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English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Smart Cities Prof. Zhang (Fall 2019): Home

Welcome to the online guide for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) . Please click on the tabs above to explore many resources available to support the research requirements for this course.

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Professor Meng Zhang
Room 920
Office Hours: Fridays 2-4pm; and by appointments

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Find Background Information

Background information can help you prepare for further research by explaining all the issues related to your topic, especially when you're investigating a field that's unfamiliar to you.

Tips: from your background reading and topic development, write down keywords. These are the important words that you will search later. Start a list of keywords that are related to your first keywords, including singluars and plurals, alternative words.

How do I choose a topic?

First, unless your instructor assigns a specific topic, you’ll need to think of one. This is often the toughest—and the most crucial—part of the process. Fortunately, the library can help!  By following this series of steps, you can figure out your topic and be handing in that paper before you know it.

Click the links for details on each step:

1. Explore ideas for potential topics.

2. Ask a specific question about the topic you've chosen.

3. Make lists of keywords relating to your topic.

4. Use reference sources to help you refine your topic.

5. Determine what kinds of scholars and experts would be interested in your topic.

6. Based on the evidence you've collected, answer your research question with a clear statement.

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Qinghua Xu
Room 409, 1555 Century Ave., Pudong
NYU Shanghai