Date: January 22, 2013
To: Marcilio Farias
From: Sallye Mayberry
Subject: What parts of the writing process have you followed without difficulties? Per your request, I follow the writing process without difficulties by finding out what my audience would like to hear, their likes and dislikes are important when it comes to writing a successful paper. Once I captured my audience attention, I find writing to be less difficult and easier to achieve at my writing goals. In the writing process, taking the right steps in the writing process is what makes it less difficult to follow and easier to challenge. Having a strong thesis is what I’ve learned to followed without difficulties “The first step in the process is to decide which steps in the process to follow, and how.” Locker-Kienzler, pg. 135 What elements of the process have you forgotten? When writing a paper, it takes a lot of processing to have a strong paper. How to capture the audience? How to research and get good information? What steps to take to get this whole process started so that you can capture your audience? What parts of your writing process seem most successful? When I am writing, brainstorming, prewriting, free writing, and a good outline with a strong thesis is what makes a writing process seem most successful. Knowing what captures your audience, and making sure your paper flow from beginning to end will give you the best tools to have with a most successful writing process.
Hello Sallye, class,
Thank you for the first comments to this first question, and for detailing your experiences with reviewing your own work -- I always learn a lot when I revisit my old threads. At times is an argument that I could have improved, or a citation that would better illustrate a case, or a typo, or spell case that sometimes we all let slip onto our keyboards.
Your commentary touched a very important issue that I would like to elaborate on a littel bit -- thank you for bringing the subject to the forum: the connection between research and quality of information.
For a fortunate coincidence, I have just come from a web meeting about difficulties of online college students when facing a research challenge. In the discussions, it was unanimous the observation that most of the time there is some confusion between "search" and "research" -- it is very easy to search for a subject matter (in a search engine, for example) and consider that resource "the" original source of information. And here is the reason why Faculty always prioritize the Online Library as the main source of information for our academic work.
You can always narrow the preliminary task of searching for resources to peer-reviewed articles. In our Library page it is located on the homepage of the resource. For instance, when you open the General Resources link in our home page, you see three of the resources under the General Resources link offering a peer-reviewed/scholarly materials filter.
Databases are different from search engines. On a search engine you type a sentence, a question, or a word, or a group of words to obtain results. But when you go to a Library, you are on databases territory -- and databases do not use natural language like the Internet. So, the best thing to do is to take a couple of minutes and jot down the keywords that summarize the topic you want to search for. As an example you may need to know "What are the effects of a low protein diet on the elderly?" Many people are used to doing a Google search and typing in the entire question. When using the library resources it is best to use your keywords. In this case we would select (effects, low protein, diet and elderly).
Then the following question needs to be addressed, "In which database resource do I search?" The 3 general information resources are provided by ProQuest, EBSCO and Gale and are found under the General Resources tab. You can find a little bit of everything in these resources including...