Craft of Research Series
In the spring term, from week 6 to week 16, the CBS Library is running a series of weekly talks and workshops about the research process.
The talks will be especially useful for students who are working on their year-end projects.
You are free to attend as many or as few of the sessions as you like.
What is the difference between the “talks” and the “workshops”? The talks provide general advice about the craft of research, while the workshops take your own research problems as the point of departure. For the workshops, therefore, we ask that you bring materials that you’re working on and questions that interest you.
The talks will be held from 15:20 to 17:00 every Wednesday in the CBS Library Forum space in the basement of CBS Library Solbjerg Plads.
How to Complete a Research Project
We will outline a general approach to thinking about a research project. We begin with the idea that that scholarship is a conversation among knowledgeable people and will go on to provide some helpful advice about how to participate in it. This will include some advice for how to begin (or deepen) your literature searching.
How to Find Literature for Your Project
This talk will show you how to use the library’s databases to find contributions to the scholarly literature that you can use to frame your research problem and inform your thinking. It includes demonstrations of selected databases.
How to Write about Theory
Your theory section lets you shape the reader’s expectations of your object. This talk will explore some ways to build a conceptual framework or model to that end.
How to Write about Method
In your methods section, you are giving your readers insight into what you have done to collect your data so that they will trust your results. In this talk, we’ll discuss how best to do that.
How to Write the Analysis
The analysis tells your reader what your data shows. It’s important here to distinguish between your observations and the conclusions you draw from them. This talk will help you do so.
How to Structure a Research Paper
A research paper should present a logical line of argument in a series of coherent paragraphs, organized into sections. For each section, you want to have a good sense of what you are trying to say and what you are basing on it. This talk will go through a standard outline that you can adapt to your own ends. We will also look at some of the libraries resources for accessing background information and media coverage.
How to Find Background Information
This talk goes into greater detail about how to search for background information and media coverage. There is a wealth of publicly available information you can use to enrich your own and your reader’s understanding of your topic. In this talk, we’ll show you how to get the most out of them.
How to Write the Background
While you will generally assume that your reader is a knowledgeable peer working in your discipline, there are often things the reader will not know about the organization, country, industry, product or practice you are studying. The background section provides this information in a helpful and documented fashion. We’ll talk about how to do this.
How to Write the Discussion
Your empirical conclusions will often have either theoretical or normative implications. In your discussion section, you make these consequences for theory or practice explicit. This talk will show you how.
How to Write the Introduction and Conclusion
A good research paper needs to have a strong introduction and conclusion, which open and close your presentation. In this talk, we’ll provide you with a paragraph-by-paragraph strategy for composing them.
How to Finish a Research Project
As your project nears completion you want to make sure that the written product present your best arguments in the clearest light. In this session, we’ll talk about how to survey your progress so far and plan your final revisions.
Formatting and Referencing
Before submitting you’ll want to make sure that your written work meets the formal requirements of good academic writing. In this session, we’ll talk you through the main points. Afterwards, the “reference bar” will be open.
To support your work throughout the process, we’re also offering a weekly hands-on workshop, in which we can address issues particularly related to your project. There are two workshops every week: one led by a librarian, the other led by our writing consultant. Please check the calendar using the links below to find a time that suits you. You can attend as many workshops as you like.
Sign up for the literature workshop here.