Week 9 - Investigating and Researching

Week 9 - Investigating and Researching - Unit 3...

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Unit 3 Investigating and Researching   Week 9
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Developing a research proposal (LBH, Chapter 42) Overall, you have three weeks from start to finish to complete your research project. That may sound like a lot of time, but it’s not, and you know it will move by quickly. So, the first step in this process is to map out a schedule for completing your research project. Some key steps in the process are Identifying possible topics Researching Pre-writing Drafting Revising
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Pg. 560 in the LBH offers a good, detailed checklist of steps.
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Your research proposal During Week 9, you’ll need to submit in WebTycho your research topic. During Week 10, you’ll need to submit in WebTycho an annotated bibliography. During Week 11, you’ll need to submit a draft of your research project.
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Choosing a good subject/topic A good research topic usually requires research just to identify a topic. Sometimes, when you conduct preliminary research, you discover “holes” in the research that even scholars admit warrant further attention. What are the hot topics in your major? What topics are generating a lot of controversy or debate? What are some popular, controversial, or recently published theories in your major? Where are the holes in the research? What topics demand further research and inquiry?
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The last thing you want to do is write about a topic that has been beaten to death.
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Other factors to consider when developing a research topic (LBH, pgs. 561-564) Are there ample sources of information about the topic? For example, if the topic is very recent or obscure , you may struggle to find literature about the topic. Is there a diversity of sources about the topic? Are only
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This note was uploaded on 09/23/2010 for the course WRIT 200 taught by Professor O'neil during the Spring '10 term at Arizona Western College.

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