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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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analytical research projects

AnalyticalResearch Projects

Basic Elements of Analytical Research and Writing

overview
Overview
  • Project types
    • Argumentative
    • Analytical
  • Choosing a topic
  • Identifying audience
  • Conducting research
  • Organization and format
types of research projects
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
choosing a topic
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
identifying audience
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!
beginning research
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/
paper organization
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
for more information or help
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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