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Creating Literature Reviews

Literature reviews are great resources for research projects in all disciplines, presenting the key ideas in a field, pointing to must-read articles, and sugesting directions for future research. How do you go about writing one, though? This page is a collection of resources and tips for creating your own literature review.

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Crafting a Research Question

Coming up with a good research question is essential for any research! Whether you're joining a faculty-led group or initiating an independent research project, research questions will be central to your work.By the end of this activity, you'll be able to:Generate potential research questionsRefine and improve your research questionsExplain the broader significance of your research questionIf you are joining a faculty-led project, you can still benefit from working through this tutorial. Learning about the process of generating a research question can prepare you for your future independent projects. This workshop was created by UCLA's WI+RE team.

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Finding a Research Mentor or Project

Once you've decided to do research, the next step is to make a list of research opportunities that interest you!By the end of this activity, you'll be able to:Identify your research interestsIdentify potential mentors and research projectsMake a list of potential mentors and research projectsThis workshop was created by UCLA's WI+RE team.

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Beginning Your Research Journey

Anyone can get started with research—all it takes is curiosity and persistence!By the end of this activity, you'll be able to:Describe the nature of researchList reasons to do researchArticulate your goals for doing researchThis workshop was created by UCLA's WI+RE team.

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Sharing Your Research

Congratulations! You've spent weeks, months, and maybe even years working on a research project that you're proud of. Now you will need to present your research and its significance in a concise manner. You will learn how to share your research in two formats: the research abstract, and the elevator speech.By the end of this workshop, you'll be able to:Write a research abstractDeliver an effective elevator speech about your research project

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Getting Started with Research at UCLA

Looking to get involved with research at UCLA? Anyone can do research, and this workshop connects you with resources and opportunities to help you get started today!In this activity, you will learn about getting started with research at UCLA. By the end of this workshop, you'll be able to:Identify possible areas of interest for a research projectFind campus resources that match your needs and interestsCreate a concrete plan with the first steps for getting involved in research
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Evaluating Sources Rubric

Rubric used to score student annotated bibliographies in order to evaluate the learning outcomes "Students will be able to evaluate sources based on information need and the context in which the information will be used" and "Students will be able to identify multiple perspectives on a research topic."

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Writing a Literature Review

Writing a literature review can seem like a daunting task. It involves finding sources, synthesizing them, and relating them to your research topic. This workshop will guide you through the process of writing a literature review, providing plenty of examples and tips along the way.By the end of this activity, you'll be able to:Recognize key components of a literature reviewIdentify a knowledge gap in previous research and express how you can address the gapOrganize sources effectively and logicallyThe workshop includes interactive video animations and self-assessment questions.

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Citing Sources the APA Way

In this interactive Coassemble module, students are taught the basics of APA format (7th edition). The module begins with a discussion about the disciplines that use APA. It then moves into a lessons on in-text citations, as well as article, book, and website References page citations. Finally, students learn about basic APA paper format, from the title page to the References page. Checkpoints appear at the end of each lesson to test and reinforce knowledge.

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The C.R.E.A.T.E.S. website

Created in collaboration with Dr. Jordan Moberg Parker, UCLA's Director of Undergraduate Laboratory Curriculum and Assessment in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, C.R.E.A.T.E.S. is a set of 6 steps that help learners read and critically analyze scientific papers. The C.R.E.A.T.E.S. method, pioneered by Dr. Sally Hoskins, has a demonstrated positive impact on undergraduate students' self-confidence in scientific reading, as well as in their general perceptions of and beliefs about science and scientific thinking (Hoskins, et. al, 2017).The new C.R.E.A.T.E.S. site uses interactive media, step-by-step directions, and detailed annotation of authentic examples to guide students through the process.

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