Effective writing strategies for report writing guide students through the legal requirements and best practices for creating and completing reports commonly found in the field of corrections. Writing assignments and exercises provide students with opportunities to apply course material. Examples of resumes and cover letters offer students real-world tips to help prepare them for the workforce. A discussion on plagiarism clearly defines the concept to students as well as offers advice on how plagiarism can be avoided. An entire chapter devoted to information literacy explains to students how to better identify, obtain, and evaluate information.

The Academic Research Paper

Chapter 7 The academic research paper

Many students cringe at the very thought of writing a research paper. It is often viewed both by strong writers and those who lack confidence in their writing skills as a tedious, boring assignment that requires a great deal of time to complete. This chapter will introduce students to conducting research, locating and evaluating sources, reading scholarly journal articles, and writing a research paper using credible sources. The chapter includes sample student essays. With the guidance contained in this chapter, students should no longer dread a research paper assignment.

The Research Writing Process

The research paper is similar to other kinds of essays, “the difference being the use of documented source material to support, illustrate, or explain” ...

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