Notes The foundation for a well-written research paper.
Don’t we know this already?
Then 2-3 pages 1 or 2 sources Organized by source 1 source per paragraph (or page) Wikipedia = OK Now 6-8pages 8+ REPUTABLE, ACADEMIC sources Organized by IDEA MULTIPLE sources per paragraph Wikipedia ≠ OK Research Papers
P.I.G. Policy paper Organized for you: Background, Legislation, Statistics, Viewpoints, Policy Recommendation Senior Thesis Original thesis Thesis: an unproved statement put forward as a premise in an argument Organized by subtopics CHOSEN by you All ideas are tied to your thesis Senior Thesis ≠ P.I.G. Paper
Do Put it in your own words. Keep track of your sources by color. Make note of page numbers. Indicate “direct quotes.” Differentiate between speaker and author. Take more notes than you think you need. Don’t COPY notes Take too few notes. No notes = no paper. Leave your citations for later. Notes Dos and Don’ts
Senior Thesis Notes
Detailed Notes = Detailed Outline
Senior Thesis Outline
Detailed Outline = Detailed Draft
Senior Thesis Draft
Detailed notes = detailed research paper Organize notes (sources) by COLOR Organize outline by SUBTOPIC / SUB-QUESTION Subtopics include multiple sources In-text citations indicate sources within paragraphs Recap
Put your Topic or Guiding Question at the top of your NOTES file. Create sub-topics OR copy the KEY QUESTIONS you selected on the gray sheet into your NOTES file. Record notes in the appropriate section. Use the Inquiry topics on the SENIOR THESIS page Web page (Projects & Research) to guide you to the best databases. Take notes in COLOR! Copy and paste the entire CITATION into your Notes page. Use COLOR here too. Google Docs - Notes