Table of Contents

 We address the following topics throughout this resource:

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Chapter 1: Understanding the Assignment / Types of Research Projects / Preliminary Research
  • Chapter 1 Objectives
  • Understanding the Assignment
  • Types of Research Projects
  • Conducting Preliminary Research
  • Advanced Tip: Calls for Papers
Chapter 2: Identifying a Problem / Considering Audience
  • Chapter 2 Objectives
  • Identifying a Problem
  • Evaluating Relevance & Purpose
  • Considering Audience
Chapter 3: Research as Inquiry / Searching as Strategic Exploration / Scholarship as Conversation
  • Chapter 3 Objectives
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration
  • Scholarship as Conversation
Chapter 4: Research Goals, Theories, Methodologies, Methods, and Skills
  • Chapter 4 Objectives
  • Research Goals
  • Theories
  • Methodologies
  • Research Methods
  • Research Skills
Chapter 5: Reading and Interpreting Literary Works
  • Chapter 5 Objectives
  • Reading Literary Works
  • Interpreting Literary Works
  • Intercultural Competence
Chapter 6: Reviewing the Secondary Literature / Types of Literature Reviews / Reading Like a Researcher
  • Chapter 6 Objectives
  • Reviewing the Secondary Literature
  • Types of Literature Reviews
  • Reading Like a Researcher
  • Advanced Tip: Talk to People!
Chapter 7: Library Services & Resources
  • Chapter 7 Objectives
  • Introducing Primo
  • Advanced Primo Options
  • Library Services & Resources
  • Database Search Strategies
  • Citation Management
  • Advanced Tip: Creating Search Alerts
Chapter 8: Using Google Scholar
  • Chapter 8 Objectives
  • Google Scholar Features
  • Linking to the UCF Libraries
  • Cited by & Related Articles
  • Author Profiles & Journal Metrics
  • Advanced Search Tips
Chapter 9: Evaluating Scholarly Resources
  • Chapter 9 Objectives
  • Finding trustworthy resources
  • Avoiding Misinformation, Disinformation, and Dismediation
Chapter 10: Refining and Evaluating Your Research Question
  • Chapter 10 Objectives
  • Refining Your Research Question
  • Evaluating Your Research Question
  • Advanced Tip: Writing an Abstract
Chapter 11: Research as an Inferential and Critical Process / Relating the Conceptual and the Concrete
  • Chapter 11 Objectives
  • Research as an Inferential and Critical Process
  • Relating the Conceptual and Concrete
Chapter 12: Positing a Thesis Statement and Composing a Title / Defining Key Terms
  • Chapter 12 Objectives
  • Positing a Thesis Statement and Composing a Title
  • Defining Key Terms
  • Formatting and Style Guidelines: MLA & APA
Chapter 13: The Writing Process
  • Chapter 13 Objectives
  • Writer’s Block
  • Structures
  • Revisions
  • Writing Academic Prose
Chapter 14: Avoiding Plagiarism and Additional Resources
  • Chapter 14 Objectives
  • Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Additional Resources
  • Foundational Materials Assignment
Back Matter
  • Glossary
  • Rubrics
  • Presenting your Research Visually: Academic Posters and Slides

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