How to organize the sources in your research paper

In order to organize your sources you need to ensure you have an outline. Your sources should be integrated as they support your arguments. You do not have to include your sources chronologically based on their publication date or based on the order in which you found them.

You only have to organize the sources based on how they support your argument as it is noted in your outline.

If you are struggling with the writing aspects of your research paper consider reviewing the way in which your brain works.

  • In 2000, the National Reading Panel determined that visual organization tools were among the top seven most effective methods for improving retention in students. In 2003, The Institute for the Advancement of Research in Education conducted a study the results of which demonstrated that graphic organizers were responsible for improving overall reading comprehension, supporting cognitive learning theory, benefiting levels of student achievement, increasing retention, and enhancing thinking skills and learning skills.
  • Constructivism is a philosophy which states that people learn by organizing their new thoughts and their ideas based on their personal experiences. The human brain’s ability to perceive and reflect upon the self and speculate its consciousness leads to speculation of other individuals, thanks to the social nature of humans. This in turn contributes to a speculation upon individual behavior, influenced by the perceptions of consciousness in other individuals. If the human brain were unable to speculate on its consciousness, or perceive its self in terms of others throughout the world, then the state of the modern world would likely be vastly different.

  • The study of neuroscience has led to breakthroughs in terms of functional Magnetic Resonance imaging which allows patients and doctors alike to view which sections of the brain remain active and which ones which inactive. Doctors are able to view the neural pathways associated with mediating a particular function. This has made scientific contributions to the philosophical arguments of consciousness by demonstrating the pathways within the brain which react to sensory perception. It is this neuroscience which is behind constructivism theory.
  • The process of mind mapping mimics this in that is allows users to organize new content in a map. Cognitive educators have studied the notion of organizing ideas with graphic patterns for years and now mind mapping has stepped onto the scene increasing learning skills, memory, and thinking. This theory has been tested repeatedly, with nothing but positive results.
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