Writing an Effective Desk Research Paper
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Writing an Effective Desk Research Paper

Learn every stage of the process for developing a high quality paper -- from analysis of the assignment to submission
4.3 (8 ratings)
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Created by Leigh Faulkner
Last updated 5/2015
English
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What Will I Learn?
You will be able to develop a focused research question or thesis statement for your desk research paper
You will understand how to collect the information you need for your desk research paper
You will learn various ways to analyze the information you have collected for your desk research paper
You will be able to choose appropriate ways to organize your desk research paper
You will understand the qualities of effective academic writing
You will be able to edit and revise your desk research paper effectively
You will be able to provide valuable collegial support to your peers by developing your peer editing skills
You will be able to transfer many of the desk research writing skills learned in this course to other types of academic writing you are required to do
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Requirements
  • All the materials you need are provided in the course, but you'll need to be prepared to allocate the time necessary to work carefully through each lecture, internalize each concept, then apply the strategies to your actual academic writing assignments.
Description

Desk research papers are widely assigned in college and university. This course gives you detailed guidance in creating a first quality desk research paper -- the kind of guidance that you may not get in any of your classes.

The course consists of 39 video lectures, starting with assignment analysis and ending with polishing the final paper. Crucial stages of the paper development process -- such as, for example, developing a narrow topic, writing an effective thesis statement or research question, identifying sources, carrying out targeted research, information analysis, proper citation, peer editing, revision, and rewriting -- are all explained and demonstrated in almost five hours of video. In addition, over 800 pages of supplementary materials are provided for download.

The course is divided into six sections:

1. Developing Your Research Question or Thesis Statement

2. Carrying Out Your Research

3. Analyzing Your Information

4. Organizing Your Paper

5. Qualities of Effective Academic Writing

6. Editing and Revision

The skills you learn in this course will make the task of researching and writing a desk research paper more organized, more efficient, and less time consuming, resulting in a paper that meets the higher standards college and university instructors look for in student academic writing.

If you'd like to sharpen your academic writing skills, this course is what you need. And, as a bonus, you'll find that the skills learned in this course on desk research writing are transferable to other forms of academic writing you'll be assigned.

This course makes it win-win all the way around!

And, of course, you have 30 days to get a refund (no questions asked) if you are not entirely satisfied. That's another win-win!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for those college and university students who must produce desk research papers. This course is an in-depth study of the genre, showing you how to utilize your time and intellect to the greatest effect.
  • If you are a high school student planning to attend college or university, this course can give you insight into the demands and expectations of higher education, and since you will have unlimited access to the course, it will be your companion throughout your academic journey.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction
1 Lecture 03:24

Objectives

  1. I’ll introduce myself
  2. I’ll explain the course objectives
  3. We’ll identify the course sections and see how they fit together
  4. And then we’ll look ahead to Lecture 2
Preview 03:24
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Developing Your Research Question or Thesis Statement
7 Lectures 41:44

Objectives

  1. We’ll identify the objectives of Section 1—Developing Your Research Question or Thesis Statement
  2. I’ll introduce the Section 1 topics
  3. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 3
Introduction to Section 1: Developing Your Research Question or Thesis Statement
02:35

Objectives

  1. I’ll recap the main points of Lecture 2
  2. We’ll see why it’s important to understand that the writing process is recursive
  3. We’ll see how the stages of the writing process fit together
  4. I’ll summarize the main points of this lecture
  5. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 4
Understanding the recursive nature of the desk research writing process
04:35

Objectives

  1. We’ll recap the main points of Lecture 3
  2. We’ll look at a process of analyzing the assignment to come up with a clear idea of what the finished paper must accomplish
  3. I’ll summarize the main points of this lecture
  4. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 5
Analyzing the assignment: Part 1
09:50

This is a continuation of the previous lecture.

Preview 05:14

Objectives

  1. We’ll recap the main points of Lecture 4
  2. I’ll introduce the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy (RBT) of Thinking Processes
  3. We’ll look at a way to make use of the RBT to identify what you’re being asked to do in any particular assignment
  4. We’ll summarize the main points of Lecture 5
  5. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 6
The Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy (RBT) and question purposes
07:59

Objectives

  1. We’ll recap the main points of Lecture 5
  2. We’ll look at the process of writing a thesis statement
  3. We’ll look at the characteristics of a thesis statement
  4. I’ll introduce the idea of a “working thesis”
  5. I’ll summarize the main points of this lecture
  6. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 7––the final lecture of Section 1
Characteristics of a strong thesis statement
05:26

Objectives

  1. We’ll recap the main points of Lecture 6
  2. We’ll identify the qualities you’ll need to keep in mind if you decide to use a research question or questions instead of a thesis statement
  3. I’ll summarize the main ideas of this lecture
  4. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 8
Characteristics of strong research questions
06:05

Check your understanding of ideas from Lectures 3 to 7.

Section 1 Quiz
18 questions
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Section 2––Carrying Out Your Research
8 Lectures 57:05

Objectives

  1. We’ll recap the main points of Lecture 7
  2. I’ll introduce the objectives of Section 2—Carrying Out Your Research
  3. We’ll look at the Section 2 topics
  4. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 9
Introduction to Section 2: Carrying Out Your Research
02:42

Objectives

  1. We’ll look at the process of identifying sub-topics for your thesis statement or research question
  2. We’ll summarize the key points of this lecture
  3. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 10
Identifying sub-topics
04:33

Objectives

  1. I’ll recap the key points of Lecture 9
  2. We’ll look at the process of identifying sources for the sub-topics
  3. I’ll summarize the key points of the lecture
  4. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 11
Identifying sources for the sub-topics
08:08

Objectives

  1. I’ll recap the key points of Lecture 10
  2. We’ll define “bias”
  3. We’ll look at ways to protect your writing from the bias of potential sources
  4. I’ll summarize the main points of this lecture
  5. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 12
Preview 04:55

Objectives

  1. I’ll recap the key points of Lecture 11
  2. I’ll take you through the Cornell Method of notetaking
  3. We’ll look at the features of useful notes
  4. We’ll take a brief look at the reference section of your paper
  5. I’ll summarize the main points of this lecture
  6. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 13
Effective notetaking
13:56

Objectives

  1. We’ll recap the main points of Lecture 12
  2. I’ll introduce the companion concepts of triangulation and corroboration
  3. I’ll summarize the main points of this lecture
  4. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 14
Triangulation/corroborative evidence
05:46

Objectives

  1. We’ll recap the key points of Lecture 13
  2. We’ll analyze several references that are written in APA style
  3. I’ll summarize the main points of the lecture
  4. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 15
Accuracy with references
07:23

Objectives

  1. We’ll recap the important points of Lecture 14
  2. I’ll identify common citation styles used instead of APA
  3. I’ll summarize the key points of this lecture
  4. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 16
Common citation styles
09:42

Check your understanding of ideas from Lectures 9 to 15.

Section 2 Quiz
21 questions
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Section 3—Analyzing Your Information
3 Lectures 25:56

Objectives

  1. We’ll recap the main points of Lecture 15
  2. I’ll introduce the objectives of Section 3—Analyzing Your Information
  3. I’ll introduce the Section 3 topics
  4. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 17
Introduction to Section 3: Analyzing Your Information
01:44

Objectives

  1. We’ll look at the process of analyzing the information you’ve gathered during your research
  2. I’ll summarize the main points of the lecture
  3. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 18
Preview 10:45

Objectives

  1. We’ll recap the main points of Lecture 17
  2. I’ll introduce several graphics that can be used for analyzing information
  3. I’ll summarize the key points of the lecture
  4. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 19
Analytical graphics
13:27

Check your understanding of ideas from Lectures 17 and 18.

Section 3 Quiz
6 questions
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Section 4––Organizing Your Paper
9 Lectures 01:08:44

Objectives

  1. We’ll recap the key points of Lecture 18
  2. I’ll introduce the 6 objectives of Section 4—Organizing Your Paper
  3. I’ll introduce the 8 Section 4 topics
  4. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 20
Introduction to Section 4: Organizing Your Paper
03:29

Objectives

  1. We’ll look at 5 modes of exposition:
    1. comparison & contrast
    2. division & classification
    3. cause & effect
    4. argumentation
    5. analysis
  2. I’ll summarize the main points of this lecture
  3. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 21
Modes of exposition
12:49

Objectives

  1. We’ll recap the key points of Lecture 20
  2. We’ll look at the use of graphics as a way of displaying information
  3. I’ll summarize the main points of the lecture
  4. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 22
Informational graphics
11:03

Objectives

  1. We’ll recap the key points of Lecture 21
  2. We’ll examine the proper method of in-line citation, according to APA
  3. I’ll summarize the main points of the lecture
  4. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 23
In-line quotes
09:28

Objectives

  1. We’ll recap the key points of Lecture 22
  2. We’ll examine the proper method of block quote citation, according to APA
  3. I’ll summarize the main points of the lecture
  4. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 24
Block quotes
07:57

Objectives

  1. We’ll recap the key points of Lecture 23
  2. We’ll look at how you can avoid plagiarism (and live a happy, secure academic life)
  3. I’ll summarize the main points of the lecture
  4. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 25
Plagiarism and how to avoid it
04:30

Objectives

  1. We’ll recap the key points of Lecture 24
  2. We’ll look at the purpose and structure of the reference list
  3. We’ll look at the purpose and structure of the bibliography
  4. I’ll summarize the main points of the lecture
  5. We'll look ahead to Lecture 26
Purpose and structure of the reference list and the bibliography
06:33

Objectives

  1. We’ll recap the main points of Lecture 25
  2. We’ll look at the reason for including an executive summary in your paper
  3. We’ll look at how an executive summary should be structured
  4. I’ll summarize the main points of the lecture
  5. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 27
Purpose and structure of the executive summary
07:09

Objectives

  1. We’ll recap the main points of Lecture 26
  2. We’ll look at the reason for including an abstract in your paper
  3. We’ll look at how an abstract should be structured
  4. I’ll summarize the main points of the lecture
  5. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 28
Purpose and structure of the abstract
05:46

Check your understanding of ideas from Lectures 20 to 27.

Section 4 Quiz
19 questions
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Section 5––Qualities of Effective Academic Writing
6 Lectures 33:23

Objectives

  1. We'll recap the key points of Lecture 27
  2. I’ll introduce the objectives of Section 5—Qualities of Effective Academic Writing
  3. I’ll introduce the Section 5 topics
  4. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 29
Introduction to Section 5: Qualities of Effective Academic Writing
02:36

Objectives

  1. We’ll look at the “tell them” technique
  2. I’ll summarize the key points of the lecture
  3. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 30
Macro structure—“Tell them”
03:17

Objectives

  1. We’ll recap the main points of Lecture 29
  2. We’ll examine the structure and purpose of your paper’s Introduction
  3. I’ll introduce the feature of the Introduction called the “hook”
  4. I’ll summarize the key points of the lecture
  5. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 31
Preview 06:18

Objectives

  1. We’ll recap the main points of Lecture 30
  2. We’ll examine the structure and purpose of your paper’s Conclusion
  3. I’ll summarize the main points of the lecture
  4. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 32
The Conclusion
08:16

Objectives

  1. We’ll recap the main points of Lecture 31
  2. We’ll look at parallel structure and why it’s important
  3. I’ll summarize the main points of the lecture
  4. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 33
Parallel structure
04:49

Objectives

  1. We’ll recap the main points of Lecture 32
  2. We’ll look at the contribution of cohesion, clarity and unity to the effectiveness of your paper
  3. I’ll summarize the main points of the lecture
  4. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 34
Cohesion, clarity, and unity
08:07

Check your understanding of ideas from Lectures 29 to 33.

Section 5 Quiz
11 questions
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Section 6––Editing and Revision
5 Lectures 34:33

Objectives

  1. We’ll recap the key points of Lecture 33
  2. I’ll introduce the objectives of Section 6—Editing and Revision
  3. I’ll introduce the Section 6 topics
  4. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 35
Preview 02:23

Objectives

  1. We’ll look at the matter of timing in the completion of your paper
  2. I’ll summarize the main points of the lecture
  3. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 36
Timing
07:16

Objectives

  1. We’ll recap the main points of Lecture 35
  2. We’ll look at the importance of the verification of your objectives
  3. I’ll summarize the main points of the lecture
  4. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 37
Verifying your objectives
06:20

Objectives

  1. We’ll recap the main points of Lecture 36
  2. We’ll examine the proofreading process
  3. I’ll summarize the main points of the lecture
  4. We’ll look ahead to Lecture 38
Proofreading
06:06

Objectives

  1. We’ll recap the main points of Lecture 37
  2. We’ll examine the process of peer editing
  3. I’ll summarize the main points of the lecture
  4. We’ll look ahead to the last lecture
Peer editing—who, how
12:28

Check your understanding of ideas from Lectures 35 to 38.

Section 6 Quiz
4 questions
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Conclusion
2 Lectures 25:36

Objectives

  1. We’ll recap the main points of Lecture 38
  2. We’ll do a wrap-up of the first 20 lectures of the course
Wrap-up: Part 1
14:15

  1. We'll complete our wrap-up of the course
Wrap-up Part: 2
11:21
About the Instructor
Leigh Faulkner
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School, University and Workplace Educator

I'm an educator with wide experience. I've taught public school (all grades from four to twelve) and was vice principal and principal of various public schools. I was principal of a private school. I was a volunteer international development worker with the World University Service of Canada and I've taught at universities in three countries.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts in English & Philosophy, a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Arts (Ed.) in Curriculum Development, and a Doctor of Education in Reading Education.

I developed and taught a study skills course at an international university in Japan, where I was a tenured professor. I've now written five books on study skills and produced YouTube videos on study skills.

I've had my poetry published widely in literary magazines and anthologies and have published five books of poetry, as well as a novel.

I'm excited at the prospect of sharing my knowledge with learners everywhere!