Research Paper ?? and HELP!! - page 2

I am doing a research paper "Should the nursing profession be unionized?" I am NOT having problems coming up with articles to support my argument. I got 10/40 on the second draft. The reason?? I... Read More

  1. by   JBudd
    You go, girl friend! You can do it. Make the paper your own, not just a reference list. :heartbeat :kiss
  2. by   Sumatra
    Hi--

    I am an English teacher, and the advice you've received is right on. Using quotes is fine, but each quote should be introduced and followed by your own analysis (comment, connection with other material, argument, etc.). Make sure that your own ideas come across clearly.

    Please use the writing lab. I advise students to come in more than once with an important paper. Instructors want papers that are proofread and clearly organized.

    Writing is a skill like anything else, and anyone can learn the techniques. You can do this! Good luck.
  3. by   mercyteapot
    I would also suggest taking a course in English Composition. I'm a bit surprised you were able to get into nursing school without having taken that class in high school. You'll learn all about research papers. The time investment will pay off in nursing school and in your career.
  4. by   kwagner_51
    Quote from mercyteapot
    I would also suggest taking a course in English Composition. I'm a bit surprised you were able to get into nursing school without having taken that class in high school. You'll learn all about research papers. The time investment will pay off in nursing school and in your career.
    Not only did I take English Comp in HS I also took it at University in 1988 I got a B. I had to do a research paper then and paraphrased it in my own words and got an F!! She wanted me to use quotes, so when I did this one, based on what I had learned at the SAME University, I used quotes.

    Oh well. That was then and this is now...so when in Rome....

    Thanks!!


    ___________________________

    In His Grace,


    Karen


    Failure is NOT an option!!
  5. by   jenrninmi
    Quote from nesher
    Don't despair! I agree go to the writing lab. By the way when you paraphrase information you still give the author of the information credit!
    Never mind.
    Last edit by JENRN2BMICHIGAN on Apr 8, '05
  6. by   jeepgirl
    Doesn't your school make you buy an APA manual?
  7. by   renerian
    Uh in the research papers I have writen I actually did the research, otherwise it is really not "research" looking up others work, I would have to see the objectives of your paper. Is that what your instructor was looking for?

    renerian
  8. by   kwagner_51
    Quote from renerian
    Uh in the research papers I have writen I actually did the research, otherwise it is really not "research" looking up others work, I would have to see the objectives of your paper. Is that what your instructor was looking for?

    renerian

    She loved my quotes. Here is what she said: "Ok, Karen, you have good quotes, but you haven't added to this with your own words. You cannot quote an entire paper or you will fail this assignment and possibly the entire course."

    Under the 'Professional Responsiblities" section of the paper I direct quoted the Nursing Code of Ethics.


    To answer other posters, I bought the APA manual [recommended NOT required] and PERRLA program that puts the paper in APA format.

    I used to teach English myself, and a research paper was always QUOTED and NEVER paraphrased. Of Course this was in the early eighties.

    All my students had for research was encyclopedias. Easy to check to see if they had quoted or tried to put in their own words. :chuckle

    Anyway, I now know what she wants and I will make SURE that when my kids do research papers, they will paraphrase and not quote.

    _____________________________

    In His Grace,

    Karen

    Failure is NOT an option!!
  9. by   Soleilpie
    Quote from kwagner_51
    she loved my quotes. here is what she said: "ok, karen, you have good quotes, but you haven't added to this with your own words. you cannot quote an entire paper or you will fail this assignment and possibly the entire course."

    under the 'professional responsiblities" section of the paper i direct quoted the nursing code of ethics.


    to answer other posters, i bought the apa manual [recommended not required] and perrla program that puts the paper in apa format.

    i used to teach english myself, and a research paper was always quoted and never paraphrased. of course this was in the early eighties.

    all my students had for research was encyclopedias. easy to check to see if they had quoted or tried to put in their own words. :chuckle

    anyway, i now know what she wants and i will make sure that when my kids do research papers, they will paraphrase and not quote.

    _____________________________

    in his grace,

    karen

    failure is not an option!!
    there's nothing wrong with quoting. you can quote and paraphrase when writing a paper. i usually only quote something if it's something of great importance and will add some oomph to the paper by the way it's phrased. otherwise, i just paraphrase. you can also paraphrase into one sentence using information from more than one research article as long as you cite each one.
  10. by   Tweety
    Most of the papers I write are quotes and paraphrases entirely because I'm presenting ideas that aren't necessarily my own, and not subjects I know a lot about. As long as you include your sources, every sentence can be referenced if need be.

    There probably should be a balance so the entire paper is quotes, but paraphrased ideas, or combination of ideas.

    Papers should be judged on the presentation of the information, not the number of quotes or paraphrases.

    Good luck.

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