Research Writing SY2006

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

6 Steps to Effective Paraphrasing

6 Steps to Effective Paraphrasing
1. Reread the original passage until you understand its full meaning.

2. Set the original aside, and write your paraphrase on a note card.

3. Jot down a few words below your paraphrase to remind you later how you envision using this material. At the top of the note card, write a key word or phrase to indicate the subject of your paraphrase.

4. Check your rendition with the original to make sure that your version accurately expresses all the essential information in a new form.

5. Use quotation marks to identify any unique term or phraseology you have borrowed exactly from the source.

6. Record the source (including the page) on your note card so that you can credit it easily if you decide to incorporate the material into your paper.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

The Quotation

From Purdue University, OWL website:

Short Quotations
Formatting quotations is covered on pages 117-121 in the Publication Manual.

To indicate direct quotations of fewer than 40 words in your text, enclose the quotation within double quotation marks. Provide the author, year, and specific page citation in the text, and include a complete reference in the reference list. Punctuation marks, such as periods, commas, and semicolons, should appear after the parenthetical citation. Question marks and exclamation points should appear within the quotation marks if they are a part of the quotation but after the parenthetical citation if they are a part of your text.


Practice quoting from your sources.

Using the Internet

Unit 5, Using the Internet, Searaching Beyond the Library

Choose at least 5 online articles found in academic online journals, online newspapers, online magazines, articles from government sources, etc. and create your bibliographic notes.

Use the following format when submitting your assignment:

Student Name:
Course: Research Writing
Assignment: Online Resources Bibliographic Notes

[1] Name of author (s)
Title of work
Details of Publications (Date, Name of Journal, Vol., or Pages)
What is the article about?(stating why source may be useful)

For example:

Allison Rossett, Felicia Douglis, and Rebecca V. Frazee
Strategies for Building Blended Learning
2003, Learning Circuits

This article talks about Blended learning as a strategy for delivering learning and performance. It also defines what Blended Learning in corporate contexts and enumerates the elements included in a blend.


Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Exercise: Choose the best research thesis

Exercise, choose the best research thesis.

Below are five exercises designed to improve your ability to select a good research thesis. Click on any letter to start the exercise.

A.Choose the Best Research Thesis

B.Choose the Best Research Thesis

C.Choose the Best Research Thesis

D.Choose the Best Research Thesis

E.Choose the Best Research Thesis
from ESC website

Writing a Thesis Statement

From Purdue University

"A thesis statement is a sentence (or sentences) that expresses the main ideas of your paper and answers the question or questions posed by your paper. It offers your readers a quick and easy to follow summary of what the paper will be discussing and what you as a writer are setting out to tell them. The kind of thesis that your paper will have will depend on the purpose of your writing. This handout will cover general thesis statement tips, explain some of the different types of thesis statements, and provide some links to other resources about writing thesis statements."

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How to generate thesis statements:

Q: “What are the potential benefits of using computers in a fourth-grade class?”

A: “The potential benefits of using computers in a fourth-grade class are . . . .”


A: “Using computers in a fourth-grade class promises to improve . . . .”

The answer to the question is the thesis statement for the essay.

For more go to Indiana University writing website, click here