Craft of Research Series

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all on-site instruction at CBS has been cancelled until at least Monday, April 13. We will do our best to provide online replacement content, roughly following the schedule below. If you’re a CBS student, please feel to contact our librarians directly through our “book a librarian” service. If want help with your writing, please contact our resident writing consultant.

In the spring term, from week 6 to week 16, the CBS Library is running a series of weekly talks and workshops about the research process. The talks will be especially useful for students who are working on their year-end projects.

You are free to attend as many or as few of the sessions as you like. You may also find the videos of past talks useful.

The difference between the “talks” and the “workshops” is that the talks provide general advice about the craft of research, while the workshops take your own research problems as the point of departure. For the workshops, therefore, we ask that you bring materials that you’re working on and questions that interest you.

Wednesday Talks

The talks will be held from 15:20 to 17:00 every Wednesday in the CBS Library Forum space in the basement of the library at Solbjerg Plads.

5/2 How to Complete a Research Project. In this talk we will outline a general approach to thinking about a research project. Scholarship is a conversation among knowledgeable people and we will provide some helpful advice about how to participate in it. This will include some advice for how to begin (or deepen) your literature searching.

Here is a sample paragraph we’ll be referring back to on occasion throughout the series. As a bonus, it includes a variety of references as examples of correct APA citation style.

12/2 How to Find Literature for Your Project. This talk will show you how to use the library’s databases to find contributions to the scholarly literature that you can use to frame your research problem and inform your thinking. It includes demonstrations of selected databases. (Sign up here.)

19/2 How to Write about Theory. Your theory section lets you shape the reader’s expectations of your object. This talk will explore some ways to build a conceptual framework or model to that end. (Blog post.)

26/2 How to Write about Method. In your methods section you are giving your readers insight into what you have done to collect your data so that they will trust your results. In this talk we’ll discuss how best to do that. (Blog post.)

4/3 How to Write the Analysis. The analysis tells your reader what your data shows. It’s important here to distinguish between your observations and the conclusions you draw from them. This talk will help you do so. (Blog post.)

11/3 How to Structure a Research Paper. A research paper should present a logical line of argument in a series of coherent paragraphs, organized into sections. For each section, you want to have a good sense of what you are trying to say and what you are basing it on. This talk will go through a standard outline that you can adapt to your own ends. We will also look at some of the library’s resources for accessing background information and media coverage. (Blog post.)

25/3 How to Write the Background Section. While you will generally assume that your reader is a knowledgeable peer working in your own discipline, there are often things the reader will not know about the organization, country, industry, product or practice you are studying. The background section provides this information in a helpful and documented fashion.

1/4 How to Write the Discussion. Your empirical conclusions will often have either theoretical or normative implications. In your discussion section, you make these consequences for theory or practice explicit.

15/4 How to Write the Introduction and Conclusion. A good research paper needs to have a strong introduction and conclusion to open and close your presentation. In this talk, we’ll provide you with a paragraph-by-paragraph strategy for composing them.

22/4 How to Finish a Research Project or Thesis. As your project nears completion your want to make sure that the written product present your best arguments in the clearest light. In this session, we’ll talk about how to survey your progress so far and plan your final revisions.

29/4 Formatting and Referencing. Before submitting you’ll want to make sure that your written work meets the formal requirements of a good academic writing. In this session, we’ll talk you through the main points. Afterwards, the “reference bar” will be open.

Weekly Workshops

To support your work throughout the process, we’re also offering a weekly hands-on workshop, in which we can address issues particularly related to your project. There are two workshops every week: one led by a librarian, the other led by our writing consultant. Please check the calendar using the links below to find a time that suits you. You can attend as many workshops as you like.

Note: due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve suspended the workshops until further notice. But you are welcome to contact us for an individual (online) meeting about your work. If you’re a CBS student, please feel to contact our librarians directly through our “book a librarian” service. If want help with your writing, please contact our resident writing consultant.