Tips for collecting and citing research material

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Tips for Collecting and Citing Research Material Avoid collecting research data and articles by the dozens. They all may seem useful, but may be repetitive and time consuming, without offering new, fresh content. Set up a time schedule and allow yourself only a block of time for research. Consider this portion of the Capstone a “mini - research report,” with the purpose of validating the need for your study. Each paragraph in Chapter 2 must have citations for all information taken from any outside source. No personal opinions or personal comments may be included. Only 10% of the chapter (maximum) should involve quotes. All quotes must be cited with page numbers; all paraphrased material must be cited, as well. Use APA for all but creative or literary topics, which use MLA format. Do not use Chicago School or any hybrid style of citations. Written Assignment 2, Part I and Part II This assignment has two parts, a review of the literature you have explored for your final project and an annotated bibliography of the sources listed. Consult the following information for an explanation of what this involves: Developing the Literature Review (This document can be found in the Appendix at the end of the syllabus.)
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S-22 Your draft of Chapter 2 should be structured according to the outline given below, which lists the different subheadings you need to include. Consult the explanations given for guidance regarding what information to include under each of these subheadings: Part I: Literature Review Write and submit a draft of Chapter 2, the Literature Review, including headings appropriate to the content. Take notes from the sources and organize them according to content themes. Introductory paragraph Begin with an introductory paragraph and place the informative thesis statement at the end of that first paragraph. The thesis statement is the major focus of the literature review chapter. All paragraphs relate in some way to that thesis statement. Body paragraphs Each body paragraph must begin with a topic sentence and end with a concluding sentence. See pp. 183-184 of the Writing the Winning Thesis or Dissertation textbook. Every paragraph must contain information you have read in sources. Do not use more than 10% quotes in the entire chapter. Every paragraph must have citations for all paraphrased information. Do not use any of your own opinions or experiences. This is purely information from researched sources. Concluding paragraph End with a concluding paragraph that begins with a restatement of your thesis sentence that you used in the introduction. Add nothing new to the conclusion. It is a summary of the body paragraphs. Note: Beware of inadvertent plagiarism. Do not use any wording or phrasing from the authors of your sources unless you place the words in quotation marks. Every idea MUST be cited, regardless of how you paraphrased the information. Please focus on the guidance provided by the OWL Web Site.
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