This guide can help you:
Sometimes, a structured approach to research can help to organize ideas and the way you think about information sources:
1. Explore topic basics (casual web searching)
2. Depth & Breadth (library catalog: books)
3. Specific "conversations" (library databases: journal articles)
4. Support your argument (source citation)
5. Drafts & revisions (research librarians & learning commons)
"To complete this course, you will craft an 8-10 page piece of critical writing (double spaced, 1 inch margins, 12 point font). The topic is of your choosing, but of course you should in some way explore core course concepts. In this regard, it is important to note the difference between a report (“It was cloud today.”) and scholarship (“It was cloudy today for this arguable reason, based on this research.”). This critical writing is to be just that: critical. It is not meant for you to report information, but rather, via analysis, argue an original line of thought.
October 2nd - Thesis statement and annotated bibliography (at least 5 sources) due
November 15th - First draft of paper due
November 29th - Peer and instructor reviews of paper due
December 11th - Final paper due
ProQuest RefWorks is a citation management tool. It helps you keep track of all your sources. There are many different ones out there, but RefWorks is the only one support by SU Libraries.You can check out this guide for help or ask a librarian!