When doing research, you might feel overwhelmed by all the information that's out there. Even within scholarly article databases like PsycINFO and EducationSource, you can find yourself facing thousands of peer-reviewed articles on your topic!
This video gives you a few strategies to skim the articles you find so you can tell if they fit your needs. It also covers some tips for using your search results to help you narrow your research topic.
You might also need practice identifying different approaches to research, either qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods. The following video will get you up to speed on this topic.
Writing in your own words using academic sources is an important, but difficult, skill. Summarizing and paraphrasing are two writing techniques that don’t involve direct quotes.
Summarizing captures the big picture and lets your reader know generally what a source said.
You can paraphrase more specific ideas or points made by an author, but using your own words instead of theirs.
Summarized and paraphrased materials do need citations, just like quotes. After all, you’re referencing someone else’s ideas – and it’s the thought that counts when it comes to plagiarism.
Strategies for writing in your own words include:
For more information about the difference between quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing, check out the Purdue OWL guide.
Driscoll, D.L & Brizee, A. (2013, February 15). Quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing. Retrieved from https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/563/1/