Workshop # 4 — Working with Research

9 Nov

At this point, you should have completed 3 research journals, which means you should have a nice pool of resources from which you may draw information. I want you to pick the most interesting or useful one to work with for this workshop.

From the piece you have chosen, I want you to chose the best line or idea (quote or paraphrase) and write it down.

Now, we’ll follow the basic steps for using outside information in a paper:

Introduce: Where did your quote/paraphrased idea come from? Who said it? A doctor? A lawyer? A love expert? A magazine editor? Your bff? And in what context? What is the conversation surrounding this idea?

Quote/Paraphrase: I think this is self-explanatory. Don’t forget to use proper MLA citations! Even if it’s a letter, you can always edit them out of your real copy, but for class purposes, I will need to know that you know how to do them.

Interpret: What does this quote/paraphrased idea mean to you?

Analyze and Connect the Dots: What does this quote mean to your argument or inquiry? What does it add to your discussion? Why is it important? Why does it matter?

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Now for the next part, you will find one additional source for a research journal. This source must be found in the library databases.

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When you’re finished, you should begin to incorporate these sources into your next draft (which is due tomorrow).

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