Writing Research Papers

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Writing Research Papers

Answer the following questions about writing a research paper.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    A good way to evaluate trustworthy online sources is to...
    • A. 

      Look at the domain extension.

    • B. 

      Look for pages with background music.

    • C. 

      Look for pages that have no author listed.

    • D. 

      Look for pages written by amateurs.

  • 2. 
    In general, the most trustworthy online sources have the domain extensions...
    • A. 

      .php and .mov.

    • B. 

      .gov and .edu.

    • C. 

      .com and .jpeg.

    • D. 

      .asp and .png.

  • 3. 
    In general, an online source is not good if...
    • A. 

      The author has authority on the subject.

    • B. 

      The author provides evidence to substantiate opinions.

    • C. 

      There are a lot of spelling and grammar mistakes.

    • D. 

      What the author says can be substantiated by other sources.

  • 4. 
    In general, an online source is good if...
    • A. 

      It provides no links to other sources.

    • B. 

      The author uses an angry, provocative tone.

    • C. 

      The tone is sensationalistic.

    • D. 

      The site is not obviously just an advertisement for a product.

  • 5. 
    Sites should be avoided if...
    • A. 

      They contain a lot of dead links.

    • B. 

      It is an academic site.

    • C. 

      The information they contain is relevant to your research.

    • D. 

      The author uses a fair and balanced tone.

  • 6. 
    A good thesis statement...
    • A. 

      Is vague and indirect.

    • B. 

      Presents a position that is debatable.

    • C. 

      Makes broad generalizations.

    • D. 

      States the obvious.

  • 7. 
    A good thesis statement...
    • A. 

      Presents more than one position on a topic.

    • B. 

      Is angry and biased in tone.

    • C. 

      Is merely a restatement of the topic.

    • D. 

      Makes clear the direction the essay is going to take.

  • 8. 
    If you are experiencing writer's block, you should...
    • A. 

      Make sure that everything you write is perfect.

    • B. 

      Turn off your internal critic.

    • C. 

      Start writing later in the quarter.

    • D. 

      Start writing your introduction.

  • 9. 
    Generally speaking, which of the following should you NOT do when writing a paper?
    • A. 

      Start early enough in the quarter to make sure you are finished in time.

    • B. 

      Develop the introduction and conclusion later.

    • C. 

      Use deadlines (as motivators) to your own advantage.

    • D. 

      Try to put everything in a logical order while you are writing.

  • 10. 
    Which of the following is not a good way to structure your paper?
    • A. 

      Asking yourself questions about the text as you read.

    • B. 

      Arguing against a secondary source with which you disagree.

    • C. 

      Writing bits and pieces of your paper, then putting them all together in a logical order afterwards.

    • D. 

      Trying to guess what your professor wants.

  • 11. 
    Which of the following statements is NOT true?
    • A. 

      Generally speaking, who, what, where, why, and how are irrelevant questions when writing about literature.

    • B. 

      Even people who write well sometimes have difficulty writing.

    • C. 

      Worrying about the final grade will probably make it more difficult to write.

    • D. 

      You should always choose a topic that is interesting to you.

  • 12. 
    Which of the following should you NOT do if you are having difficulty writing?
    • A. 

      Focus on the subject of your paper.

    • B. 

      Avoid writing until you feel comfortable.

    • C. 

      Give yourself small rewards along the way.

    • D. 

      Establish your own personal ideal conditions for writing.

  • 13. 
    Mind mapping and outlining are different ways of...
    • A. 

      Organizing your thoughts.

    • B. 

      Scheduling your writing time.

    • C. 

      Rewarding yourself.

    • D. 

      Getting bogged down in your research.

  • 14. 
    Which of these is not a transition statement?
    • A. 

      "as we know"

    • B. 

      "at the same time"

    • C. 

      "however"

    • D. 

      "original"

  • 15. 
    Which of these is not a transition statement?
    • A. 

      "in addition"

    • B. 

      "in spite of"

    • C. 

      "joint"

    • D. 

      "but"

  • 16. 
    Which of these is not a transition statement?
    • A. 

      "match"

    • B. 

      "however"

    • C. 

      "in addition"

    • D. 

      "moreover"

  • 17. 
    Which of the following is not a transition statement?
    • A. 

      "yet"

    • B. 

      "so"

    • C. 

      "of course"

    • D. 

      "average"

  • 18. 
    Revising and editing are the same thing.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 19. 
    The difference between revising and editing is that...
    • A. 

      When we revise we make minor changes, and when we edit we make major changes to our writing.

    • B. 

      When we edit we make minor changes, and when we revise we make major changes to our writing.

    • C. 

      Revising has to do with improving the text, and editing doesn't.

    • D. 

      Editing has to do with improving the text, and revising doesn't.

  • 20. 
    When we are writing the first draft, we shouldn't worry about style and accuracy.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 21. 
    When writing an academic paper, we should assume our reader knows nothing about the topic.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 22. 
    Your paper should have a unifying theme stated as a thesis near the end of the first or second paragraph.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 23. 
    It is best to avoid theses that are too argumentative or controversial.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 24. 
    An argument is a conceptual statement aimed at a specific conclusion.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 25. 
    It's a good idea to give your paper the same title as the work you are writing about.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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