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EDUC.7130: Research Writing in Social Sciences

First Steps

"One of the things you should always do before submitting a paper is read articles published by the journal to which you are submitting to get a sense of the conversations being had in its pages and to find a model for your own work."

[Overall, your planning should accomplish these goals:]

  • trace previous work on the subject and set up the problem
  • identify how your paper addresses that problem. That is key: explaining what you do to address the gaps of literature or problem of the paper.
  • note the broader contributions and implications of the piece. "


-Victoria Reyes, Inside Higher Ed, May, 2017

What to Think About Before You Write Your Paper

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Bear in Mind

"Take some time before even writing your paper to think about the logic of the presentation. When writing, focus on a story that progresses logically, rather than the chronological order of the experiments that you did." 
               - Deborah Sweet, editor of Cell Stem Cell and publishing director at Cell Press

Qualitative Writing is an Iterative Process

infographic of qualitative writing as iterative process, Reflect, visualize, memo, import, explore, code query

From the QSR website


Handling qualitative data is not usually a step-by-step process. Instead, it tends to be an iterative process where you explore, code, reflect, memo, code some more, query and so on. For example, the graphic at left shows a path you might take to investigate an interesting theme.

(from QSR Website)

Consider the Questions Below

As a way of understanding your feelings about writing think about these questions:

what is your biggest obstacle to writing

what is your typical writing process like

how do you feel while writing

Mind Mapping

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