Tutor profile: Jenny H.
What is the best way to write a research paper?
The best place to start when writing a research paper is to do some perfunctory research to get a general idea of the topic. From there, you should be able to form your thesis, which is the purpose or position of your paper. Once you have a thesis, it is very important to create an outline for your paper. The outline will detail the flow of the paper and will organize the topic and arguments into logical sections based on the thesis. For instance, we start with the introduction where we present the thesis and then make the claims to support the thesis. Each claim will become its own section with supporting evidence and research, followed by the conclusion which will summarize the points and reiterate the thesis. Once the outline is complete, a large portion of time will be spent researching and organizing findings from research. I often find color coded flash cards, one color for each argument, to be extremely helpful. A rough draft follows, with many potential rewrites and finally the creation of a works cited page or bibliography.
Subject: Study Skills
What is the best way to study for an exam?
The best way to study for an exam totally depends on you and the exam. It is important to assess your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to test taking and building off them. There are great tools like flash cards, pneumonic devices, and practice questions that we can use to help you get the most out of the time you spend studying.
Subject: Library and Information Science
How can I research information on a specific topic?
When gathering information it can be very important to find a variety of information sources to ensure that your research is robust and diverse. This could include books, e-books, scholarly articles, periodicals, and the internet. The internet can be a great jumping off point, but it is always important to evaluate information found online. To make sure the information is credible it is important to look at the source, the author, publication date, and references, among other criteria. You can also use the internet to access databases, from your school or library, where you can find articles and resources. Creating a strong search using limiters, keywords and Boolean operators like AND, OR, and NOT will achieve the best results. You can also apply these strategies when searching for books and e-books in your library’s catalog. Once you have found the print materials you need, be sure to look at the index to find the pages that address your specific topic of interest. The references listed in the bibliography can also help you to find more materials on your subject.
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