Read light to thorough resources, familiarize yourself with the basic issues; then move to more thorough research on the Academic Databases
More academic sources
Write down quotations, write down the source immediately
Quote briefly from a wide range of sources – take a little from a lot.
A lot of small quotations from numerous sources – seems well-read, knowledgeable and credible.
Mix up your search words that have similar meanings
Scholars use nuance and copious amounts of evidence. Understand the principles and come up with your own thoughts. Suggest a claim and reasons for that claim to produce a good argument.
A claim is the debatable assertion of the essay.
Alternative explanations, support given to the claim from scholar sources, assumptions
Find an original idea and use scholars to move towards your point.
Define the problem, Do research, ask questions, examine biases, identify assumptions, explore the evidence, write in your journal, look beyond the obvious.
Be specific and make it arguable. Clarity. Depth, pick a shorter list of ideas and explain thoroughly.
‘’ Although… actually’’ format.
Make your points brief – short claim that serves a purpose and clear indication what the rest of the paragraph will be about.
Choose an appropriate arrangement for the body.
Generate interest – an interesting fact, surprising piece of information, explaining an odd term..
In short essays, do not use generalized sentences. Jump right into the issue and begin directly.
Brief indication what the rest of the essay will be about in short clear indications but not too general or specific.
Choose a single focus, begin with a topic sentence, develop the idea
- give authoritative quotation, illustrate your idea with examples, respond to counterarguments, offer another perspective of