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Title: Writing a Research Paper


1
Writing a Research Paper
  • Connect-to-the-World 2001

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Two main types of research papers
  • Analytical-uses evidence to analyze facets of an
    issueUpper level research
  • Research Question
  • Survey information
  • Evaluate sources
  • Add your own point of view

3
Argumentative paper
  • Uses evidence to convince the reader of your
    point of view or position on an issue (Pro/Con)
  • Argument sustained with evidence and reasons
  • This is your thesis

4
Critical Thinking
  • Evaluate the efficacy of the information yourself
  • Remain objective
  • Allow author to convince you of his argument

5
Topic
  • Take a topic which your professor suggests or
    assigns
  • Choose a subject which interests you
  • Have it approved by your professor

6
Thesis
  • Analytical paper - topic being investigated and
    analyzed
  • Argumentative paper - thesis statement-
  • point-of-view
  • In the initial stages of research, the thesis can
    be modified

7
Plagiarism
  • Buying, stealing or borrowing someone elses
    paper
  • Hiring someone to write your paper
  • Copying from another source without citing
  • Using the source too closely when paraphrasing
  • Building on someones ideas without citation

8
To avoid plagiarism
  • Mark everything that is someone elses words with
    a big Q (for quote) or with big quotations marks
  • Indicate in your notes which ideas are taken from
    sources (S) and which are your own insights (ME)
  • Record all of the relevant documentation
    information in your notes

9
Avoiding plagiarism (contd)
  • Write your paper without looking at your notes so
    that you use your own words
  • When you quote, keep the persons name near the
    quote
  • Re-write key ideas using different words and
    sentence structures than the original text

10
Need for Documentation
  • When you are using or referring to somebody
    elses words or ideas
  • When you use information gained through
    interviewing another person
  • When you copy the exact words or a unique
    phrase from something which you have read
  • When you reprint diagrams, charts, etc.

11
Starting your research
  • Know what kind of information you want
  • How current it should be
  • Read the indexes and table of contents of books
  • Critically read and evaluate sources
  • Where the material is published and the
    credentials of the author are very important

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http//www.uconn.edu/
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http//norman.lib.uconn.edu/NewSpirit/Databases/
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Note taking
  • When you are writing your notes, use a different
    colored pen to record the source information,
    quotations, and anything else you will have to
    cite (like a chart)
  • Dont just highlight pertinent information from
    your readings, write it out in your own words
  • Use cards or paper but separate sources

16
Start writing the paper
  • Read through all your notes
  • Make an outline (logical progression of similar
    items grouped together moving from general to
    specific
  • Put your notes away and write the paper from
    memory
  • Insert footnotes

17
Bibliography
  • List of the sources you used
  • It is important that you have the title, author,
    publication, date and page numbers for all your
    sources
  • Anything quoted has to have a source
  • MLA, APA, and Turabian style sheets are available
    in the library and a librarian is there to help
    you.

18
Finishing up
  • Read through your notes and your paper again to
    make sure that you didnt leave anything out.
  • You should have written something for every line
    of your outline
  • Consider your conclusion. Do you still agree with
    it?
  • Make sure that you have given credit for other
    peoples ideas
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