Semester Research Project, Part 4: Final Research Paper Purpose

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Semester Research Project, Part 4:

Final Research Paper
Purpose: The purpose of the final research paper is for you to integrate (bring together) all of the work you have done on your topic. In your final research paper, you should do the following:
o Make an argument. Rather than just describing your topic, you should take a position on your topic based on what you have learned through your research.
o Use evidence from your research to support your argument. Writing about examples, facts, and details from your research can help you support and explain your argument.
o Integrate all of the work you have done. You should use what you learned from writing your research proposal, summary and review, and field research paper to help you write this final paper. You can use what you already know to help you write more. To do well on this paper, you will need to bring together the various perspectives on your topic into a coherent argument (and this requires a lot more than cutting and pasting together your previous papers).
Parts of this Paper:
The different parts of the final research paper are meant to help you manage your work and write the best paper that you can. Each part is essential to your paper, and your final grade will be based on your work on all of these parts.
Outline (due Nov. 8)

Making an outline allows you to organize your research into parts that connect to one another and that support your argument. Try thinking of your outline as a way to break up one big paper into smaller, more manageable papers that relate to each other.

First Draft (due Nov. 10)

In the first draft, you work from your research proposal, outline, and notes to begin writing your paper. While writing the first draft, just focus on getting your ideas down on paper; in subsequent drafts you can make changes to your argument, organization, sentence structure, etc. We will do a peer review activity with the first draft so that you can identify the strengths of your paper and the parts that you may need to add to or change.

Second Draft (due Nov. 17)

The second draft of your paper is the result of the revisions you make after the peer review and other revision activities. The second draft should show good organization and a clear position on your topic. After completing the second draft, everyone will meet with me for individual conferences to discuss your progress and how you plan to revise.

Final Draft (due Nov. 29)

In your final draft, you have made all your revisions, and your paper is clear, well organized, and well supported by evidence from your research. Your final paper should be between 8-10 pages, typewritten in 12-point font, and double-spaced, with one-inch margins all around. It should include a final bibliography in MLA or APA format. (Note: In order put a source on your bibliography, you must actually use it in your paper. That is, you will need a citation in the body of your paper for that source.) The final draft should be carefully proofread and edited, and it should demonstrate all the work you have done at each stage to complete this project.

Presentations (Nov. 29 – Dec. 6)

The purpose of the research presentations is to explain what you learned through your research and to share your knowledge with the class. Presentations will be 10 minutes each. Be sure to include some kind of visual aid to help you present your research.

Final Research Paper Timeline:
Paper Outline due: Mon., Nov. 8

First Draft due: Wed., Nov. 10

Second Draft due: Wed., Nov. 17

Conferences: Mon., Nov. 22 – Wed., Nov. 24

Final Paper due: Mon., Nov. 29

Presentations: Mon., Nov. 29 – Mon., Dec. 6

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