Today’s workshop sets the foundation for writing a research paper. You can prepare for today’s workshop by familiarizing yourself with the four sample journal articles that we’ll be using throughout this course. These articles are listed on the next page.
By drawing on the learning resources and actively engaging in class discussion and independent and small group exercises, you will address the following questions:
What is research and why is it necessary? How is research relevant for society? How does research fit into the university mandate? Why would you want to learn how to do research? How will this workshop series help you better understand research and how to write a research paper?
What does the broad research universe look like? How is research communicated? How is research shared to the lay public, government and non-governmental agencies and other academics through the press, conference and community presentations, academic journals, working papers, university classes and other outlets?
What is a research paper? Why is learning to write a research paper important? When is a research paper the appropriate way to communicate research?
What is the overall structure of a traditional research paper? What content goes into each section? How does the structure of a research paper differ across disciplines? What structure will we be using in this class?
How do you decide what general topic to research? Is there a process for deciding a topic? What role do your values and interests play in the process?
How will you address common challenges when deciding on a researchable topic? What personal and material resources will you need? Do you have access to those resources? Do you have the necessary expertise? How much time have you budgeted?
How do you create a plan for writing a research paper? How does your knowledge, skill, time and access to other essential resources affect the topic you can research and the paper you can write?
What is plagiarism? Why is it important not to plagiarize a research paper? What do you think motivates people to plagiarize? How can you avoid plagiarism?
What is the purpose of a citation style? What citation style are we using in this course? Where can you find resources on how to use APA 6th edition citation style?