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Research Writing Basics - Chapter Summary
Enhancing your understanding of research writing basics is easy with help from this chapter. Top instructors can ensure you fully grasp how to make works cited pages and in-text citations, gather information from media and digital sources, cite textual evidence to support analysis and more. Once you've finished this chapter, you will be ready to:
- Select and refine a research topic
- Write research questions
- List tips for locating research materials
- Evaluate sources for credibility, worth and reliability
- Quote, paraphrase and summarize research
- Use information from multiple sources in an essay
- Define a bibliography and explain when one should be written
This chapter features a self-paced format that allows you to study whenever your schedule permits. Feel free to choose the lessons you want to study and visit as often as you'd like! As you navigate the lessons, be sure to take multiple-choice quizzes to check your understanding of main concepts. For a broader review of this chapter, take the comprehensive practice exam.
1. Selecting & Refining a Research Topic
Ever struggle to choose a topic for a research project? This lesson gives a simple five-step process to not only choosing a topic but refining it to an appropriate focus.
2. Writing Research Questions: Purpose & Examples
What is a research question, and why is it important to get it right? This lesson will explore one way to write a research question, which guides a researcher in designing his or her experiment.
3. Tips for Locating Research Materials
The process of preparing a research paper for academic or employment purposes can be a difficult task. There are some basic tips for how to locate research materials such as online, books, periodicals, etc.
4. Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth
It's important to have information that is reliable, credible, and worthwhile in your speech. Sometimes, it's hard to determine these factors. This lesson will help you!
5. Gathering Information From Media & Digital Sources
Learn how to find appropriate sources online and where to start looking. Learn how to evaluate the usefulness and reliability of the source materials you find online.
6. Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research
Quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing are three important skills to master for writing in the academic and business world. These skills will help support claims and add credibility to your work.
7. How to Use Information from Multiple Sources in an Essay
Writing an academic paper requires researching and including sources. But how do you use your sources? How should they be included in your paper? This lesson will discuss using multiple sources correctly.
8. How to Make In-Text Citations
With this lesson, you'll get to know the basics of creating in-text citations. We'll go over both MLA and APA style parenthetical citations and how to use them to cite different types of sources.
9. How to Make a Works Cited Page
You will have to cite your sources properly whenever you borrow words or ideas for a paper. One part of proper citation is the Works Cited page. This lesson shows you how to put one together.
10. What Is a Bibliography and When Should I Write One?
In this video we are going to cover what a bibliography is, why they are used, various types of bibliographies, how to create a bibliography, and when to know if you should use a bibliography.
11. Citing Textual Evidence to Support Analysis
In this lesson, we're going to learn how to analyze a text and cite evidence to support an analysis. We'll also learn the difference between quotations, paraphrases, and summaries, and we'll talk about how to give credit where credit is due.
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