• Write about the homework you read for 5-10 minutes.
  • When you're done, we'll discuss it!

Writing a Research Review

  • One thing that many researched articles provide is a review of the material that has been published in relation to their topic. This accomplishes several things for the author:
    • It allows them the freedom to focus on their chosen points, rather than having to explain things that don't fully enhance the discussion.
    • It helps avoid counter-argument by crediting other perspectives.
    • It increases the credibility of the essay by demonstrating the thoroughness of the research behind it.
    • It gives the reader a better sense of what to expect from the article.
    • It highlights the necessity of the project as a whole, demonstrating the need for a closer examination of the topic.

Let's take a look at these examples to get an idea of what I'm talking about here: Reviews

  • That said, let's spend some time developing a draft of your review by sorting through the citations in your working bibliographies!
    • Create a page on your wiki called Research Review (you can then link to it from your `P3 project wherever you see fit).
    • Go through your Bib and put the citations into categories, based on what they discuss.
    • On your own time, write descriptions of these categories, or of individual sources, relating their relevance to your audience.

Citing Sources

  • Let's review good citation practices!
  • Using Quotes
  • Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing
  • Quoting Guidelines:
    • Quoting well--
      • Giving the quote a proper introduction or context
      • Giving credit to the author for quotes or paraphrases
      • Finding some well-worded gem of a sentence that supports your ideas (if you find yourself thinking "I couldn't have said it better myself," it might be a great quote!)
      • Building your sentence around the quote (in order to not break the grammar rules)
    • Quoting poorly--
      • Dumping a full quote into a paragraph as a stand-alone sentence
      • Using a quote that takes up half a page
      • Using every dry, lifeless, and uninteresting quote you find because they're factual
      • Making more than half of any given paragraph quotations


  • Read this to prepare for Friday.