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Research Methods Lecture 18 The Writing Process

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Transcript of Research Methods Lecture 18 The Writing Process

Style
Formal voice
No abbreviations
"lit review" should be "literature review"
Full sentences
Transitions between paragraphs and sections
NO PASSIVE VOICE!
First person?
Downplay the lingo
Prove yourself with your research rather than with defensive writing
Explanatory Footnotes
Footnotes are used for in-text citations whenever you quote or paraphrase a resource
SECOND time that you cite the same resource the footnote should have the author's last name, page #
If you cite the exact SAME source twice in a row (including same page number) you just list
Ibid
for the second footnote.
BUT they can also be used for explanation that would otherwise "break up" the flow of your paper
Definitions
Methodological discussions
"Dear reader" notes
Examples that aren't directly relevant but are interesting and tangentially important
When Writing
Word About Experts
There are some people who are legitimate experts in their respective fields who SHOULD, of course, cite their sources but who can still be used in the absence of those sources
You may want to include a CYA footnote but you can still use the resource
Make SURE the author is an expert--this you'll have to defend
Beginning the Writing Process
Outline, outline, outline
This is the most important pre-writing exercise you can do
The more detail, the better
Begin with your thesis statement
End with "what next?"
Answer your research question in the middle
Literature Reviews
Well done on the summaries of the theses and the conclusions
Well done in terms of how you'll use the research
Citations are MUCH better
Weak point: methodology
HOW was the research done?
Weak point: missing resources
Weak point: brevity
Weak point: formatting
Research Methods
PSCI 2024
Winter 2016
Dr. Courtney Thomas
Lecture 18: The Writing Process

Plan for the Week
Today: Thesis statement and outline due
Tomorrow: Methodology statement due
Wednesday: option of a rough draft
Thursday: nothing due (rough drafts returned by 5:00)
Friday: final papers due
One lecture each day for the rest of the week
Organization
Front Matter
Title
Name, class, date
Abstract
Body
Introduction
Thesis
Background/theory
Methodology
Analysis
Conclusion
What next?
Bibliography
Write in sections
Go back and work on transitions
Make sure that you have ALL the information that you need to defend your thesis statement
Do more research
Edit, edit, edit (we'll talk more about this on Thursday)
Methodology Statement
Due tomorrow (Tuesday) by 5:00
The methodology section of your final paper for comment and review
HOW did you do your research?
And since your answer is almost certainly "I read resources" you'll have to answer the question HOW did the authors you used in your research do THEIR research?
Methodology genealogy
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