Animation Discourse Week 8 Research Methodology & Academic Writing 2

For week 8, it was the continuation of week 7 of research methodology and academic writing. Yuan had went over significant points involving significant points such as the structure of the essay.

  • Introduction
  • Section
  • Section 2
  • Conclusion
  • References

With sections 1, 2 and etc to be the main body for the following essay. The introduction acts as a bridge that transports readers to this place of this essay and have initial impressions of the argument made within the text and writing style. To include an introduction is too;

• Arouse the reader’s interest
• Set the scene
• Explain how you interpret the question set
• Define or explain key terms if necessary
• Identify the issues that you are going to explore
• Give a brief outline of how you will deal with each issue, and in which order

The main body is divided into sections with subtitles to cover one topic and into paragraphs. They need their own structure, a topic sentence which tells the reader about the subject in the paragraph (the first paragraph) and each one having a purpose. 

Every paragraph should be:
Unified—All of the sentences in a single paragraph should relate to a single controlling idea
(often expressed in the topic sentence of the paragraph).
Clearly related to the research question—The sentences should all refer to the central idea of
the work.
Coherent—The sentences should be arranged in a logical manner and should follow a definite
plan for development.
Well-developed—Every idea discussed in the paragraph should be adequately explained and
supported through evidence and details that work together to explain the paragraph’s
controlling idea.

Paragraphs should have more than one sentence add adding in “however, moreover, nevertheless, on the other hand and in addition”. For the conclusion is needed to round off your work, when introducing new ideas decide whether they are relevant or not and should fit the main body to have our final say in the matter and issues and to make a final impression on a positive note. The conclusion should;

• Draw everything together
• Summarise the main themes
• State your general conclusions
• Make it clear why those conclusions are important or significant
• Do not introduce new material
• In the last sentence, sum up your argument very briefly, linking it to the title
• Set the issues in a broader perspective/wider context
• Discuss what you’ve failed to do if you have.

Editing and proofreading

• Allow plenty of time to proofread your work.
• Be aware of the type of mistakes that you tend to make so you can
focus on eliminating them.
• Read your work aloud, which can highlight punctuation errors

  • You have plagiarised if:
    you took notes that did not distinguish summary and paraphrase from quotation and then you
    presented wording from the notes as if it were all your own
  •  while browsing the Web, you copied text and pasted it into your paper without quotation marks or
    without citing the source 
  • you repeated or paraphrased someone’s wording without acknowledgment.
  •  you paraphrased someone’s argument or presented someone’s line of thought without
  •  you bought or otherwise acquired a research paper and handed in part or all of it as your own
  • You can avoid plagiarism by:
     making a list of the writers and viewpoints you discovered in your research and
    using this list to double-check the presentation of material in your paper.
  • keeping the following three categories distinct in your notes: your ideas, your
    summaries of others’ material, and exact wording you copy.
  • identifying the sources of all material you borrow—exact wording, paraphrases,
    ideas, arguments, and facts.
  • checking with your lecturers/tutors when you are uncertain about your use of

For my essay I had chosen 5 topics narrowing them done from the previous week from my mind map of topics to simplify them on my interests and what catches my attention to write on. I then started writing 5 questions for each to see which one would be the most excellent question and help me pick the one question for my essay to work on after tutorial week.

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