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Writing & Research for Social Studies - Chapter Summary
Whether you're studying for an upcoming test, completing an assignment or preparing for a class discussion on the basics of writing and research for social studies, this chapter can help! Review lessons that are accessible 24/7 to enhance your knowledge of historical research, graphical representations, scientific graphs and more. Once you've completed this chapter, you will have the ability to:
- Define historical research and hypothesis testing
- Draw logical conclusions from experimental data
- Collect social research data using surveys
- Interpret graphical representations, and read scientific graphs and charts
- Write an outline, and quote, paraphrase and summarize research
- Use tables to summarize categorical data
- Support writing with evidence and examples
- Communicate social science information using various visual formats
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1. What is Historical Research? - Definition, Method & Steps
Doing historical research isn't as simple as solving a math problem. Instead, it requires just the right approach, or else you are likely to find a wrong answer. This lesson explains some common pitfalls, as well as the steps required to do good research.
2. What is Hypothesis Testing? - Definition, Steps & Examples
A proper hypothesis test consists of four steps. After watching this video lesson, you'll understand how to create a hypothesis test to help you confirm or disprove an assumption.
3. Drawing Logical Conclusions from Experimental Data
Experimental results are what scientists like to share with each other, but it's important to understand what those data mean. We do this in the final step of the experimental process, when we draw meaningful conclusions from the results we obtained.
4. Using Surveys to Collect Social Research Data
There are many techniques to collect information from people. In this lesson, we will explore some of the ways a researcher collects data, as well as looking at some of the risks and benefits.
5. Interpreting Graphical Representations
After watching this video lesson, you will be able to quickly and easily read and interpret any line and bar graph. You will be able to gather important information by just looking at one of these graphs.
6. How to Read Scientific Graphs & Charts
How do scientists summarize their findings with visual aids? In this lesson, explore the different types of tables, charts and graphs that scientists use. Learn to read these effectively as a preview to your science studies.
7. How to Write an Outline
Whether it's a doctoral thesis or high school essay, outlining is crucial to writing success. This lesson emphasizes the importance of outlines and specifically addresses the three most common outlines for writers to utilize.
8. 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.
9. Summarizing Categorical Data using Tables
Watch this video lesson to find out why data tables are an excellent way to summarize your categorical data. Learn what you need to do to your data before constructing a table and the two ways you can show your data.
10. Supporting Your Writing with Examples and Evidence
Watch this lesson to learn how to make strong arguments and write better papers by using evidence effectively. It's not just about piling on a bunch of facts!
11. Visual Formats for Communicating Social Science Information
This lesson explores types of visual images that can be used to support evidence and engage readers in social science research. We will look at examples of charts, maps, outlines, and diagrams, and then investigate ways they can be used in a paper.
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