Barnard: Research Methods/Religion Lab: Writing & Revising Your Work

A guide to help with your final paper for the Religion Lab course.

Tips for Revising Your Paper

Revisions at the macro level--overall structure and flow of argument, evidence to support argument, addressing counter arguments, etc.

Revisions at the micro level--grammar, spelling, placement and format of topic sentences within paragraphs, etc.

Revision is an iterative process; each draft or revision leads to a better end product.

Research is a communal process--you find your voice within the research community, you respond to other voices, other voices respond to you.

Importance of ethics in research--representing the work of others fairly; expectation that your work will be represented fairly; giving and receiving constructive feedback; access and copyright issues.

Future Exercise: Use Murray's book (see below) to "interview" a draft of your paper (pp. 222-226).


Select Bibliography

Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of Research. 3rd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.

Graff, Gerald, Cathy Birkenstein, Russel Durst. "They Say/I Say": The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing. 3rd ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 2015.

Lipson, Charles. How To Write a BA Thesis: A Practical Guide from Your First Ideas to Your Finished Paper. Chicago Guide to Writing, Editing, and Publishing series. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.

Murray, Donald M. The Craft of Revision. 5th ed. Boston : Thomson/Heinle, 2004.

Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers. 8th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.