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  • 1. Leigh Zeitz Seminar: Writing a Graduate Paper
  • 2.
    • Provide focus for your research
    • Provides reason for your review to explore a range of answers
  • 3.
    • Identify your topic:
    • The ultimate effect of music-listening while studying on grades.
    • Add an interrogative pronoun to the beginning to make it a question.
    • What is the ultimate effect of music-listening while studying on grades?
  • 4.
    • Not a Definition
      • What does “Flipping a class” mean?
    • Not Yes or No
      • Is incorporating technology into college instruction educationally sound?
    • Not Biased
      • How can using technology in college improve instruction?
  • 5.
    • Not too wordy
      • What will be the effects of using technology in college classes upon students’ abilities to better comprehend the actual information that the professors are sharing?
    • Not too wide sweeping.
      • What are the intellectual, emotional and logistical effects of incorporating technology into college instruction?
  • 6.
      • Topic:
        • Technology use in colleges & universities
      • Broad Question:
        • Is incorporating technology into college instruction educationally sound?
        • How about:
  • 7.  
  • 8.
    • More specific but based upon general question:
    • What are the effects of incorporating technology use in colleges & universities?
      • What are the effects on student involvement when using Twitter in a political science class?
      • How does social media affect the connections between teachers and students in large introductory undergraduate courses?
  • 9.
    • Technology use in colleges and universities:
      • Is learning through distance education as effective as learning in a live classroom?
      • Do today’s faculty support the use of research using the Internet?
      • What methods of integrating technology into the curriculum have been demonstrated to be effective nationally?
  • 10.
    • Write down your research topic
    • Turn your topic into a broad research question.
    • Create at least 3 sub-questions that more specifically address your topic/question.
  • 11.
    • Identify at least 4 keywords/phrases in your question(s) and write them down.
    • Open Google Scholar and enter them individually. How many hits did it return?
    • Mix and Match your terms to refine your search.
    • Continue this process and Diigo/Don’t Print the articles that appear interesting.
      • Include “eits2010” as one of the tags.
  • 12.
    • Search the Internet
      • Google Scholar
    • Search UNI Library – Panther Prowler
      • Education category
      • ERIC (US DOE and EBSCO)
    • Ask the Reference Librarian
      • 273-2838
  • 13.
    • Interview knowledgeable people
    • Talk with your professors and colleagues
    • Read related blogs and wikis
    • Follow related Twitter #hashtags
    • Join online group at Google, Classroom 2.0
    • ???????
  • 14.
    • Technology in Colleges and Universities