Component 4: Research Paper Assignment Sheet
Learning to write a quality research paper is one of the most important skills you can acquire as a college student. Your research-based writing provides you with an opportunity to participate in an intellectual discussion on a topic of immediate interest to you.
For this assignment, I will ask you to stay from away from the typical research paper topics like Birth Control, the legalization of marijuana, Gun Control, Abortion, the Death Penalty, Gay Marriage. Instead, I would like you to explore topics that represent you and your life – either your academic interests or your personal interests. We will explore topic ideas in class.
This essay should showcase your talents as a writer. Much of the work you will be doing independently, and I will simply be your guide. Plenty of class time will be allotted for work on this paper. Please note that the assignments I have devised represent one process for completing a research paper. Obviously, teachers and researchers follow many different steps as they gather and synthesize source material for a research project; it is my hope that the process I ask you to follow is logical and useful to you.
Component 2 (25% of total Final Research Paper score) – Pathfinder/Virtual Library Link is due (see syllabus), on or before midnight via CANVAS.
Component 3 (15% of total Final Research Paper score) – Annotated Bibliography is due (see syllabus), on or before midnight via CANVAS.
Component 1 (10% of total Final Research Paper score) – Research Paper Proposal is due (see syllabus), on or before the start of class via CANVAS.
Component 4 (50% of total Final Research Paper score)
The research paper must adhere to MLA style formatting: Use the example: “Why the World Deserves Better than Fair Trade” (525-533)
Typed (1500-2500 words in length)
Half an inch in on the right-hand side in the margin-a heading on each consecutive page (last name and page number)
On the upper left-hand side, an identification heading with my name, the professor’s name…and date
Centered-a title then a double-spaced line between the title and the text
Half an inch, indented paragraphs
Avoids using first or second person points of view
A title that is either descriptive or suggestive
An introductory paragraph (7-10 sentences long) and a thesis statement that declares your viewpoint/stance, narrows the subject, claims something specific and significant and conveys purpose.
Body paragraphs (at least 3); each paragraph begins with a transition or transitional phrase; each paragraph is 7-10 sentences long; each paragraph has a topic sentence that discusses one of your points/arguments and 2 examples/details with specific support; at least one example/detail is a quote, paraphrase, or summary of an outside source introduced with a signal phrase and a parenthetical citation using MLA format.
A long quote that is five or more typed lines with special MLA formatting: I indented the quote one inch (or ten spaces) from the left margin; did not use quotation marks and “put the parenthetical citation after any end punctuation.”
A paragraph that begins with a transition or transitional phrase and discusses the survey, its purpose, the questions and the results
A concluding paragraph (7-10 sentences long) that uses one of the strategies of ending an argument, i.e. restate your main point, discuss the implications of your argument, end with an anecdote, refer to the beginning or propose some action.
Work Cited page using MLA style formatting; the heading “Work Cited” is centered; every source you mention in the text is listed in the Work Cited section; the list is alphabetized by the author’s surname or by the title if the work has no author; each entry starts at the left margin; all subsequent lines are indented a half inch or 5 spaces.