Introduction to Research for Essay Writing

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About this course: Course 4: Introduction to Research for Essay Writing This is the last course in the Academic Writing specialization before the capstone project. By the end of this course, you will be able to complete all the steps in planning a research paper. After completing this course, you will be able to: - choose appropriate research topics for college classes - write detailed outlines for research papers - find source material for research papers - take and organize good notes for research - use appropriate academic tone and language - document sources by creating a Works Cited list in MLA format - avoid plagiarizing your sources

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About this course: Course 4: Introduction to Research for Essay Writing This is the last course in the Academic Writing specialization before the capstone project. By the end of this course, you will be able to complete all the steps in planning a research paper. After completing this course, you will be able to: - choose appropriate research topics for college classes - write detailed outlines for research papers - find source material for research papers - take and organize good notes for research - use appropriate academic tone and language - document sources by creating a Works Cited list in MLA format - avoid plagiarizing your sources

Created by:  University of California, Irvine
  • Taught by:  Tamy Chapman, Instructor, International Programs

    University of California Irvine Division of Continuing Education
  • Taught by:  Helen Nam, Instructor

    International Programs, UCI Extension
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WEEK 1


Course Introduction



This is the last course in the Academic English: Writing specialization. In this course, you will learn all of the steps to writing a research paper. You will learn how to choose topics, where to do your research, and how to plan the research paper. You will also master your understanding of using sources and avoiding plagiarism.


1 video, 2 readings expand


  1. Reading: Pre-Course Survey
  2. Video: Course Introduction Video
  3. Reading: Message About Peer Reviews


Introduction to Research



In this first module, you will learn about research assignments in American universities. You will practice choosing topics for different assignments. Then you will learn about choosing academic sources and evaluating them for reliability. These are important steps for getting your research off to a good start for any research assignment.


3 videos, 6 readings, 1 practice quiz expand


  1. Video: Intro Video
  2. Reading: Introduction to Research Writing
  3. Reading: Lecture Objectives
  4. Video: Choosing a Research Topic Video Lecture
  5. Reading: Sample Research Assignments
  6. Reading: Choosing Search Terms Practice
  7. Peer Review: Practice Writing Research Questions
  8. Practice Quiz: Practice Quiz
  9. Reading: Lecture Objectives
  10. Video: Finding and Evaluating Academic Sources Video Lecture
  11. Reading: Evaluating Sources Practice
  12. Peer Review: Practice Finding Sources

Graded: Introduction to Research Quiz

WEEK 2


Doing Research and Planning the Paper



In this module, you will learn more about finding sources. Then you'll learn about how to be organized in your research by taking good notes on your sources. Also, you'll learn about writing an annotated bibliography, which is a common assignment when writing a research paper in college.


4 videos, 8 readings, 2 practice quizzes expand


  1. Video: Intro Video
  2. Reading: Lecture Objectives
  3. Video: on Finding Sources and Taking Notes Video Lecture
  4. Reading: Creating an Annotated Bibliography
  5. Reading: Sample Annotated Bibliographies
  6. Reading: Annotated Bibliography Assignment
  7. Practice Quiz: Practice Quiz
  8. Reading: Making an Outline
  9. Reading: Lecture Objectives
  10. Video: Making an Outline Video Lecture
  11. Reading: Lecture Objectives
  12. Video: Thesis Statements for Research Papers Video Lecture
  13. Reading: Thesis Statements for Research Papers Practice
  14. Practice Quiz: Practice Quiz

Graded: Annotated Bibliography Assignment Feedback
Graded: Thesis Statement for Research Paper
Graded: Doing Research Quiz

WEEK 3


Language for Research Writing
In this module, you'll learn about the language used in writing a research paper. You'll learn about academic tone and language. Then you'll learn about using statistics and words from the Academic Word List in your writing.


4 videos, 9 readings, 1 practice quiz expand


  1. Video: Intro Video
  2. Reading: Lecture Objectives
  3. Video: Academic Tone and Language Video Lecture
  4. Reading: Academic Tone and Language Practices
  5. Reading: Academic Tone and Language Practice Key
  6. Reading: Lecture Objectives
  7. Video: Using Statistics in Writing Video Lecture
  8. Reading: Using Statistics for Writing Practice
  9. Reading: Additional Resources on Using Statistics
  10. Reading: Academic Word List and Reported Speech Introduction
  11. Reading: Lecture Objectives
  12. Video: The Academic Word List and Reporting Verbs Video Lecture
  13. Reading: Academic Word List Practice
  14. Practice Quiz: Practice Quiz

Graded: Using Statistics for Writing Peer Review
Graded: Language for Research Quiz

WEEK 4


on Citing Sources and Formatting
In this last module, you will learn more about citing sources in your research paper. You'll review MLA format and learn a little bit about APA format. Finally, you'll learn about some online resources that will make formatting your papers much easier.


3 videos, 9 readings, 2 practice quizzes expand


  1. Video: Intro Video
  2. Reading: Citing Sources Overview
  3. Reading: Updates to MLA Format
  4. Reading: Lecture Objectives
  5. Video: Using Purdue Owl Video Lecture
  6. Reading: Purdue Owl Practice
  7. Peer Review: Purdue Owl Practice
  8. Practice Quiz: Practice Quiz
  9. Reading: Resources for Formatting Research Papers
  10. Reading: Lecture Objectives
  11. Video: Using EasyBib Video Lecture
  12. Reading: EasyBib Practice
  13. Reading: EasyBib Practice Key
  14. Practice Quiz: Practice Quiz
  15. Reading: Learn !

Graded: Citing Sources and Formatting Quiz
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