Posted by: Emily | November 17, 2009

What we get used to saying at this time of the year

I was just googleychatting Maria from my desk shift in Brooklyn to her desk shift in Indiana. And guess what? With drafts of your research paper due right around the corner, we find ourselves repeating ourselves and saying a lot of the same things. Are you a similarly broken record? What do you tell students over and over again?

1. You will have to actually read it to see if it applies to your thesis. There’s no way around that, and I can’t do that for you.

2. You don’t have to read the *whole* book. You can read relevant *chapters* in the book.

3. Sometimes electronic sources aren’t faster. We’ve been sitting here together for twenty minutes. Does that feel faster to you?

4. The article won’t prove your point for you. You have to argue your point, using the article as evidence.

5. Research is hard, and it takes awhile.


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