Western Libraries' Self-Paced Online Tutorials (SPOT)

Research Writing Tutorial Sequence

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Start off your research project on the right foot! This lesson will give you the tools to know how to understand your assignment, plan out your research, and get started.

Time to complete: 45 - 60 minutes

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Finding & Evaluation Sources

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Learn to get high-quality, scholarly articles from discipline-specific databases and the journals they search, critically evaluate them and use them with purpose.

Time to complete: 45 - 60 minutes

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Drafting & Revising

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This self-paced module teaches you how to gather your research and present it in a clear and concise manner. 

Time to complete: 45 - 60 minutes

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Proofreading & Editing

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Finish and cleanup of your paper, creating a work that effectively communicates with your reader. 

Time to complete: 45 - 60 minutes

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Documenting & Citing

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Learn how to make citations to responsibly use the work of others, share your own work and establish your academic integrity. 

Time to complete: 45 - 60 minutes

More Tutorials

Learn what plagiarism is, why it matters, and how to avoid.

Time to complete: 15 - 20 minutes

Research writing for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) has unique conventions suited to those disciplines and traditions.

Time to complete: 45 - 60 minutes

Contact

Curt Pavia, Western Libraries' Learning Technologist, with questions about the content in these tutorials and assistance importing into Canvas.

CanvasHelp@wwu.edu for other Canvas technical support.

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