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Research Education at the Mardigian Library

FAQ: How Do I Book Research Education Sessions?

Fill out our course support form to book a research education session for your course that teaches students the research skills they need to be successful. Librarians can also develop customized, online research guides for these sessions.

Research education sessions should be directly tied to your course research assignment and scheduled at point of need, as close as possible to the time when students are just beginning their research.

In order to more successfully tailor instruction to specific assignment needs, we request that faculty:
Request research education sessions at least 14 days in advance
Forward an assignment copy to the librarian teaching the session at least 7 days in advance
Attend the session with students to improve their motivation and learning 

FAQ: How Can We Help Our Students Choose Sources That Aren't CRAAP?

This CRAAP Test checklist guides students through asking questions about their sources when they're deciding whether or not to use them for research assignments.

FAQ: How Can We Help Our Students Understand the Research Process?

The research process for university assignments is a lot messier than students think. This video will help students navigate their way through the twists and turns of the research process.

FAQ: How Can We Help Our Students Understand What Peer-Review Is?

View this short video below that explains the concept of peer-review for students: 

FAQ: How Can We Help Our Students Stop Plagiarizing!?

One of the biggest issues with respect to academic conduct is plagiarism.  Students should read the University of Michigan - Dearborn's Academic Code of Conduct for an overall view of ethically and honest work on their assignments.

The video below will help explain what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. 

Additonal plagiarism resources are available on the Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) web site.  


FAQ: How Can We Improve Our Students' Research Paper Writing Skills?

Here are some research paper writing tips and a general recommended format to help guide student writing that you can tailor to the requirements of your assigned research papers.

Writing Tips

  • Decide on the research paper's main thesis (focus) and main points first
  • Write the body of the research paper first and then write the introduction and conclusion
  • Everything in your research paper should point back to the thesis

Research Paper Format

Research papers should have an introduction, a body, and a conclusion:

1. Introduction: summarizes what you will write and puts it into context

  • Start the introduction with background that contextualizes the paper's main thesis
  • End the introduction with a thesis statement, which outlines the main points of the paper and how you will address them

2. Body: presents the main points of the paper, with each paragraph representing one aspect of the paper's main focus. Each paragraph should include a topic sentence, evidence, analysis, and a transition sentence:

  • The topic sentence summarizes the paragraph's main idea
  • Use evidence from your research sources to support or make the argument for your main ideas
  • Analyse your evidence to show how it links to your broader thesis
  • Include a transition sentence at the end of each paragraph to connect what you discussed in that paragraph with the main idea of the next paragraph

3. Conclusion: summarizes what you wrote and what you learned

  • Restate your thesis from the introduction in different words
  • Briefly summarize your main points or arguments and pull them together into the paper's main thesis
  • End with a strong, final statement that ties the whole paper together and makes it clear the paper has come to an end
  • No new ideas should be introduced in the conclusion, it should only review and analyze the main points from the body of the paper (with the exception of suggestions for further research)


The Writing Center can also help assist students with their writing projects. Make an appointment here:

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