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Research in the Social Sciences (Flex 2015)

WHAT ARE THE OBSTACLES?

Don’t…

Skip hanging indent

Cut & paste URL into the paper

Use 6 different fonts in the same paper, giant fonts

Skip citation all together

Cite only from Wikipedia, Huffington post, About.com

Plagiarize:  copy & paste answers

Do…

Ask for help

Come to the Library

Come to the Writing Center

Look at the format of a scholarly work

Use scholarly work

Look at models of good papers (see Norton Pocketbook of Writing by Students, 2010)

Buy a Style Guide

WHAT RESEARCH PRACTICES WE WANT STUDENTS TO LEARN?

Anything at all

What is Research?

Research skills cross-over – can be applied in other disciplines

Get a feeling for the vast amount of information that is out there, how much research is out there

Figure out how you can do something useful:  focusing in on what is useful in that vast amount of information

Evaluating quality, what is a good source, what is good for an academic environment, what is college level

Help students feel that they are contributing something to the vast amount of information, something useful.  Participating in the scholarly conversation

Practice reading and writing a response; responding critically

Placing sources in context

Connecting personal, local topics to a broader context

--Notes 8/24/15

Frame thinking:  gets very loose and broad