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Research and Scholarship

A guide for capstone and thesis students
 

 

 

 

The ultimate goal of academic research and writing is to demonstrate your ability to identify, analyze, and synthesize current research, key theories and theorist, and foundational studies into your own research.  It is this connection with a community of scholars that enriches your project.

Academic research includes the following:

  • Acknowledges impact of research by scholars within the discipline
  • Ethically gives credit to sources (cite it)
  • Follows the style guide used by your discipline (APA, MLA, Chicago, or AMA)
  • Incorporates the formal style of writing (2nd person / past tense)

Academic Research & Writing As Scholarly Communication

How to Find Reliable Sources

Learn how to find reliable sources to use in your academic papers, including how to search for sources, evaluate sources, and organize sources with a reference management system.

APA Style CENTRAL

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How to Find Reliable Sources, Video Segments < 1:21 >

  1. Title
  2. Welcome & Overview (2.22)
  3. Research Planning: Personal Vs. Scholarly Research (2.38)
  4. Research Planning: Purpose of a Research Plan (3.04)
  5. Finding Sources: What to Look for - Funnel Approach (3.04)
  6. Finding Sources: What to Look for - Where to Search for Sources: The Internet (1:46)
  7. Finding Sources: What to Look for - Where to Search for Sources: Databases (2:01)
  8. Finding Sources: What to Look for - Where to Search for Sources: The Library (1:23)
  9. Finding Sources: How to Search - Search Strategies: Basic Techniques (2:09)
  10. Finding Sources: How to Search - Search Strategies: Advanced Techniques (3:09)
  11. Finding Sources: How to Search - Search Strategies: Advanced Techniques - Component or Field Searches (1:33)
  12. Organizing Sources: Reference Management System (1:42)
  13. Organizing Sources: Methods of Organization (1:18)
  14. Evaluating Sources: Choosing Sources (0:43)
  15. Evaluating Sources: Evaluating Credibility - Author (1:15)
  16. Evaluating Sources: Evaluating Credibility - Publication Date (0:49)
  17. Evaluating Sources: Evaluating Credibility - Publication Type (0:51)
  18. Evaluating Sources: Evaluating Credibility - The Text (1:57)
  19. Evaluating Sources: Evaluating Usefulness (2:37)
  20. Review and Additional Resources: Review (2:17)
  21. Review and Additional Resources: Additional Resources (0:12)

The following resources are part of the Citation Style Guide:

  • Citation Builders & Managers
  • Style Guides - APA, MLA, AMA, Chicago
  • Training Videos & Handouts

 

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