1) Decide what your thesis should say and design your introduction to lead to your thesis. The thesis might begin with a phrase such as, “My research essay turned out successfully because…” or “My research assignment became problematic due to….” Your introduction can, of course, briefly describe your assignment.
2) Describe and analyze the following in the body of your essay:
a) your topic and why you chose it (this should go beyond mere interest and consider whether you thought carefully enough about the research potential/problems your topic posed);
b) how/why you made research material decisions and conducted research in the manner you did. In this section, you will want to comment on the databases you searched on in the UMUC Information and Library Services interface. You might also comment on key words on which you searched, new key words you came up with during your searches, and your experience in retrieving full-text articles.
c) how your process worked out as you completed it. In this analysis, please account for both successes and difficulties.
3) Discuss your reflection and future application in the conclusion of your essay. You will want to both reflect on what you have discussed and look towardsfuture research assignments. You will explain how the lessons you learned from this assignment can help you correct flaws you feel you had in your process and can remind you of good practices you followed that can make future research projects successful. You should also give yourself a “grade” on, not the essay itself, but on your research process and experience.
Approach Two: Reflecting on Your Experi