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3.11: Takeaways

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    In this chapter we:

    • Identified the reasons for writing a research paper and explained how to build a research mindset.
    • Chose a research topic and developed a strong research question.
    • Compared research methods and strategies and discussed how you can choose a research strategy for your paper.
    • Evaluated different kinds of sources and discussed how to select the kinds of sources that will work for your paper.

    Questions for reflection

    • How do you do research in your everyday life? How is it similar or different to the process of researching for a paper?
    • What was your path to research? Did you have a clear straight line or was it a messy circle? Go back and look at the linear vs. messy representations in 3.4: Research Process. If you like, try drawing your own research path. 
    • For you, what are the biggest challenges in doing research for a paper?
    • How did your thinking about your topic change through the research?
    • What resources (websites, tools, or people) did you find that you can use to help with your next research project?
    • Look back at 3.2: Sample Student Research Essay: Faculty of Color and 3.9: Writing an Annotated Bibliography. How did creating an annotated bibliography help the writer develop her research essay?

    Licenses and Attributions

    Authored by Elizabeth Wadell, Laney College. License: CC BY NC.

    This page titled 3.11: Takeaways is shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Gabriel Winer & Elizabeth Wadell (ASCCC Open Educational Resources Initiative (OERI)) .

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