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Advanced Research

With access to thousands of different sources at their fingertips, students are more overwhelmed than ever in researching a term paper or preparing for a debate. Understanding what makes a good source is critical to a student's ability to write a credible essay or deliver a believable speech. This class will examine what makes a good source, how to find the source, how to analyze, organize, and synthesize research.

Topics and Concepts Covered

  • Identifying Source Credibility
  • Using Academic Search Engines
  • Developing Search Terms to hone research
  • Utilizing Online Sources such as Journals and Blogs
  • Utilizing Offline Sources such as Books and Articles
  • Creating a Research Strategy
  • Analyzing Source Material
  • Ascertaining Authors Thesis and Main Points
  • Appropriately Appointing Sources
  • Differentiating Fact vs. Opinion
  • Properly Citing Sources
  • Deciding Whether to Paraphrase or Quote
  • Avoiding Plagarism
  • Properly Crediting Your Sources
  • Using Primary Sources - Interviewing Experts
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