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Collaborative Tools & Tips

Group Work

Advice & Tips

A few tips to keep your group organized while researching and writing your paper (or working on a project):

  • Don't break up your topic before you have a solid foundation of information. It's important that everyone in your group has the same basic understanding of your topic. Once you have worked diligently on the background research, only then can you break your topic into sub-topics for each person to work on.
  • Keep track of the research you are doing. For example, write down the keywords you use and which database you search. This will ensure that your group mates aren't duplicating the work.
  • Don't get ahead of yourselves. Althought it's tempting to think about how you're going to write the paper in a group, you need to take it one step at a time. Start with the research and the writing with come later. You will be able to edit through the different voices later. In the beginning, you need to focus on learning about your topic.

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