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Why bring in past research

You can make your own view clear as you bring in past research by showing how much you support it. You can do this by choosing how you describe and introduce past research.

Text examples of description or introduction on a scale of support

Describing past research

Some options for how you can describe past research are:

  • Quantity: how much research has been done
  • Time: when research was done
  • Characteristics: what the significance or impact of the research is
  • Type: how research was designed

Example text with descriptions of research qualities highlighted

Introducing past research

You can choose reporting verbs that show how much you support past research. Different verb choices indicate different levels of support.

Text example of verbs used in reporting on a scale of support

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