Incorporating Summary into a Research Paper

The recommendations for incorporating summary into a literary analysis apply in the context of a research paper as well. But you must be even more careful not to allow citations to overwhelm your analysis. When you are dealing with so many sources, it is tempting to let other researchers do your talking for you. Don't forget that your ideas are worthwhile, too. You may be able to synthesize information from diverse sources that your references do not.

I would add one more point to the list provided for the literary analysis:

  • Handle technical terms with care.

You are much more likely to encounter confusing or unfamiliar terminology in research than in literary analysis. Keep your audience in mind and explain terms from your sources when you think it necessary to do so. One sentence may make the difference between comprehension and total confusion for your readers. Don't hesitate to give them that sentence.

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