Through this process I have grown a lot in my research and writing abilities. I have learned that during the initial research process that it is more free and open to see what you find. As I was focusing more on the topic that I wanted to write about, my research search was more specific. I wanted to keep reading more as I found sources. I did find however that sometimes you need to write about what information you are finding, not what you think you are trying to find.
It was a learning experience searching through the sources. ‘There were so many to choose from. I can’t say that I have ever used peer reviewed sources before in my research when writing a paper. I found that when reading these sources I became more interested in the topic. It also opened my perspective to different ways of looking at the situation and conclusions that I had made about what I was writing about.
I would say that my research skills have increased tremendously in this experience. I was very unsure of what sources I was choosing or how I was going to put them together. I found that the different sources did not necessarily have to agree with each other for them to be used together in the argument that I was trying to make. I had a very linear thought process before and now I see that it doesn’t have to be. I have to follow where the information is taking me.
In the future I will be more confident about my ability to write an paper. I have a baseline of what to do and resources to guide me along the way. This has been a great foundation for me in my journey of writing. I do know that this is a skill that I will continue grow in my academic and professional life.