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Business Communication (BUSAD 210 - Arnold)

Learn to develop your topic, recognize credible sources, and find relevant information for Shawne Arnold's report

Research as Conversation

Scholarship is a ConversationThink of the sources you read to explore your topic (articles, books, films, videos, images, or websites) as different threads in a conversation. Just like blog comments, each source expresses different ideas, observations, discoveries, or interpretations of the historical problem or question you choose to address.

As you read your sources, try to figure out how they relate to each other:

  • Do they agree;
  • Do they contradict each other;
  • Do they help you understand your issue from a different perspective? 

So when you read your sources, think about the story they're telling you and about what they each have to say about that story.

By actively reading your sources as if you're participating in an interesting, complex discussion, when you write your paper, you'll be able to demonstrate to your teacher that you have a deeper understanding of your topic.



Image from Hobbs, Renee. "New Approaches to Information Literacy." ACRL's New Information Literacy Standards, 30 Mar. 2015,

Your Assignment

NOTE ABOUT FORMATTING: I have included MLA Style citation information in this guide because that is the style you will use for your works-cited page and your in-text citations. But the formatting of the business report itself will follow the APA style in your textbook. Closely follow all formatting instructions you receive in class.