Research paper skills

In brainstorming sessions with faculty, we've been making lists on the board: first, a list of what can be taught as a "general research skill" without much experience within a disciplinary context (. the domain of first-year writing), and second, concepts that can only be truly understood when embedded within the discourse of a discipline. The first list is pretty small – basically some version of the five things you listed. But the second list is huge, and each item on it seems nearly impossible to teach (unless "teach" means "just make them read and write and revise a lot until they figure out the patterns").

For an excellent source on English composition, check out this classic book by William Strunk, Jr. on the Elements of Style. Contents include: Elementary Rules of Usage, Elementary Principles of Composition, Words & Expressions Commonly Misused, An Approach to Style with a List of Reminders: Place yourself in the background, Revise and rewrite, Avoid fancy words, Be clear, Do not inject opinion, Do not take shortcuts at the cost of clarity, … and much more. Details of The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. partially available online at . Note: William Strunk, Jr. (1869–1946). The Elements of Style was first published in 1918.

Research paper skills

research paper skills


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