How to Use Sources More Critically

Overview

Students using research studies often are unaware of how to apply critical attention to details. Yet some details of even the most complicated sources are within even the beginning research writer’s ability to analyze. How to Use Sources More Critically shows how you can and should question source data with enough depth to note weaknesses, debatable issues, and limitations, often brought up by the source’s authors themselves.

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Making Claims in Research Writing

Overview

A research paper, simply stated, is organized to support a claim, an assertion about the truth or falsity of something. So two of the several ways a research write-up can proceed is by stating that major claim, or thesis, of the paper near the beginning , or by first posing a research question the paper will explore, and then, near the end, make its major claim, a nice method of organization known as a delayed thesis.

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Article Preview: How to Build a PVC Hoop House that Actually Works

On the internet or in various guides you’ll find plans on how to make a PVC pipe hoop house, a type of greenhouse you can supposedly build on the cheap using the kind of plastic pipe you can buy in bulk at any home store.

Having built this plan, I can state unequivocally: You get what you pay for.

In my next homesteading article, I’ll show you how to build “Hoop House 3.0” – my version of a PVC hoop house that will actually last past the first windstorm, with a uv-treated cover rated for 3-5 seasons.

Finding the Words 1: Blackout/Erasure Poetry Generative Exercises

Overview

Writers default. That is, without quite realizing it, we write using preferred words, preferred sentence styles, preferred voices. This means a universe of possibilities is not occurring to us during composition. So we need ways to break out of our habits, to find new words. Here is the first of two poetry generative exercises for finding new words. 

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Better Signal Phrases for Research Writing

Overview

In style guidelines for research writing we have the idea of efficiency.

The concept is:

  • to use the least amount of words necessary to be clear (don’t be wordy).
  • to avoid saying what is unnecessary (don’t be redundant).

Here in an example of an awkward signal phrase, or phrase that introduces a source, and several solutions that will instantly improve your research writing style.

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