Research Sites

You can do observational and experimental research in chemistry and physics laboratories, and on geology and biology field trips. Any place that you visit is a potential research site, capable of providing information and evidence to use in your writing: museums, galleries, concert halls, stadiums, college offices, professional buildings, corporate headquarters, industrial plants, lakefront developments, junkyards, local malls—the list is endless. In writing a paper on lake pollution, go to the lake, describe the water, the shoreline, the activities you see there; in writing about your summer experience working at Dunkin' Donuts, go to the nearest store and take notes on details you may have forgotten. (For more information on research techniques, see Chapters Nine-Twelve.)

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