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Engl 202 Febr.23

  1. 1. ENGL 202: Research Writing February,23 rd
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Going over some announcements </li></ul><ul><li>Book club sign in sheet </li></ul><ul><li>Literature Review due date </li></ul>
  3. 3. Announcements <ul><li>Internship </li></ul><ul><li>THE IUP SUMMER JOB & INTERNSHIP FAIR WILL BE HELD WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 FROM 11AM - 2PM IN THE HUB OHIO AND SUSQUEHANNA ROOMS. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Before writing your lit reviews <ul><li>Find at least six sources related to your research projects. </li></ul><ul><li>Read the articles (remember to do active reading) Take notes in the margins, write summaries, important quotes etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Read the easier articles first (see the abstract to see if this article is related to your topic. </li></ul><ul><li>The articles must be from professional journals. </li></ul><ul><li>See sample literature reviews in the articles. </li></ul><ul><li>http://web.pdx.edu/~dbls/HowtoWriteLiteratureReview.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.buseco.monash.edu.au/assets/images/qmanual/6-1.jpg </li></ul>
  5. 5. Next step in your research: Evaluation of Sources <ul><li>Bibliographic citations usually include three main components: author(s), title, and publication information. </li></ul><ul><li>You need to determine relevance and authority. This is one of the most important research skills in the research process. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Evaluating your sources <ul><li>1. Authority  What are the author's qualifications?  Is the document written on a topic in the author's area of expertise?  Is the author affiliated with an institution?  </li></ul><ul><li>2. Accuracy  Does the article cite its sources?  Are the conclusions justified and supported by evidence?  Is the information reliable and free of error? </li></ul><ul><li>3. Comprehensiveness  Are the topics explored in depth?  Does the information appear to be valid and well-researched?  Does the work update other sources?  Is the information useful or repetitious? </li></ul><ul><li>4. Validity  Does the author inform or persuade?  Is the language free of emotion-rousing words or bias? Does the author express a particular point of view? </li></ul><ul><li>5. Ease of use  Is the resource organized logically?  Are the main points clearly presented?  </li></ul>
  7. 7. Literature Review Directions <ul><li>Introduction: This is the overview of your topic. Introduce your topic and briefly explain why this is a significant or important area for study/research. In this section, you should also define any important terms you are using. </li></ul><ul><li>Summary and synthesis of articles: In a paragraph or two for each study, briefly explain the purpose, how it was conducted (how information was gathered), and the major findings. Compare the studies. </li></ul><ul><li>***When referring to an article, use the last name of author or authors and date of publication in the text. Example: Calvin and Brommel (1996) believe family communication . . .Communication serves two primary functions in families--cohesion and adaptability (Galvin and Brommel, 1996). </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion: Briefly summarize the major findings of the studies chosen. Identify the areas of controversy. Tell your readers how your study will further help us understand/examine this topic. </li></ul><ul><li>References: List at least six sources. List the studies according to APA style format. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Looking at sample literature reviews <ul><li>Read students literature reviews and write your feedback on the evaluation sheet </li></ul>
  9. 9. Assignments <ul><li>Literature reviews are due on Wed. (Feb.25 th ) </li></ul><ul><li>Sign up for the book discussions. </li></ul>