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Revising Research Reports

After you write a first draft, you can improve your writing through a series of revisions. When you revise, you think about the “big picture,” including the overall structure of your writing (beginning, middle, and ending) and the focus, main ideas, and supporting details you use. These activities will help you revise.

Revising to Cite Evidence

As you revise your first draft, search for and replace general ideas and unsupported opinions with factual evidence from your sources.

  • General Idea: Sally Ride did some important things in space.

  • Factual Evidence: Sally Ride spent six days in space, where she helped place satellites in orbit.

  • Opinion: I bet Ride was surprised to see an advertisement from NASA.

  • Factual evidence: It was the first time that women were invited to apply to astronaut program (Smith).

Replace general ideas and unsupported opinions.

Find three general ideas or unsupported opinions from your report. Then find evidence from one of your sources to support each idea. Add the revisions to your report. Make a copy of this Google doc or download a Word template.

  1. General idea/opinion:

    Specific evidence:


  3. General idea/opinion:

    Specific evidence:


  5. General idea/opinion:

    Specific evidence:


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