Research Readiness tour

Hello and welcome to the Research Readiness
guide. This guide was designed to take you through
the process of planning, researching, and writing. These skills will be required in all of your
courses here at Hodges University in some form, and will continue through every stage
of your education. These skills are also central to your professional
development and will make you a stronger, more critical thinker, with the writing skills
to communicate your ideas and arguments. WHAT THIS GUIDE IS NOT This guide is not a specific “how to write
an essay” lesson. It is designed to introduce you to concepts
of planning, critical thinking, and skills development that will improve any kind of
writing. Writing and research are skills, not inherent
talents. There is a process to both, and you can become
an expert in both. The stages of research and writing outlined
in this guide are used from beginning writers to seasoned professionals. The only difference between the two groups
is the amount of practice put into mastering these concepts and consciously developing
and improving your critical reading and writing skills. This guide is built around five sections:
Preparing Organizing
Drafting Reviewing
And Final Revising At the end, there are additional resources
for your own personal development. From the first page, you can read the aspects
of each section here. There is also a box to contact the librarian
directly, and another for the Ask a Librarian system, where you can chat with a Hodges librarian
during regular hours, send a text message if viewing on your phone, or send us a question
via email. I strongly encourage you to contact a librarian
if you’re having any issues with any part of the processes outlined in this guide. The Preparing tab goes over the process of
starting your assignment. It is necessary that you understand your assignment,
and what your professor’s expectations are. Preparing also means getting a bit of a background knowledge of what your subject is before you start writing. It also has information on dealing with bias, understanding bias, and how to read your research like a college student in order to maximize your time doing research. Organizing gets you started on planning your
writing. Many novice writers skip this step, but it
is vital to getting a well-structured paper (and a good grade). The fact is, planning goes into all quality
writing, right up to the most venerated authors. Students often don’t realize this fact because
they spend all their time working with finished products. But working smart is central to building your
research and critical thinking skills. Drafting, or composing, is the process of
actually getting words down on paper. In this section, it is recommended that you
focus on completing thoughts and paragraphs before going back to write. Often, students will get caught up in fixing
their errors, and lose sight of the plan they created in their previous step. Drafting is a process, and as such there are
resources here that can help you find what works best for your writing. Reviewing is where papers are won or lost. As the quote from William Zinsser says here: “Rewriting is the essence of writing well: where the game is won or lost”. The
revising process, like every other item in this module, is a skill that can be built
upon over time. It is not just re-reading, or having someone
else take a look at a paper. It’s a set of skills you develop to approach
your paper with new eyes, and take the time to critically evaluate whether you’ve met
the goals of your assignment. Final revising is important for formal writing. This is where you focus on formatting, style
guides, and the overall presentation of your paper. If you final draft looks more like a second
or third draft, this will distract your audience from your arguments, even if they’re very
well done. We’ve got the APA guide and Ask a Librarian [widget], and a little checklist here for everything you should consider as you’re going through your final stages before turning your paper in. Additional resources will be updated over
time to add items that students might find useful. For the moment, it focuses on additional videos
that complement items that are in the guide elsewhere, as well as grammar and vocabulary
building tools that you can use for personal study and improvement. You also have the Writing in the Disciplines
module to look at, which will link you to their page and has more information about
particular schools’ writing guides, as well as recorded lectures and lessons on writing. This guide was intended to be a reference
for students at every stage of their education here at Hodges, because a writer never moves
beyond honing these basic principles and skills. The quality and level of a person’s writing
is often determined by how far they’ve gone to develop their fundamentals in research
and persuasive argumentation. Thank you for watching this video, and please feel free to ask your
librarian if you have any trouble.

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