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Open Access Dissertation

Date of Award

January 2020

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First Advisor

Jeff Pruchnic


In lived experience, the two processes of secondary research and writing overlap and intertwine interminably, creating an overarching complex system as research becomes expressed in writing and writing generates new research. This classroom study explores the two processes as one—the research-writing process—through coding of student journal responses and assessment of student research papers. Analysis reveals students to be thoughtful but not yet as nuanced in their descriptions of their research process as much be desired. They more frequently discuss writing with weaknesses in their research process than with research strengths. Further findings indicate that although it is difficult to assess a research course learning outcome, library faculty can be assessment raters with as much reliability and validity as writing faculty. Suggestions for improving the curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment of the research-writing process are provided as well as ideas for future research.