Research 101: How-Tos

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Writing a Research Paper

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Choosing a Topic

Use online tools, and techniques like mind mapping, to sleuth out a great topic for your research paper.

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Scholarly and Popular Sources

What does it mean to be a scholarly source?

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How We Cite

  • Quote
  • Paraphrase
  • Summarize
  • Generalize

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Academic Dishonesty

Learn how to be on the right side of academic honesty.

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Review the UNL Tip Sheet (PDF)

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Importance of Citation

  • Attribution: Who said it
  • Citation: Where they said it

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Sources

  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Tertiary

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Writing a Literature Review

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Graduate Student Overview: Writing a Literature Review

  • Understand topics
  • Develop your own ideas
  • Demonstrate knowledge

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Writing the Literature Review

A part one, step-by-step tutorial for graduate students on how to write a literature review.

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Writing a Literature Review

  • Prepare subject overview, description and scope
  • Identify and search
  • Appraise
  • Synthesize
  • Analyze and Interpret

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Finding Good Stuff on the Web

Using Google to Search the Internet

  • Improve results
  • Find scholarly material
  • Find books
  • Use filters to narrow results
  • Search for original source images

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Finding Reputable Sources on the Web

  • Government departments and agencies
  • NGO's and IGO's
  • Open source sites
  • Professional organizations
  • eBooks & other documents
  • Google Scholar

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Reading Long Articles

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How to Read a Research Article and Understand Its Purpose

  • Take a preview
  • Identify the purpose
  • Analyze the solution
  • Examine the evidence
  • Read the literature review and references

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How to Read an Academic Paper

How to read, take effective notes, and find the main points in research articles.

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