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How to Produce a Finding and a Claim

How to Produce a Finding and a Claim

In previous chapters, some of the big and little errors that students commonly make in their papers were examined. I also provided a tentative answer to the question of how much of the literature you will have to read in order to arrive at a minimally competent grasp of a topic to be able to see broad patterns in the literature and find a shortcoming in it to formulate a research question as a prelude to your own research project. I introduced a sample RCOS to show you a typical way in which the information from your readings can be organized to allow you to synthesize and critique the ...

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