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Course Description

Designed for entry-level students, this introductory course provides bite-sized exercises using a variety of library sources to show effective methods for developing quality research papers. These include brainstorming a topic, concept mapping, evaluating the validity of a topic for a paper, finding supporting evidence for a thesis statement, making effective use of evidence from online and print sources and established citation style rules regarding use published materials.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a thesis statement or research question that is researchable and narrowed for a 5-8 page paper.
  • Employ concept mapping to visualize structuring and presenting supporting arguments for a writing assignment.
  • Identify"researchable" topics.
  • Cite from a variety of sources (e.g., journals, books, ebooks, web pages, etc) using correct MLA or APA format.
  • Determine the reliability and relevancy of information sources, e.g. identify peer-reviewed journal articles, primary and secondary sources, and the credibility of web resources.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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