This workshop focuses on the purpose and structure of the introduction and literature review sections of a research paper. You will also learn strategies for conducting a literature search and critically reviewing a journal article. 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 the purpose of the introduction in a research paper? Why is it necessary?
What elements must be included in an introduction to serve that purpose?
How long (proportion of the paper) does an introduction need to be to serve that purpose?
What can you learn about drafting an introduction by critically evaluating examples of introductory sections in published research papers?
What is the purpose of conducting a literature search? Why is a review of the contemporary literature essential to engaging in good research?
How do you conduct a literature search? Is there a standard approach? Can you create a search strategy?
What is the purpose of a reference manager? How might you benefit from using a reference manager when conducting a literature search and writing a research paper?
How do you critically review a journal article to identify the main message and important themes?
How might a concept map help you organize common themes across a set of review articles?
What is the purpose of the literature review section of a research paper?
How is a literature review section structured? Is there more than one way to organize a literature review section? Can you identify different organizational structures in a set of samples?
How long does a literature review section need to be to serve its purpose?
What have you learned about conducting a literature search, critically reviewing articles and outlining a literature review section by critically evaluating examples of the literature review sections in published research papers?