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Geography of the United States and Canada

by: Greta Purdy

Geography of the United States and Canada GEOG 3100

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Greta Purdy
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George Maxey

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SOME GUIDES FOR A RESEARCH PAPER Geog 3100 Look up the term plagiarism study it carefully and do not do it Plagiarism is an automatic F The PowerPoint shall consist of six parts Abstract Introduction Literature Review Data Analysis or Interpretation Conclusion and References and Citations In addition the PowerPoint must have a title page table of contents list of gures maps and tables The topic selected must be manageable in scope and approved by the instructor Avoid topics that are fully described in your text notes topics that are too broad eg Geography topics that are too complex eg The Philosophy of Ecology Select concise examples from broad themes ABSTRACT This introduces your paper but should be written last It should be a brief 35 sentences summary ofthe contents of you paper including the major conclusion If you do not have a conclusion you have not written a good paper The abstract should be the last thing you write INTRODUCTION In the introduction there should be statements of problem purpose and hypothesis along with possible questions you intend to research State the subject and objective of your thesis Use phrases like The subject of the thesis is and The objective ofthe thesis is to Mention important previous works on your topic using proper scienti c literature citations Regional setting Use a map to show where the setting is and then tell what the setting is Avoid the use of personal pronouns First I read the book and then I though about what I read LITERATURE REVIEW Review what other researchers have written about your subject Examine their opinions and conclusions This will in uence the direction your research will take Properly cite and or reference the literature you read preparing your thesis Avoid the internet as much as possible These resources are unreliable Published literature can be veri ed the internet web site may not be there next week or a year from now lfthe source is not veri able the source is not valid BODYDATA The body ofthe Thesis contains the data and analysisevaluation that comprise your work on the topic Speci c formats will be different for papers ranging from processes through the history of thought on a particular subject Data fthis is a hard not to connote dif cult topic present geographic maps topographic maps patterns etc Use Xerox or original maps diagrams tables and make sure they are properly referenced fthis is a sof topic present ideas theories etc Always keep descriptions simple straightfonNard and well illustrated Separate description from discussioninterpretation Describe the data in this section and interpret the data in the analysis section below Describe then interpret ANALYSIS INTERPRETATION This section ofthe Thesis should present your evaluation ofthe information you have gathered The focus is on your original problem Here you are to answer the questions you posed in the introduction using descriptive information of your data as the basis for you interpretation Example The data from table 3 indicate CONCLUSION This is the results part of you paper Brie y state what you have learned what problems you have solved how the ideas you are working with appear to be related and what implications can be drawn with respect to the future etc Suggestions that win points and positively influence your instructor and others 1 The title should tell what where when and who 2 Bullet points are acceptable 3 Do not write or more properly stated use your word processor to print long verbose wordy redundant sentences or expressions of concepts and ideas speci cally designed and formulated to serve the express and undeniable purpose ofendeavoring to in all possible manner utilize the entire gamut of the English form of grammar called synonyms from the encyclopedic edition ofMNewAmerican Roget s College Thesaurus in Dictionam Form to express your ideas and concepts in a written form of expression that is in reality designed for the single sole and solitary purpose oftaking up space 4 Have at least two other people proof read your paper before submitting it for grading 5 Use proper citation techniques for scienti c literature lfyou are uncertain about correct formats try MLA Handbook E Writers of Research Papers g Kate LTurabian s A Manual E Writers of Term Papers 6 Sample of cited works a direct quote This inherent inner structure in the octave four fundamental points three inner octaves and subsequent innerinner octaves is principal to our understanding of the infrastructure of the universe therefore we should expand our analysis ofthis multi scaled structure Smith 1993 42 CITED WORKS Author names Year BookArticle Title Editor Publisher Volume Pages If you quote someone they must be properly cited Do not under any circumstances plagiarize yourself If you paraphrase the idea use the following format Four points three inner octaves and subsequent inner octaves are necessary for the correct interpretation ofthe infrastructure of our universe Smith 1993 Cited Works Author names Year BookArticle Title Editor Publisher Volume Pages CITED WORKS versus REFERENCES For this Thesis Cited Works will be de ned as sources paraphrased or directly quoted from published sources References will be defined as sources read and not paraphrased or directly quoted but the information from these sources influenced your thinking on the research topic 7 Have 10 or more citations No more than 2 citations from the internet More than two internet citations will result in a point deduction for each citation The more Journal references the better There are no upper limits to the number of Journal references you may have Using Wikipedia is akin to committing plagiarism Under no circumstances plagiarize yourself Avoid the use of personal pronouns through the Thesis 10 Use Figure 1 Table 1 andor Chart 1 etc and then state the source of the data and a brief description of the materials Just have fun 000


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