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Writing a Literature Review
How to Use Sources Effectively in Expert Writing from GW
Prof. Phil Troutman says, "It's not how many sources you have, but how you USE them that counts!" Read on as Prof. Troutman explains a simple but effective way to think about using sources effectively in expert writing. He also offers sentence templates to help you signal these uses to readers.
How to Make Key Rhetorical and Intellectual Moves in Expert Writing from GW
Student-writers are asked to make complex intellectual, analytical, and rhetorical moves in their thinking and writing. Often our everyday language forms are not particularly well suited to such tasks as handling multiple perspectives at once, to forging connections between abstractions and examples, synthesizing ideas from a matrix of sources. Fortunately, discourse communities (like disciplines, professions, and fields of study) develop specialized traditions of language used to do this complex kind of communicative work.
Research Assistance from GW Libraries
Librarians are available to consult with you one-on-one about your research project. They can help you not only to identify good sources but also to refine your topic, clarify your argument, or think through the evidence you're using.