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The Research Process

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HOW CAN I CONDUCT RESEARCH?
SYNTHESIZE:
What was assigned to me?
STEP
DEFINE YOUR POSITION
Are you being asked to write an
expository
(
exhibiting or explaining
) or
argumentative
(
arguing
) research paper?
How has your research informed your position?
Where do you stand?
What have you learned
How will you use it?




1. Introduction ------> thesis statement
2. Body paragraphs & Research sources
3. Conclusion
4. Works Cited/References
What useful information have I learned so far?
What can I learn about the topic?
THE RESEARCH PROCESS



I. Introduction:
Summary of Eagle Ford Shale's history and impact.

II. First issue:
The current and long-term effects of oil and gas related contamination.

III: Second issue:
The

Texas drought and local water distribution.

IV: Third issue:
The long-term energy strategies for Texas and the United States.

V: Conclusion:
Restate thesis and provide closure of points
covered. Also, look to the future and provide results.



STEP
REVISE AND GET FEEDBACK

Ask friends, classmates, and/or Writing Center tutors to review your work and consider their suggestions.
Once again....
RESEARCH IN 7 STEPS

1. ASK QUESTIONS
2. CONDUCT RESEARCH
3. SYNTHESIZE
4. DEFINE YOUR POSITION
5. OUTLINE
6. MAKE A DRAFT
7. GET FEEDBACK & REVISE
STEP
OUTLINE YOUR WORK



STEP
WRITE A DRAFT

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STEP
ASK USEFUL QUESTIONS
RESEARCH
QUESTIONS:
What is the prompt/topic?
How can I narrow the focus of my work?






Through researching, you learn the basics and background information of whatever it is you're researching.

Therefore, researching allows you, the writer and thinker, to form something out of what you've read and experienced.

Researching adds multiple perspectives, external insight, and a certain level of credibility and flavor to your work.

Bibliographies are assigned before the research paper to ensure research happens.
STEP
CONDUCT & READ THE RESEARCH

1. Search Killam Library's Catalog:
https://klc.tamu.edu/vwebv/searchBasic


2. Online resources: Google Scholar, JSTOR, for example (see more:
http://library.tamiu.edu/articles/databaseaz.asp

3. Primary resources: interviews, surveys, observations
Consider everything you've read and learned:
what are you thinking now?
what ideas do you have now?
STEP
SYNTHESIZE

1.Generalize from facts.
2.Combine knowledge from different areas
3.Make predictions
4.Draw conclusions.
"To combine [things] in order to make new" (Merriam-Webster 2014).
Synthesis searches for
links between materials
for the purpose of
constructing a thesis
or theory"(Drew University 1999).
WHY SHOULD I RESEARCH?
A STRATEGY FOR SYNTHESIZING DATA
Source:

Writing Today
(Sheenan & Paine)
RESEARCH IN 7 STEPS:
1. Ask questions
2. Conduct research
3. Synthesize
4. Define your position
5. Outline
6. Make a draft
7. Get feedback & revise
Search for useful information to build your paper (remember you can't read everything).
Develop your ideas into a structure.
EXAMPLE OF AN OUTLINE
PARTS OF A RESEARCH PAPER
Begin writing, citing, reading and rereading your work.

The research process can confuse and overwhelm many students.
Fortunately, here are seven steps to use for future research projects.
RESEARCH?!???!??
EXAMPLES OF RESEARCH TOPICS:
The United States & the future of immigrant children
Gender pay gap and/or minimum wage
Recent shootings in the United States: Elliot Rodger, Sandy Hook, Fort Hood
Internet privacy and/or government surveillance
The environmental impacts of current oil and gas development
Minority representation in television and film
Topic: The Eagle Ford Shale
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