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Martha Schwer
Madison Area Technical College

This paper is loosely based on primary research report organization.
It’s si...
 Use

the APA Manuscript Template in the
RESEARCH PROJECT main menu area;
save and rename the template on your
computer.
...
Compose a statement of the question to be
investigated, a brief statement of the general
method of approach to the problem...
This section tells the reader how and with what tools the
work was done. The methods and materials section of a
research p...
Identify and justify the criteria you selected
to determine which search strategy is best.
WHY are those criteria signific...
VERY important section!
Explain in paragraph format what you found
in all three searches. Give the raw data.
This section ...
Criteria

Google

Associates Plus
Database

Academic
Search Complete

Criteria 1: (e.g.
Quantity of
Results)
Criteria 2
Cr...
Argue your final answer to the research
question—which search strategy is best for
your topic search? The conclusion shoul...
 Type

the title at the top of the section
 Copy/paste or generate APA format
citations for all web pages or periodical
...
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  1. 1. Martha Schwer Madison Area Technical College This paper is loosely based on primary research report organization. It’s similar to (but different from) a lab report.
  2. 2.  Use the APA Manuscript Template in the RESEARCH PROJECT main menu area; save and rename the template on your computer.  Read and type in content relevant to your paper; type over the suggestions provided in the template.  Use section headings of Introduction, Methods, Discussion, Results, and Conclusions.  For examples, look at what your classmates submit in the Peer Review discussion forum.
  3. 3. Compose a statement of the question to be investigated, a brief statement of the general method of approach to the problem, and expected results. Explain what you imagined your answer to the research question would be before you did any searching at all.  Length: ½ page or so.
  4. 4. This section tells the reader how and with what tools the work was done. The methods and materials section of a research paper is often glossed over by many readers, but, in terms of the report, this section is crucial. Strike a balance between an over-detailed description of even the most trivial items and a very sketchy statement that provides insufficient information. The important guideline is that another student of similar training and ability, following your description, should get the same results. Note: This section should be written as a description of what you did, not as a set of instructions.  Length: ½ a page or so. 
  5. 5. Identify and justify the criteria you selected to determine which search strategy is best. WHY are those criteria significant, relevant, and fair when searching for information about your program of study?   Order the paragraphs from most important criteria to least important. Length: 1-2 pages, multiple unified and logically coherent paragraphs. Describe one criteria per paragraph.
  6. 6. VERY important section! Explain in paragraph format what you found in all three searches. Give the raw data. This section may contain a table with raw data presented side-by-side. (Example on next slide)   Don’t give the answer to the research question in this section Length: about 1-2 pages
  7. 7. Criteria Google Associates Plus Database Academic Search Complete Criteria 1: (e.g. Quantity of Results) Criteria 2 Criteria 3, etc.  Tables and Graphs are NOT self-explanatory; you need to explain data in the text of the results section.  Tables should be numbered and provided with a title.[e.g. Table 1: Comparison of Tools]
  8. 8. Argue your final answer to the research question—which search strategy is best for your topic search? The conclusion should explain your final decision and justify your reasoning. Your answer must follow from the results of your searches based on the criteria you selected.  Length: about 1 page
  9. 9.  Type the title at the top of the section  Copy/paste or generate APA format citations for all web pages or periodical articles you used in your paper.  Order entries alphabetically

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