Share this Page URL

Chapter 19. Cast a Critical Eye > Working the Crowd - Pg. 222

Cast a Critical Eye 6. 7. 8. 222 Position the source in your paper by deciding where it fits in the overall thesis and paper or- ganization. Connect the source to what you've already written. Correlate all the information to see what you have already discovered and what you still have to find. Be sure that every source fits with your point and focuses on a key issue in your paper. During this process, you'll find that you're automatically changing the structure of your paper to accommodate what you're finding. Usually the changes are minor, but you may find yourself de- signing a radically new organization to fit the focal points and supporting details. If you're including a Web page or brochure as part of your project, these adjustments take on a spatial consideration as well. In Chapter 20, "In the End Zone," I'll take you step by step through the process of writing your first draft, but while we're here, it's a great idea to prepare your first draft as early as possible. This gives you plenty of time to fill in the gaps, revise, or redesign your text and graphics. The Least You Need to Know · Evaluate your research material to make sure it's reliable and authoritative. · When you have sufficient material, see how each source helps prove your thesis. Make sure the material is relevant, balanced, and suitable. · Skim, rank, and annotate the sources. Rephrase the material in your own words. · Position the source in your paper, connect the source to what you have already written, and correlate all the information. · Be sure that every source fits with your point and focuses on a key issue in your paper. · If necessary, adjust the organization of your paper to fit your thesis and information.