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8: Writing the Research Paper

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    Learning Objectives
    • Objective 1: Write an annotated bibliography
    • Objective 2: Synthesize information from multiple sources and viewpoints to support an argument
    Learning Outcomes
    • Organize information (support) from reading, experience, and class discussion into an argument with a clear thesis.
    • Write and revise a research essay of at least 1500 words at the thesis, paragraph, and sentence levels, using MLA style.

    Chapter Overview

    Once you've chosen a topic and sources to fit your research assignment, organizing your information before writing the paper will help you make a convincing argument. Learn to choose relevant and specific evidence, build paragraphs to support your thesis, consider opposing views and rebut them. Proofread to make sure you've logically connected your ideas and correctly cited your sources.

    Chapter Contents

    Step 1: Read and synthesize

    Read the resources you have found in Chapter 7 and begin to organize your information in an annotated bibliography.

    Step 2: Outline the argument

    Refine your arguments, develop your supporting points, present opposing points and present rebuttals

    Step 3: Write your rough draft

    Begin writing your paper once you are confident that you have created a logical argument and can support it with credible research.

    Step 4: Cite your sources

    Give credit where credit is due. You will need to cite the information taken from the sources you use using MLA format.

    Step 5: Write the final draft

    Ask for feedback on your rough draft, edit, and proofread before completing the final draft.