Research Techniques II

Mersin University



Year 2017-2018
Semester Spring
Course Code İDB 212
Course Title Research Techniques II
Instructor Asst. Prof. Dr. Pınar İBE AKCAN
29.01.2018 Introduction to the course/In-text citation


Start arranging your bibliography.

Start preparing a preliminary outline of your topic.

05.02.2018 Preparing a preliminary formal outline Prepare a final bibliography.

Prepare a preliminary outline of your topic

12.02.2018 Preparing note cards

Preparing the application

General academic writing skills:


Submit your bibliography of the sources used. (20 Pts.)

Submit the preliminary outline of your topic. (20 Pts.)

19.02.2018 General academic writing skills: Paraphrasing Submit your quotation note cards. (20 Pts.)
26.02.2018 General academic writing skills: Summarizing Submit your paraphrase note cards. (20 Pts.)
05.03.2018 General academic writing skills: Synthesizing Submit your summary note cards. (20 Pts.)


26.03.2018 Blending reference materials into your writing, avoiding plagiarism

Format, conventions and style

Submit your synthesis note cards. (25 Pts.)


02.04.2018 About the application

Preparing the First Draft


Prepare the first draft.
09.04.2018 Analyzing model research papers Submit your application (30 Pts.)
16.04.2018 Submit your first drafts together with all of your note cards and the copies of the sources you used. (25 Pts.)
30.04.2018 Take your feedback for the first draft.
Final Exam Date Submit your final draft together with the corrections of the first draft. (20 Pts.)


Supplementary Readings
Aksan, M. 1992. (Ed.). Research techniques and writing research papers. Ankara: Hacettepe University Press.
Bailey, E. P. and P. A. Powell et al. 1981. Writing research papers: A practical guide. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston.
Barzun, J. and H. F. Graff. 1993. Modern araştırmacı (Trans. Fatoş Dilber). Ankara: Tübitak Yayınları.
Day, R. A. 1994. Bilimsel makale nasıl yazılır, nasıl yayımlanır? (Trans. Gülay Aşkar Altay). Ankara: Tübitak Yayınları.
Keene, M. L. and K. H. Adams. 2002. Easy access: The reference handbook for writers. Boston: Mc Graw Hill.
Lester, J. D. 1995. Writing research papers: A complete guide. New York: Harper Collins College.
Lyons, L. H. and Courter K. B. 1984. Research matters. New York: Newbury House.
Pincas, A. 1992. Writing in English. Hong Kong: MacMillan.
Reid, J. M. 1988. The process of composition. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
Robinson, T. H. and Modrey, L. 1986. Active writing. New York: MacMillan
Trzciak, J. and S. E. Mackay. 1994. Study skills for academic writing. New York. Prentice Hall.
Woodward, J. A. 1997. Writing research papers: Investigating resources in the cyberspace. Chicago: National textbook.
Wray, A. and K. Trott et al. 2006. Projects in linguistics: A practical guide to researching language. London: Arnold.



GRADING Assignments substitute the Mid-Term and the Final Exams:      


Bibliography:20 Pts. + Outline:20 Pts. + Quotation Cards:20 Pts. + Paraphrase Cards:20 Pts. + Summary Cards:20 Pts. = 100 Pts. (MID-TERM)

Synthesis Cards:25 Pts. + Application:30 Pts. First Draft:25 Pts. + Final Draft:20 Pts. = 100 Pts. (FINAL)


STUDENT REQUIREMENTS                                                 


  • It is the student’s responsibility to record and follow his own attendance. (For the percentages, refer to the University’s Education Guide.)
  • Students should not enter the classroom after the class has been started.
  • Students who do not bring their course materials are not allowed to enter the class.
  • Cell phones should be turned off, or set to vibrate for emergency during the class. Camera, tape or video recording is not allowed if not stated otherwise.
  • Assignments should be prepared in accordance with the Department’s Assignment, Research Paper and Thesis (A.R.T.) Preparation Guide.(can be accessed from the department’s site;
  • It is the student’s responsibility to practice the highest standards of academic honesty. Cheating, plagiarism and any other form of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated.
  • Assignments submitted later than the indicated dates are not accepted. Deadlines should strictly be followed.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to obtain missed information from another student, not from the instructor.

Sample note card