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English Composition II

by: Josiane Wuckert

English Composition II ENGL 1102

Josiane Wuckert
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Rebecca Hazelwood

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Date Created: 10/12/15
ENGL 110214English Composition ll 7 Spring 2011 Instructor Rebecca Hazelwood Paper 4 The Research Paper The research paper is very similar to the other papers you ve written this semester in that it combines those analytic elements you ve already used such as in close readingsexplicationsthematic analysis with research to produce an in depth examination ofa work or works in seven to nine pages The research paper is the culmination ofyour semester ofwriting papers Because of this your research paper is worth a total of 25 percent ofyour grade five percent ofyour total grade is your annotated bibliography 20 percent ofyour total grade is your paper For this paper you will be asked to find a work or related works that we ve read in class and find a question that the text provokes Afterwards research your topic and answer your question within your paper Remember that asking yourselfa question is important Booth Colomb and Williams state in The Craft ofRexea b Tfa writer asks no question worth pondering he can offer no focused answer worth reading 45 Research topics should be appropriately narrow so that you may actually solve your question within seven to nine pages Topics should be narrow enough to be fresh ideas or ideas that hopefully no one has written about before As Booth Colomb and Williams state A research topic is an interest defined narrowly enough for you to imagine becoming a local expert on it 41 Pick a work or a couple ofworks that we ve read that you re interested in but make sure you have a strong interest in it or them Think ofa question that your work or works provokes which can serve for your topic Then narrow your topic Research your topic with credible sources And last write your paper and cite your sources properly Research papers are the simplest to define For more see The Owl at Purdue s site httpowlenglishpurdueeduowlresource65802 Research What it is A research paper is the culmination and final product of an involved process of research critical thinking source evaluation organization and composition It is perhaps helpful to think of the research paper as a living thing which grows and changes as the student explores interprets and evaluates sources related to a specific topic Primary and secondary sources are the heart ofa research paper and provide its nourishmen g without the support of and interaction with these sources the research paper would morph into a different genre ofwriting eg an encyclopedic article The research paper serves not only to further the field in which it is written but also to provide the student with an exceptional opportunity to increase her knowledge in that field It is also possible to identify a research paper by what it is not Research What it is not A research paper is not simply an informed summary ofa topic by means ofprimary and secondary sources It is neither a book report nor an opinion piece nor an expository essay consisting solely of one39s interpretation ofa text nor an overview ofa particular topic Instead it is a genre that requires one to spend time investigating and evaluating sources with the intent to offer interpretations of the texts and not unconscious regurgimtions of those sources The goal ofa research paper is not to inform the reader what others have to say about a topic but to draw on what others have to say about a topic and engage the sources in order to thoughtfully offer a unique perspective on the issue at hand This is accomplished through two major types of research papers Prompt Write a research paper about a narrow idea that you are interested in based on a work or works we have read this semester and find a question to ask about your topic Use your research to substantiate your claim Your topic must be approved beforehand Good papers will be based on topics that the author is interested in enough to research fully Your paper should have a clear thesis and clear supporting details to answer the central question posed though you should not pose it literally in a rhetorical question form Formal diction is required which means that contractions slang and any reference to the personal pronoun of T are not appropriate for this paper Please strive for proper grammar and a coherent organizational structure Specifications First you will be asked to write an annotated bibliography with seven to nine sources one ofwhich must be a book For each entry ofyour annotated bibliography your source should be formatted like a works cited page but underneath the source you should have one to three paragraphs written that tell me what the book or article or chapter is about and how it could be useful to you Your annotated bibliography should also include at the top an approximately 1507word prospectus a paragraph that tells me what you are writing your paper about Your paper should be seven to nine pages failure to meet the minimum requirement will result in penalization of halfa letter grade for each of the following 1 failure to end at least halfway down on the minimum page length 2 failure to use 127point Times New Roman font 3 margins larger than 1 inch on any side 4 extra spaces in between the paragraphs You must also include seven to nine sources from peerrreviewed journals or credimble books failure to do so will result in penalization of halfa letter grade per missing source the minimum is seven One ofyour seven sources must be a book Your topic must be approved by me and you may not write about any work that you ve already written about this semester Your annotated bibliography is due on 19 April Your first draft ofyour paper is due for peer review on 26 April Your final paper is due 28 April by 5 pm in my office at Arts amp Sciences 153


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