AWR/Seminar Papers--Your First Steps Down the Research Path

by Yvette Brown 30. January 2013 16:26

   Have you written a good succinct abstract with a decent dash of preliminary research? An abstract should include all of the major components of your paper, including an introduction, thesis, analysis, discussion, and conclusion.  Tickle your readers’ curiosity and leave them wanting a taste for more.

Is your thesis well sprinkled with research?  “Your thesis is what you decide to say about your topic; it is your position, argument, solution, and defense of that position, argument, or solution.” (Jessica L. Clark and Kristen E. Murray, Scholarly Writing: Ideas, Examples, and Execution 20 (2d. 2012))

Instead of a mad dash at the end of the semester to start your AWR research, take a stroll to your library’s Getting Started on Your AWR Workshop (Tue Feb. 12 from Noon to 1pm in Room 1337).  Writers will explorer the pre-research process and setting personal research deadlines.  Learn to identify research sources in order to narrow down topics and determine whether a chosen topic is practical with enough accessible, available research. 

And remember, you are always welcome to stop by the Legal Research Help Desk for assistance locating primary and secondary sources to substantiate your thesis.



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