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OVERVIEW: The way to well-written science

How to do the Course


PART I: Paragraphs and Sentences

SET A: Paragraphs: The Maps Behind Them

SET B: Paragraphs: Using Maps to Meet Readers' Expectations

SET C: Paragraphs with Something Extra: Points and Tails

SET D: The Generic Section: Expectations and Maps as Blueprints

SET E: Scientific Sections: The Methods and Results

SET F: Scientific Sections: The Discussion

SET G : Scientific Sections: The Introduction

SET H : Sentences

SET I : The Paper as a Whole



PART II: The Paper and its Sections


SET 1: Argument Parts

SET 2: Indicator Words

SET 3: Refining Claims

SET 4: Locating Arguments in Prose

SET 5: Rationale's Essay Planner

SET 6: Evidence in Arguments: Basis Boxes

SET 7: Assessing

SET 8: More on Assessing

SET 9: Analysis Maps

SET 10: Assessing Again

Synthesis 1: Position-Early Paragraphs

Synthesis 2: Position-Final Paragraphs

Synthesis 3: Writing a Discussion I

Synthesis 4: Writing a Discussion II

Exercises 1 and 2

Exercise 1

Choose a paper in your field and critique it in terms of how well it complies with the expectations readers have at the level of the "paper as a whole". In particular, look to

the locations in the list below, to see whether a reader who skims the paper would or would not be confused as to the questions/solutions addressed in the paper.

(1) The statement of the Specific Research Question/s in the Introduction

(2) The first (Frame of Reference) paragraph of the Discussion

(3) The sub-headings of the Discussion

(4) The Title

(5) The Abstract

Also: how well does the paper satisfy the expectation that the paper will ahve a prominet "backbone" i.e. a main Problem-Solution axis


Exercise 2

Here you will redo the very first exercise that you did in this course. That is, you will write up an Introduction to your own research project, guided now by the knowledge acquired during the course. It should have one of the typical structures shown below, depending on whether your work addresses multiple problems, and how inter-related they are.


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