research paper

 

Research Paper

Length: 4-5

Partial drafts (optional) Due: 4/6/20 via BB

Final Drafts Due: pending date on BB

 

The goals of this assignment are to help you:

  • become more knowledgeable about finding and using varied research sources
  • further develop your critical thinking skills and back up your points with evidence
  • become more adept at synthesizing information and developing informed views
  • discipline yourself to follow a scholarly research format to document in-text sources and a reference page (bibliography)
  • compose a well organized, clear, conciseresearch paper to expand your knowledge on a subject pertaining to this course

Topic: Your research paper project begins with a fact finding search on some current or historical issues pertaining to the Caribbean. Your research topic can examine issues not discussed in class as long as they relate to the Caribbean and is approved by your instructor. We will dedicate a couple class sessions to brainstorming possible research topics.

Approach: Your paper does not have a chance to be substantive unless you have substantive sources. Find 7 to 10 VARIED (NOT all internet sites, for example) sources – including academic journal articles and professional publications, Internet sources, and possibly (but not required) an interview.

Your paper should contain these parts:

Introduction: Your introductory material should set up your topic for your audience. It may be more than one paragraph in length, but at some point, very early in the paper you then need to start the body of the paper. Your thesis should come at the end of your introductory material. State your thesis in the form of a sentence or two. It should not be in the form of a question. Your thesis should be a brief statement, in your own words, that points out the major issues about this topic that you discovered in your research.

Body of Paper: The body of your paper should provide supporting evidence to support your thesis, in a logical, fully developed manner. For each new topic which supports your overall thesis, provide a topic sentence which is, in effect, the thesis for that sub-topic. Do not use subheadings; you should use the topic sentences to transition from one related point to the next.

A writer of a research paper should synthesize the information gained from sources and weave them into a well ordered discourse, using the sources as evidence to support key points.

Conclusion: Your conclusion should make some “wrap up” statements about what you learned regarding your chosen topic. Also, address any issues that may still not be resolved for you.

Format:

Follow MLA Guidelines

Margins – 1 inch top, bottom, left, right