Your Research Paper

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Simple guide to beginning a research paper.

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Your Research Paper

  1. 1. YOUR RESEARCHPAPERSelecting a topic
  2. 2. Objective• Examine a broad research topic• Learn limiting techniques• Narrow to an interesting research question• Successfully locate quality articles
  3. 3. FirstThink about the topic What interests you about the subject? What aggravates you about it? Is it really true that… Is there something you want to know about the topic? It is much easier to write about something you care about!
  4. 4. SecondWrite down some keywordsUse the guidelines from instructor dates, databases, peer reviewed, pagesThis information will help you narrow your topic.
  5. 5. ThirdDecide where to look for articles Databases Search Engines• subscriptions • free to most• reviewed & evaluated • anyone can publish• dated material • not organized• corresponds to print • commercial• indexed • challenging to replicate search
  6. 6. FourthSelect a database
  7. 7. AcademicSearch Premier• Choose databases• Try keywords• Select a field• Check for full text• Limit by date• Limit by pages
  8. 8. Fifth – Have fun!• Continually refine your search• Switch keywords• Try a different databases• Use your critical thinking skills• Success is locating an article you can use

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