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WRD 111: Composition & Communication II: Getting Started

the second course in the composition & communication sequence, in which students compose written, spoken, and multimedia arguments about public issues.

Be a Better Researcher

Recommended books on research and presentations. Available  in Young Library.

Research Skills for WRD 111

This guide will help you with your research skills for your WRD 111 assignments.

The research process typically includes five broad steps.

Most often you complete one step before moving onto the next. But sometimes you will need to return to a previous step or complete multiple steps simultaneously.

Step 1. Develop Your Topic  - Tips for generating ideas and defining your research topic
Select a TopicIdentify Keywords

Step 2. Search Strategies - Find background on your topic. Learn what to do if you are finding too much or too little.
Refine a Topic

Step 3.
Find Credible and Relevant Sources  < Opens new page
Books, Magazine and Newspaper Articles, Scholarly Articles, Primary Sources, Websites, Videos and Images for your WRD projects.

Step 4. Evaluate Information - Is the website you found reliable? How do you know?
Types of Periodicals

Step 5. About Plagiarism - Understand what it is and how NOT to plagiarize
Citation Help | Works Cited Examples

Brainstorming Keywords Worksheet

Use the Brainstorming Keywords Worksheet to help you develop your research topic and to help you answer the questions on the follow-up research exercise.

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