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American Literature (Barron's Ez-101 Study Keys) by Francis E. Skipp

By Francis E. Skipp

Key issues commence with colonial writers and canopy 3 centuries of yankee prose and poetry, together with present-day traits and impacts. Designed to be suitable with almost each ordinary textbook of their topic box, Barron's EZ-101 research Keys provide you with a precious review of your college-level direction. Classroom-style notes emphasize vital evidence, remind you what you want to keep in mind for time period papers and assessments, and support advisor you thru the complexities of lectures and textbooks.

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Start with a personal research diary, research log or research notebook. This can be a hard copy notebook or your notes can be in digital form – whichever works best for you. Everyone has different ideas about what should go in and what should be left out. Keep your notebook with you at all times, or if you are working digitally, save your research diary file to whichever device you carry with you, and back it up elsewhere too. This document will track the progress of your research and be invaluable when you are describing the process of your research in your final report.

Your first shot will be a mess but that doesn’t matter. Your second attempt will be far more focused and you will be on the way to making a fairly firm decision about which aspect of your topic to investigate. Incidentally, don’t throw away your first or your second attempts until after your research is complete, examined and/or your work is published. You may need to refer to first shots and early drafts at some stage, so start a ‘reject’ or a ‘trash’ file. Consider your priorities. For example, if you have decided that you would be interested in investigating barriers to learning among mature undergraduates, draw together the various items on your first and second thoughts charts into a list of questions on your selected topics, eliminating overlaps or rejects, and adding any other thoughts that occur to you as you write.

2006) A Gentle Guide to Research Methods. Maidenhead: Open University Press. This book covers a wide range of topics, including research design, data collection methods, statistics and academic writing – all with helpful examples. F. (2009) Writing Up Qualitative Research (3rd edn). London: Sage. Everything Wolcott has written is worth reading; his advice is excellent and if you can get hold of his book, read it from cover to cover! He is particularly good, as the title of this book indicates, on writing but also on planning.

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