Using Resources

Video Transcript
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Tutor: OK, now that you have thought about how you will organize your paper, you will need to think about what resources you will use.

Student: What do you mean resources?

Tutor: I mean the places where you will get the information for your paper.

Student: Where do I begin?

Tutor: Here are some ideas.

Slide 2 – Ideas for Resources

Linear Logic in English Writing

As you plan your writing, pleas remember to be direct and use linear logic!

Slide 3 – Linear Logic in English Writing

American professors expect to see this type of organization in your essay:

I. Introduction
II. Body
III. Conclusion

We’ll be talking more about this later.

Slides 4 – Ideas for Resources

Libraries

Internet

Academic Journals

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Student: Wow, there are a lot of possibilities!

Tutor: Yes, and it’s important for you to be able to decide which information to use.

Slide 6 – How to Judge the Value of Information

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As we have seen, there is a wealth of information for you to choose from.

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When you choose information, remember that it is for an academic paper.

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A website with a lot of pictures and not much text may be interesting, but it probably isn’t an academic source. The same goes for books and other sources.

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Be especially careful about information from the Internet, and remember that anyone can publish anything on the Internet.

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Look carefully at the address. Is it.com? .edu? .org? .gov? If it is “.com,” are they trying to sell you something?

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Who wrote the text? What do you know about the author’s education and experience? What are the sources of the author’s information? Is the author trying to convince or persuade you of something?

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Does the website / article / report present just one side of an argument or opinion, or is it a balanced report?

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Is the information complete?

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Is the information up to date? In other words, how reliable is the information?

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Is the information relevant?

Does it answer your question and serve the purpose of your paper?

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Make sure that you have considered all these factors as you decide which information to use: academic, few pictures, web address, author, balance, completeness, up to date, reliability, and relevance.

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Student: You’ve given me a lot to think about! Is there more?

Tutor: Yes. Now let’s move on to the next step, Mapping Your Ideas.

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