Unsolved mysteries research project



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UNSOLVED MYSTERIES

RESEARCH PROJECT
Initial set-up for research paper

  • Go to ‘start’ and open Microsoft Word

  • Right click to open a new folder & name it RESEARCH. You will be putting all data collected into this folder

  • Go to www.citationmachine.net-save in research folder 

  • Open & save a PowerPoint in your research folder

  • Mrs. Partridge will give a presentation over some basic research databases.


RESEARCHING YOUR TOPIC:


  • You will need at least 5 sources.

    • Magazine articles

    • Newspaper articles

    • Scholarly journals

    • Internet sources




  • You may not use more than 3 web pages (make sure they are reputable sites). The rest will come from online databases, magazines, or newspapers. Look for sites with .org, .net, or .edu at the end of the address.




  • As you find pages, save them into your research folder. You may not end up using all of them, but they will be there if you decide you need them.



  • When printing your information, make sure you copy & paste only what you need to a word document. You will use this information to create your powerpoint.



Sample Outlines




CREATING AN OUTLINE FOR A GENERAL MYSTERY
I. INTRODUCTION

II. KNOWN FACTS

III. THEORIES EXPLAINING THE MYSTERY

IV. WHAT PART(S) OF THE MYSTERY STILL UNEXPLAINED

VI. CONCLUSION






CREATING AN OUTLINE FOR SOMETHING THAT MAY OR MAY NOT EXIST


  1. INTRODUCTION

  2. PROOF OF EXISTENCE OR THEORY IT EXISTS

  3. PROOF IT DOESN’T EXIST

  4. WHAT IS STILL UNEXPLAINED

  5. CONCLUSION





CREATING AN OUTLINE FOR A MURDER MYSTERY


  1. INTRODUCTION

  2. KNOWN FACTS

III. SUSPECTS/WHY

IV. WHAT PARTS OF THE MYSTERY ARE STILL UNEXPLAINED?



V. CONCLUSION





Slide #1: Heading /Picture relating to topic


    • Name




    • Mrs. Williams




    • English II




    • 20 April 2015




    • Topic:



Basic In-Text Citation Rules


  • Any time you quote, summarize, or paraphrase you must give the author credit by using a parenthetical citation (or in-text citation)---using parentheses to credit your source

  • All the parenthetical citations must be from a source listed on your Works Cited page.

  • Examples:

    • If you mention the author in the sentence, you don’t need to rewrite his name in the parenthetical citation (just cite the source)

      • According to John Smith, Jack the Ripper was one of the most notorious criminals in history (“The History of the Ripper”).

    • If you mention the author & the source in the sentence, you don’t mention it in the citation.

      • John Smith wrote in the London Times that Jack the Ripper was one of the most notorious criminals in history.

    • If you used one source for an entire paragraph, place the citation at the end.

      • The philosopher Plato wrote about an ancient city over 2,000 years ago. Atlantis was said to be a very rich city whose peaceful people thrived in this near perfect environment. No one knows where this island is because it has been said the entire island disappeared literally overnight (Barrett).

    • If you used a direct quote, the citation must immediately follow the sentence

      • Although Atlantis boasted of a massive army, this “city of gold” was the one of the most peaceful islands in the Atlantic Ocean (Barrett).



    • Article with no author-state the title of the article in parentheses.

      • Jack the Ripper was the first and most well-known serial killer to introduce “total terror into the hearts of people” (“Serial Killers”).



  • Sources from the Internet with no author

    • The official Bigfoot website is devoted to finding the truth and claims to have absolute proof that it does indeed exist and has been wandering the woods of East Texas for at least one hundred years (“Bigfoot Lives”).

Works Cited Page: Basic Format


**MANY ARTICLES AUTOMATICALLY CITE THE SOURCE FOR YOU—IF NOT, USE THE CITATION MACHINE RESOURCE YOU SAVED IN YOUR RESEARCH FOLDER**

  • This will be the last slide in your presentation

  • Title--Works Cited

  • Double space all citations, but do not skip spaces between entries.

  • Indent the second and subsequent lines of citations five spaces so that you create a hanging indent.

  • Entries are alphabetized and listed by author name. If no author, use the title of the article.

Burke, Kenneth

Finding Bigfoot
Levy, David M.

**1 TOPIC PER PERSON**

**You will need to clear your topic with me before you begin***

Possible Topics:
Unsolved Crimes

    • The Grimes Sisters-murder mystery in Chicago

    • Jack the Ripper-serial killer in London

    • D.B. Cooper-hijacked a plane and made off with over $200,000

    • The Black Dahlia mystery-murder of Elizabeth Short in Hollywood

    • Lizzie Borden-accused of killing her parents

    • Marilyn Monroe-accident, suicide, or murder?

    • Assassination of John F. Kennedy

    • Zodiac Killer-serial killer

    • Ciudad Juaréz-serial murders in Mexico

    • Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls-murder cases remain open

    • The Lindbergh Baby kidnapping

Paranormal

    • Alcatraz-the infamous prison said to be haunted

    • Black Forest-area in Colorado considered one of the most haunted places in recent history.

    • Waverly Hill Sanatorium-a hospital whose patients were said to be abused and now haunt the site.

    • Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery-Chicago

    • Black Hope Cemetery-Texas

    • Ghettysburg Ghosts-Civil War

    • Ghosts in the White House

    • Roswell, New Mexico (Area 51)- secret government installation where some believe aliens are kept

    • UFO/Aliens/Alien abduction

    • Demonic Possessions/Exorcisms

Ancient Mysteries

    • Camelot-King Arthur legend

    • Shroud of Turin-supposed burial cloth of Jesus

    • Lost City of Atlantis-ancient city that may or may not have existed. Possible connection to the Bermuda Triangle

    • Megalithic Structures-Stonehenge, Easter Island, Pyramids

    • Dead Sea Scrolls-ancient religious texts

    • Noah’s Ark

    • Stigmata (people who experience the wounds of Christ)

    • The Holy Grail (associated with the Last Supper & the crucifixion of Jesus)

Miscellaneous

    • Loch Ness Monster

    • BigFoot

    • Near-Death Experiences

    • Mary Celeste-a ship whose entire crew vanished

    • Bermuda Triangle

    • Spontaneous Combustion

    • Amelia Earhart-woman aviator who disappeared while trying to fly around the world

    • Evolution VS Creationism

    • 9/11

    • Miscellaneous Conspiracy Theories

  • Checklist

    • Introduction-Background information

    • Known facts about the mystery/what still remains a mystery

    • Explains various theories surrounding the mystery

    • Conclusion-wrap it up/have there been any recent stories or plans of further investigation?

    • Works Cited slide

    • 5 sources/two from newspaper or magazine

    • Pictures/graphics for each slide/May also add audio/video clips


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