The 'Backwards' Research Guide for Writers - Using your Life for Reflection, Connection, and Inspiration - Sonya Huber

The 'Backwards' Research Guide for Writers - Using your Life for Reflection, Connection, and Inspiration - Sonya Huber

13. The Research Road Map

The 'Backwards' Research Guide for Writers - Using your Life for Reflection, Connection, and Inspiration - Sonya Huber

Sonya Huber [+-]
Fairfield University
Sonya Huber is an Assistant Professor teaching creative writing and composition at Fairfield University, Connecticut (USA). Her background includes sociology/anthropology at Carleton University, an M.A. in journalism, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The Ohio State University. Among her many publications in a wide variety of genres are the books Opa Nobody and Cover Me, A Health Insurance Memoir, both with the University of Nebraska Press; articles in Psychology Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Sojourner; and creative writing in Literary Mama and Fourth Genre.

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It’s easy to write a convincing paragraph or two when you have done a little bit of research. All the facts add up, and you can confidently say that soybeans are the fuel of the future, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the best president ever, or the painter Salvador Dali was a Surrealist. It feels good to be one hundred percent certain. In this Research Fantasy World, your confidence and expertise grow as you accumulate note cards and page numbers, you achieve a sense of clear confidence in your subject matter, and high grades appear on your papers. On the other hand, if you feel like tearing your hair out over a research project, you have moved past Research Fantasy World into Research Reality. In this version of research, you will often feel stranded at a point of utter confusion. Although it may not seem like a joyful moment, take a second to cheer, or to strike a silent victory stance if you’re in the library. If you are facing what seems like an immovable research roadblock, you have just encountered a necessary building block for a good research project.

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Huber, Sonya. 13. The Research Road Map. The 'Backwards' Research Guide for Writers - Using your Life for Reflection, Connection, and Inspiration. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 267 - 280 Nov 2011. ISBN 9781845534424. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=19624. Date accessed: 24 Nov 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19624. Nov 2011

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