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Synthesizing Information (Video)

Whether you’re taking notes, crafting an annotated bibliography or outline, or writing a paper itself, the writing techniques you use are vital to the success of your information synthesis.

Throughout your paper, you’ll use a mixture of techniques, including paraphrasing, quoting directly from your sources, and summarizing.

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Synthesizing Information (Tutorial)

Many assignments require you to synthesize information you find from different sources in the course of your research. Synthesizing information involves combining what you've learned from reading various sources to form new conclusions about a particular topic.

In this tutorial, you will familiarize yourself with how to incorporate information synthesis in steps throughout your research process and apply the principles of information synthesis.

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QUIZ: Synthesizing Information

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Annotated Bibliography (Tutorial)

An annotated bibliography goes a step further than a regular bibliography by providing a summary of each source or an explanation of that source’s relevance to your research.

By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to define the purpose of annotated bibliographies, identify the components of annotated bibliographies, and write a critical annotation.

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Anatomy of a Research Paper (Video)

You’ve narrowed your topic and done your research. Now you’re ready to present the information in its final form: as a research paper.

This video will teach you about the correct structure of a research paper. Once you’ve finished watching, you’ll know what information goes where and how you should format your paper.

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QUIZ: Anatomy of a Research Paper

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Writing Help (Video)

Writing is communicating, and in order to communicate clearly, whether with an idea in a research paper or a question in an email, there are certain basic tenets to follow for writing to be clear and professional.

In this video, we will look at basic guidelines to follow in your writing. These include writing in a concise and clear manner, employing sentence variety and transitions, checking for spelling and grammatical errors, and becoming familiar with possible resources for writing help.

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Digital Privacy (Tutorial)

Digital privacy is your ability to protect details about your personal life in the digital environment. It’s also about protecting the privacy of your family, friends, and acquaintances.

This tutorial will help you identify where and how your information may be vulnerable, and provide you with strategies to protect your digital privacy.

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Paraphrasing, Quoting, and Summarizing (Tutorial)

There are three basic modes of presenting evidence and ideas from other sources: in direct quotations, through paraphrasing, or by summarizing.

This tutorial will define these three methods of discussing evidence and information, tips and examples for using each method, and guidance for deciding which method is best for a given situation.

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