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The Research Process - General

Important stuff to know before you embark on the research process

Shannon Simpson-Baldwin

on 30 June 2015

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Transcript of The Research Process - General

The Library
Turn it in!
Research Process @JHU
Interpret the Assignment
Select a Topic
Gathering Sources
Read Background Information
Annotated Bibliography
Refining Your Topic
Thesis Statement and Outline
1. Thesis in the first 2 paragraphs
2. Supporting paragraphs or statements in the middle
3. Restate thesis at the end
Write a Draft
Click the link and read through the page, picking out the important points of understanding an assignment:
The library is central to research and you will use it at almost every stage of the process. While we are chock full of books and articles and web material, we hope that you also remember that we're a group of research specialists that LOVE to help. Email, text, IM or drop by the reference desk whenever you need.
Sure we've got print books and journals, but you can also search and access electronic materials; eBooks, for instance, through the library website.
Some instructors in your college career will ask you to complete an annotated bibliography as part of the research process. This is good practice as part of writing a paper, even if you don't need to turn one in. See why in this short explanation of what an annotated bib, is.
Revise, Revise, Revise!
1. Print it and read it out loud

2.Have a friend or family member check for spelling and grammar

3. Check your citations for consistency
Repeat step 1 over and over until the paragraphs flow from one to the next, and the main points and thesis are clear. If it still feels lacking, go back and try to create a reverse outline again.
Click the link and read through the page noting the main points on writing a thesis statement.
Creating an outline is a great way to begin the writing process, but try this cool technique of the "reverse outline" from UNC. Watch the short video on this web page http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/reverse-outline/
1. Find, Collect & Record
2. Clarify and Refine
3. Organize Notes
4. Begin to think about thesis
Ask: Where do you have gaps?
What are you surprised to find?
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