Quick Thoughts About Writing Good Introductions

In my second-semester composition course, a student asked a question about how to write introductions to research papers. I jotted down some notes for her, so my musing today is to offer some quick advice on how to get that research paper started by writing good introductions. This isn’t a “lesson” exactly, but I hopeContinue reading “Quick Thoughts About Writing Good Introductions”

Tricks Research Writers Use to Find Primary Sources

Overview Researching primary sources is time-intensive. As I like to say, “there are no shortcuts.” But there are tricks research writers use to gather information. Here are four of these researching tricks that can help you more quickly and efficiently locate primary sources:

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 noteContinue reading “How to Use Sources More Critically”

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, nearContinue reading “Making Claims in Research Writing”

How to Support Claims and Use Qualification in Research Writing

Overview A research paper is going to be built around demonstrating a major claim through the use of reasons and evidence. Therefore, it’s important to know how to support claims and use qualification in research writing. 

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 solutionsContinue reading “Better Signal Phrases for Research Writing”