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How To Do Research: Sharing Your Discoveries & Conclusions

Feeling Good!

What to Expect...

At this point you feel either relief or disappointment!

Relief if...

1. You have found
    what Scholars
    say about your


2. You are gaining a
    deeper understanding

    of your topic!

3. Your interest in the

    topic deepens!

4. You are starting to write

    about your research!

Disappointment if...

1. You have found
    very little 
    of what
    Scholars say

    about your topic.

2. You do not have a very
    good understanding of

    the topic.

3. Your interest in the topic

    has not grown.

4. You are having trouble
    writing about your

If you are disappointed...
RUN (don't walk) to a teacher, librarian, or Writing Center consultant for help!

Your Contribution

Your contribution
to the topic is important!

Share Your Discoveries & Insights

Share Your Discoveries & Conclusions about the Topic with the Discussion Group


1.  Reflect upon your research and discoveries


     * What advice would you give to someone researching

      your topic?
    * What do you wish you were told before you started?
    * What have you learned about research?
    * What you did right?
    * How could you improve?
    * What would you do differently?

2. Reflect on your research and discoveres with

    others informally before sharing them formally.

     * email
     * blogs
     * conversations

3. Share your discoveries and insights with others

     * letter to the editor         * articles
     * posters                          * presentations

     * thesis/dissertation       * book

     Preparations for formal presentations

      a. Make an outline or spider diagram

          of main points and subpoints.

      b. Rewrite a draft several times,
          allowing some time between each


      c. Give reasons and support for your position.

      d. Cite sources accurately and ethically.

          Copyright & Fair Use


      e. Make it clear, relevant, and persuasive to the


      f. Make your ideas take center stage and intergrate
          other's ideas into your's.

Your Feedback

Questions for Reflection

1. Did I have a clear focus?
2. Did I use my time well?
3. Did I use good sources?
4. Did I take advantage of help from others, such as teacher & librarian?
5. What did you learn about research that you did not know?
6. What is one thing you learned that you can share with someone else?

Help Is Here!

Teachers, Librarians, & Writing Center
can help you communicate
with Scholars!

Citing Sources

Don't steal
scholars' work!
Cite what you use.

APA Citation Guide

MLA Citation Guide

Turabian Citation Guide

Put them in a bibliography or reference list at the end of your paper.

Writing Strategies

Tips for Writing

1. Write when you can do the
    most work. e.g. early morning,
2. Find a good place to write.
    e.g. library, home
3. Write anything just to get
    started. Don't worry about
    'getting it right' at first.
4. Stop writing in the middle of a
    section rther than at the end
    of a session.
5. Don't allow too much time
    between writing until you are
from Supporting Research Students by Barbara Allan (London: Facet Publishing, 2010)