(THIS is the focus of your paper and what it will spend
the rest of its pages proving)

Thesis examples:

In the 80s and 90s, former Russian president
Mikhail Gorbachev implemented a
decentralized and market
-
neutral economic
reform model that not only undermined
Russia’s short
-
term chances for economic
growth but also compromised the country’s
ability to sustain and grow its own industrial
base resulting
in a collapsed Russian
infrastructure and a severe encumbrance
on the world’s trade economy.

Definitions

Hypo
thesis
:
a prediction,
made before you begin reading
sources (and one that may shift as you
read) regarding what you believe you
will discover through your research



Opinions change. It’s okay.

Topic selection


Start with a question

it
will guide your research


Ask more specific,
compelling questions as
you proceed

Topic selection


The best topics have no
simple solutions


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olworld.com/webpages
/JWhite11/class_info.cfm


READ

and
take notes


Keep

your
hypothesis in mind
, but
look for
sources that disagree


READ

and
take notes


Wikis are only good for general info and
locating BETTER resources


READ

and
take notes


Capture bibliographic
info RIGHT THEN!!


READ

and
take notes


The
more and more varied
your
sources

are,
the
better
.


Books


Periodicals


Internet


Online periodical index


Audiovisual


Field research


Self
(see Mrs. White first)

Digital search strategies:


.
com


.org


.net


.
gov


.
uk


.
edu


.mil

Suspicious sources:


No author


No title


No copyright


No bibliography


No independent source
backers


Unprofessional language

Digital search strategies:


Type your hypothesis


Type key words only


Boolean search: AND, NOT,
OR



Genetic engineering AND corn


Genetic engineering NOT agriculture


Genetic engineering OR corn


Genetics AND corn NOT livestock

Capturing bibliographic data


Do it.


Be thorough.


Be consistent.


Don’t lose it.

Capturing bibliographic data


Author (all of them, editors, too


Title of article (in “ “)


Title of source (book, mag, newspaper,
website, webpage)


Website/page sponsor


Copyright (correct one)name and
date



Print sources: page numbers and publication data


Digital sources: date of access, PDF or webpage



Got sources? Got info?


READ

What to notice while reading:


Relevance of content


Currency of content


Depth of content


Bias of content


Reliability of content


Coverage of content


Primary v. secondary v. tertiary

Tomorrow:


MEET in library
(better have your login up
-
to
-
date or
you’ll lose an automatic 10 points)


EBSCO lesson and
data/bib collection

Thursday:


MEET in Writing
Lab
(better have your login up
-
to
-
date or you’ll lose another automatic 10
points)


Research all hour

Friday


Meet in CLASSROOM


Note taking tools
(15
pts
)


Summary, paraphrase,
direct quote lesson and
practice


Bring your raw source
material

Friday


First 15 “note
cards” due
before you leave
class
(30 points)

Monday

1.
4
5
GOOD

note
“cards” due
(
9
0 points)

2.
5
GOOD

source
“cards” due
(15
pts
)

Let’s work on
good
research
questions…

Good question:


Fresh and interesting


Complex solutions/answers


Multiple, credible viewpoints held by
experts


Holds significance beyond your
bubble


Good amount of independent
research to support claims


How to question:


How does it fit into larger system?


How does it affect other entities?


What has been done already?


Short
-

and Long
-
term benefits/issues


Historical context?


Precedent?


Ask “what if?”


Take the opposite stance and argue


Who cares?

How to question:


What do
you

want to know?


How? Why? What if? To what degree?
In the future? In a different location?
In a different culture? In a different
era?

Question template:

I am studying
_________________________


because I want to find out


(how/who/what/when/where/whether/why)



___________________________________ .

Question template:

I am studying
Russian economy
over last 40 years

because I want to find out

(
how
/who/
what
/when/where/
whether
/
why
)


Why

it hurt the
Global

Economy,
whether

or not its new direction will
help to
resolve

the
g
lobal
e
conomic
crisis, and if so,
how
this will happen
.

Your turn…