Research Paper Instructions (9.2.2)
Putting it all Together: The Research Paper
So far, you’ve explored your personal history and relationship with writing in your Literacy Narrative, determined a research topic in your Topic Analysis, and collected and summarized critical research for your Annotated Bibliography. For our next formal assignment, we’re arguing a point(s) about our writing/literacy-based topics. This is your opportunity to explain and defend our ideas and topics in a reasonable, educated fashion.
Before you get started, it will help to review the Research Project Overview (Module 6) for a refresher of the overall goals of the research project. Once you have a good understanding of the project as a whole, you should be ready to begin. This is an argumentative research paper – you’ll investigate and propose a topic worth further exploration. In other words, you will try to prove about your issue(s) that you’ve been investigating this term. If your Annotated Bib was an opportunity to present what “they say” about your topic, this is an opportunity to bring everything together with “they say/I say.”
The Research Paper will be worth the final 60 points towards your total research project grade.
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Compose a formal, argumentative research essay in which you make specific claims about your topic, explain and define data you have collected for your topic, and support your claims using scholarly research. As you respond, consider the following questions for your audience:
What is the problem? (Define the problem, tell how it resembles other problems)
Why is it a problem? (Illustrate facets of the argument)
Why is this problem worthy of investigation? (Why should you continue your investigation?)
Investigate a problem or issue related to writing/literacy
Explain the problem or issue to an appropriate audience
Provide support for our ideas via academic research
Propose further investigation
The Research Paper
The Research Paper is an argumentative essay based on the topic you’ve been exploring this term. You will use the research presented on your Annotated Bibs to support your claims.
At least five scholarly sources must be clearly used and cited in your text and listed properly on your Works Cited page.
It is not enough to simply have works cited page!
Your paper must show clear evidence (direct quotes and summaries) of all of your listed sources, and all evidence must include correct in-text citations.
General encyclopedias, like Wikipedia, and other general websites may not be used as sources for this paper.
Research must be of a scholarly, academic nature to satisfy the assignment requirements and come from the library databases.
Non-scholarly research must be verified appropriately for use in this assignment as all research is meant to add validity to your argument.
Sources should be from your Annotated Bib; however, it’s okay if you change some of your sources if you find they don’t work for your paper as long as you still have at least five scholarly sources.
Works Cited entries should not include any of the summary material from your Annotated Bib.
Make sure to update and fix any errors from your Annotated Bib – don’t lose points for the same issue twice!
900-1200 words (approximately 4-5 full pages)
Typed in standard 12 point font, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins.
Do not attempt to play with margins, font size, etc. to make papers appear longer
Since I review your word count, such measures are pointless!
Final draft must follow MLA 8th edition format
The Little Seagull Handbook pp. 119-169.
For heading example, see syllabus.
The ENC1101 Lab has an extensive unit on MLA formatting.
Document all source material used in the essay, following MLA 8 formatting exactly for in-text citations and works cited entries.
Your essay must clearly include direct quotations, summaries, and paraphrasing from your sources to support your argumentative claims, and all references must be properly cited according to MLA formatting.
Your paper must include a Works Cited page referencing all sources used in your paper.
All sources presented on the Works Cited page must be clearly used and cited in the body of the paper.
Works Cited entries must be in alphabetical order, and must not include summaries from your Annotated Bib.
Include an appropriate title centered on the first line. Do not underline the title or put it in “quotation marks,” italics, or bold.
Write in standard, formal English, avoiding slang and casual language.
Use of the second-person perspective (“you”) is not appropriate or acceptable in this essay.
The Research Paper must be submitted via the appropriately labeled drop box available in our Canvas course page. The link will become available prior to the submission deadline.
You must save your paper as a Microsoft Word document. If you are using a different program, make sure to “save as” and select either .doc (or .docx) or .pdf as your file type.
Late formal assignment submissions will be accepted per the policy listed in the course syllabus – all late submissions are subject to a significant grade deduction.
Follow the formatting guidelines carefully, reviewing the notes in the “Formal Essay Submission Guidelines” presentation as needed.
All submissions will be reviewed by Turnitin.com automatically upon submission.
Review your originality report once it’s available.
The ENC1101 Lab includes a module to help you understand your report.
Papers receiving high originality scores will not be accepted.
In certain cases, revisions will be allowed for a reduced grade.
In extreme cases, plagiarized submissions will be reported to Academic Affairs for further review.
The Research Paper is a Core Assignment.
In addition to earning an overall passing grade in the class, students must also earn an average of 70% or better on core assignments to be eligible for a passing ENC1101 grade.
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