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Analytical Research Projects. Basic Elements of Analytical Research and Writing. Overview. Project types Argumentative Analytical Choosing a topic Identifying audience Conducting research Organization and format. Types of Research Projects. Argumentative Clearly defined topic

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AnalyticalResearch Projects

Basic Elements of Analytical Research and Writing


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Overview

  • Project types

    • Argumentative

    • Analytical

  • Choosing a topic

  • Identifying audience

  • Conducting research

  • Organization and format


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Types of Research Projects

  • Argumentative

    • Clearly defined topic

    • Clearly defined thesis statement (stance)

    • Goal: Persuade audience

      • Example: Martha Schwartz is the most influential contemporary American landscape architect.

    • Must support thesis with proof (data) and sound reasoning


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Types of Research Projects

  • Analytical

    • Clearly defined topic

    • Research question rather than thesis

    • Goal: Explore and evaluate topic

      • Example: Given Martha Schwartz’s influence on contemporary American landscape architecture, what are her major design inspirations and precedents?

    • Must conduct thorough research and explore various sources to try to answer question


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Choosing a Topic

  • Consider assignment requirements

  • Consider due dates, your schedule, priorities

  • Conduct preliminary research; ask preliminary research questions

  • Determine interest - choose a topic that fulfills assignment requirements and that interests you


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Identifying Audience

  • Important questions:

    • Who are they?

    • What do they need, expect?

    • Where will they be reading?

    • When will they be reading?

    • Why will they be reading?

    • How will they be reading?


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Identifying Audience

  • Primary audience

    • Gatekeepers, instructor, faculty, etc.

  • Secondary audience

    • Peers, colleagues, coworkers, etc.

  • Shadow audience

    • Others who may read communication - Internet!


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Beginning Research

  • Where do I get my information?

    • Secondary sources:

      • Library databases

      • Professionalpublications

      • Credible Websites

    • Primary sources:

      • Interviews

      • Observations

      • Experimentation

    • Use Purdue OWL to help you evaluate sources: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/553/01/


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Paper Organization

  • Introduction: overview entire document

    • Purpose/goals

      • What is the point of the paper? Argumentative? Analytical?

    • Audience (optional)

      • Is the audience familiar with topic, terms?

    • For argumentative

      • What is your thesis?

    • For analytical

      • What are your research questions?

    • Research methods

      • How did you find your information?

    • Findings and conclusions

    • Forecast organization of document

    • Remember: one of the best ways to learn how to write is to read a lot of material from your discipline


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Paper Organization

  • Section 1:

    • Introduce, explain topic

  • Section 2:

    • Discuss history, background; set the context

  • Section 3:

    • Discuss research methods

  • Section 4:

    • Discuss research findings

  • Section 5:

    • Conclusions

  • Works Cited/References

  • Appendix

  • If you’re short on page/word count, do more research


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For More Information or Help

  • OWL website: http://owl.english.purdue.edu

  • Grammar Hotline: 765-494-3723

  • Purdue Writing Lab in Heavilon Hall 226, Purdue

  • University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA



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