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Special Workshop: Research Writing Resources

Research Writing Workshop Objectives

I will hold a writing resources workshop, and extended office hours, for students in my discussion sections.

This is scheduled to take place on December 5, 2016 from 4:00PM - 5:30PM, in Lane Hall (200), Room 107

  • Present a variety of writing tools and resources for students to better their writing.
  • Discuss empirical research paper format and writing styles.
  • Explore the research norms surrounding the creation of a paper introduction and literature review.
  • Describe the components of a research paper and ensure that work conforms to these standards.
  • Explore the various types of data analysis, the various software that can perform data analysis, etc.


Section Slides

**See attached .pdf file.

Understanding Analysis Options


    • A bar chart uses rectangular bars that have lengths proportional to the values that they represent, plotted either vertically or horizontally. The aim of a bar chart is usually to show differences in amounts over time, or differences in amounts across categories. This means that the bars can represent individual categories, or the same category at various times.

    • A line chart displays information as a series of data points connected by straight line segments.  The aim of a line chart is typically to show changes in data over time. Thus, the points in the chart can represent the same category at various times.


    • A data table works to provide relational information using columns and rows to arrange the various data. The columns typically represent observed variables, and the rows observations. Thus a data table can be used to compare and contrast various observations or to display results.


    • A regression assesses the ways in which an independent variable influences a dependent variable. The goal is to see to what degree changes in one variable are associated with changes in another, ultimately enabling one to predict an outcome. You may estimate a linear model using specific regression software. The model will display a coefficient which measures the slope of the closest straight line drawn through your data points, with the least amount of error. The coefficient signals the relationship between the variables and whether the line is positive or negative.  

    • Turing data into a scatter plot and formatting a linear line allows you to visualize the relationship between the variables. Visually looking at the plot may provide information about the relationship, and tell if said relationship is positive or negative. 


Applied Data Analysis Support