Developing research questions
Which area(s) of reform are you interested in exploring for this research paper? Click the link below, and enter the topics you're interested in pursuing.
Now, let's turn these topics into research-able questions. Again, click the link below, and enter a question related to this topic you're interested in answering this semester.
You may assemble evidence for your research papers by using a variety of search tools. Consider following these steps:
- search for books and background reference material by using the library's catalog
- find articles from scholarly journals and popular media by using specialized databases
- locate statistics on your issue
- generate your own research and observations from your tutoring site (you will then use the other materials to support your observations)
Ready to begin work on your Annotated bibliography or Literature review? Check out these handouts from the Writing Studio for pointers:
Catalog says available? Go to that library to pick it up in person.
Book checked out or at the Library Service Center(LSC)? Request it by clicking on "Get this title" in the upper right corner, and then clicking "Request" under "Get it at Duke."
For more information on requesting materials check this out
Citing sources & writing literature reviews
Use MLA or APA style for your projects.
Check out these sites for tips on citing sources:
Check out these samples and tips for writing literature reviews:
- Sample literature review (in APA format)
- Tips for writing literature reviews
- Overview of writing a literature review (find more details here)
To organize your research and produce a bibliography and in-text citations, create a free account in RefWorks
RefWorks is a web-based research management, writing and collaboration tool. Make a RefWorks folder for your EDU 100 projects, and for each paper that you need to write this semester. Then "export" references (and full text) from a library database to RefWorks. Use RefWorks Write-n-Cite to insert in-text references, and then use RefWorks to format a bibliography/works cited list.
Want to learn more? Check out a 2-min tutorial on creating an account.