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Swindell - March 2023

From Research to Writing

Researching a topic that's new to you? 

  • 1. Learn more about the topic:
    • A book can be helpful since it's broader in scope.  How to find books in the library?

                    RU Libraries Quick Search

  • 2Popular sources (e.g., magazines, newspaper articles) discuss topics at a broadly accessible level. 
  • 3. Review articles can be valuable resources:
    • Provide historical background information -
    • Explain the significance of the research - 
    • Discuss possible future directions -
    • Identify key papers and scientific researchers in a particular subject area
    • Sample Review Article
  • 4.  Read current original research articles:
    • Narrow in scope
    • More details about methodology
    • Up-to-date on newest discoveries
    • *** Citation chasing

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