Adding your own voice to a research assignment

As students read and made notes on resource materials, they should consider ways to add their own thoughts and ideas to their research papers:

  • Compare/contrast multiple articles' findings
  • Explain a quotation
  • Disagree with the article’s findings, and explain why
  • Agree with the article, but with a difference
  • Agree and disagree at the same time
  • Find gaps in the existing research
  • Find fault with methods
  • Find fault with the assumptions
  • Find fault with the conclusions[1]

[1]Several of these ideas are drawn from Graff, G., & Birkenstein, C. (2010). They say / I say: The moves that matter in academic writing. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.