Now that you have done some research and written a literature review, the next task is to put it all together.
What is the title of your paper? You need a TITLE that helps your readers know what the paper is about.
How will you organize it?
- Lit Review first (secondary research)
- Your research methods & findings (primary research)
- Integrate the literature throughout the paper
What sections will your paper have?
- Historical background
- Data Analysis
- Topics Focused Sections
Will you use MLA or APA?
- Author, pg # –>the original source matters
- Author(s), date –> timeliness of research matters
Consider a comparison of the styles as shown on this handy chart and via sample papers for APA and MLA on the Purdue OWL.
There it is…Plato as roadkill. Oh no!
Don’t let this be you. ;)
As you move into your next revision, consider how you integrate direct quotes into your discussion. Here are some tips from the book They Say, I Say about the art of quoting.
Graff, G., & Birkenstein, C. (2006). They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing.
W. W. Norton & Company.
I thought I would share this talk that Grammar Girl, Mignon Fogarty, did for the Authors@Google series. My favorite snafu, affect vs. effect, is on the menu.
As a side note, Fogarty talks about her background and what brought her to the work she does now. We can see this a useful information as we assess her credibility.
One of the challenges of writing for academic situations in making sense of what people have said on the topic and figuring out how to talk about it. This gets even more difficult when we are new to the topic and don’t know how to assess the credibility of people; some people are considered more credible than others, depending on the topic and the person’s background.
We have been diving into the debate about the role of social media on language use, and we have heard a variety of opinions, especially in regard to texting. Today, we talked about the YouTube videos that we watched last week and tried to figure out what the source types really are and how to describe them for academic writing.
Next we asked, “who are these people and why should we trust their opinions/arguments?”
We did some research related to the YouTube footage of an interview of Mignon Fogarty (AKA Grammar Girl) on the Mark Ragan Show and started with the question “Who is Grammar Girl?”
“Why should we trust her or the blog she created?”
And, “what about the vlogger Voldey?”
How do you get started?
How do you provide readers with enough context to help them follow your ideas?
Here are some ideas from They Say, I Say–a fabulous writing guide for academic writing.
We are going to use this template to think about our own texts from this week.
What does Writer’s Reference say about this?
And how do we deal with an online source with no page numbers?