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Contributed by Mary Lourdes Silva on 10/23/2013
Want to advance your research skills and writing skills? This Spring, the Writing department is offering a new course titled "Inquiry, Research, and Writing Across the Disciplines"--WRTG 21700. In this course, students will learn what it means to think, communicate, and write like a researcher in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences.
Is research important to your major? If you plan on working in the Communications field, you'll be expected to select and evaluate a variety of sources and conduct primary research. In the Sciences and Social Sciences, students have to know how to write a comprehensive annotated bibliography and literature review. In small non-profit organizations or start-up businesses, employees or entrepreneurs may volunteer their efforts to write grants to fund projects, which require extensive research of a social/economic problem or a target audience. Most importantly, nearly all fields will expect its researchers to be technologically adept at using search engines and databases and managing digital source information.