This series of 10 programs gives a step-by-step guide to writing a great research paper. Viewers will learn how to master essential research techniques, improve their writing, and motivate themselves to be productive and not get uptight during the process of doing their paper.
The programs reveal the secrets of:
- assessing the assignment and focusing your research
- utilizing time efficiently at the library
- using search engines to find information quickly
- avoiding inadvertent plagiarism and other common scholarship mistakes
- taking notes to enable you to recall essential details
- presenting your ideas coherently, creating a paper that is well-reasoned
- creating an outline and a good first draft
- blending quotations skillfully into your writing, naturally and gracefully
- using style guides such as Chicago, APA, and MLA
- and more!
Best of all, you will be able to apply all these strategies throughout your education, including graduate school and beyond. Almost 13 hours of viewing time altogether. Can purchase each DVD separately for $39.95; please see the Product Options box above when ordering. The set of 10 DVDs for $379.95.
- Picking an A+ Topic – Learn how to narrow your focus from a broad subject to a manageable topic and a strong working thesis.
- Starting Your Research – Shows how to form a research plan, start your background reading, and develop an initial bibliography to help you find good materials more quickly.
- Finding the Best Sources – Gives the insider secrets that you should know for using search engines, catalogs, and reference books – and the tips and tricks for finding useful information.
- Plagiarism and Other Pitfalls – teaches you to appreciate and demonstrate academic integrity when writing research papers.
- Taking Notes – demonstrates and evaluates various note-taking methods.
- How to be Persuasive – teaches you to develop logical arguments, support them with evidence, handle opposing viewpoints, and avoid logical fallacies and other errors.
- Writing Your First Draft – shows how to assemble an effective outline for your paper and capture your ideas in a good first draft, and how to overcome writer’s block.
- Quoting, Citing, and Paraphrasing – Explains how to insert the words of other writers within your own writing.
- Formatting Your Paper – Covers mechanical details like fonts, margins, and spacing and gives an overview of style guides such as Chicago, Turabian, APA, and MLA and their varying approaches to references, footnotes, and bibliographies.
- Perfecting Your Final Draft – Shows how to rework your paper until it is well written, well organized, and well researched and is free of errors in grammar, usage, mechanics, spelling, and scholarly citation.