ENG 123 Study Guide - Spring 2018, Comprehensive Midterm Notes - Mla Style Manual, Yinpterochiroptera, Yangochiroptera

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MIDTERM EXAM
STUDY GUIDE
Fall 2018
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Planning a Research Project
Define your research task/set a schedule
-Determine your purpose: explain a concept, report on or argue for a position, analyze causes of an event or
behavior, etc. Answer a question about your topic
-Analyze audience to determine interest and background. Analyze your own attitude toward the project
-Determine how well your topic can be presented in the assigned format/genre (research paper)
-Make sure you know what the requirements for the assignment are
-Determine final due date so you can stay on schedule
-Create a list of keywords
-Create a working bibliography and annotate the entries
-Take notes on your sources
Choose a Topic
-Choose a topic that answers an interesting question relevant to the assignment and of interest to you and your
readers:
Consult with me/classmates
Consult the textbook
Explore newspapers, magazines, websites, etc.
Get an overview and narrow your topic
-Determine the availability of sources of your topic
-Get necessary background from general reference sources
-Start a working bibliography to keep track of the sources you're exploring
-Draft questions to guide your research
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Continuing to Plan a Research Project
Search for in depth information on your topic
-Check the library's resources (catalog, databases) for books, articles and multimedia
-If acceptable, search internet for relevant websites, blogs and groups
-Keep a list of search terms and annotate working bibliography by recording the type of source, the source's
main points and how you would use the source
-Refine your research questions and draft a thesis
Refine Your Search
-Is this hat I expected to find?
-Am I finding enough/too much information?
-Do I need to modify my keywords?
-Do I need to recheck background sources?
-Do I need to revise my research questions?
-Do I need to modify my thesis statement?
Evaluate your sources, determining relevance
-Does the source explain terms or concepts or provide background?
-Does the source provide evidence to support my claims?
-Does the source offer alternative viewpoints or lend authority?
Evaluate your sources, determine reliability
-Who wrote it?
-How recently was it published?
-Who published it and what is the reputation of the publisher?
-Is the source scholarly popular, or something else?
-Is the source printed or online?
-What does the source say?
Use research to support your ideas
-Use evidence from sources to support your ideas:
1. Synthesize ideas from multiple sources
2. Support your ideas with summaries, paraphrases, quotations as appropriate
3. Include your own analysis to demonstrate how source information supports your ideas
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