The Final Research Paper is a five-page analysis of your selected primary source(a short story)plus a works cited page (for a total of six full pages)
Gather the three articles listed in your research report. These articles will provide evidence (quotes) and ideas that help support your own arguments about the short story the paper will analyze.
▪Read and study the “Sample Paper” and other instructional PowerPoint presentations.It’s important you have a good overall sense of the assignment’s expectations.
▪Consult with our online library research guide and ask for assistance with research questions; direct your questions about the assignment itself to me.The library has representatives online to chat during regular business hours –see the library website for aid in connecting.
▪An introduction paragraph.
▪A thesis paragraph; consider following the 3-part model presented in the “Thesis PowerPoint”and our sample final paper.
▪Body paragraphs/discussions(multiple paragraphs)that concentrate on one topic of analysis at a time.
▪A conclusion that brings the paper to a satisfactory close.
▪Concentration on the primary source as the analytical focus, not the author’s life or thoughts on his/her own work.
▪A “Works Cited” or “Works Consulted” page(s), in MLA style, listing at least three peer-reviewed journal articles from scholarly journals that have been used throughout your paper.
Basic Elements of an EffectiveResearch Paper
▪Evidence is used throughout in the form of quotes and paraphrases drawn from your primary source and at least four peer-reviewed journal articles drawn from the databases listed above.
▪MLA style is applied to citations of titles, author names, parenthetical quotations, block quotes and the works cited entries (refer to lecture notes, the Norton and the Owl.edu site).
▪The final draft is edited and proofread for logical structure, grammar, spelling, proper indentation and other basics of college-level writing.
The IntellectualGoals of the Final Paper are to:
▪Present an argument about the primary source and support that argument through use of a variety of academic secondary sources in the form of peer-reviewed journal articles and critical books.
▪Provide meaningful, nuanced support of the thesis through body paragraphs/discussions that present and discuss evidence and links these discussions to the paper’s central argument(s).
▪Engage readers through presentation of interesting, well-selected evidences and the creative interpretation of this support material.
▪Avoid plot summary: assume that your readers are familiar with the story and don’t need a re-telling of the plot: concentrate on contextualizing rather than summarizing.
▪Demonstrate to your audience an in-depth knowledge of both the primary and secondary sources through informed and confident discussion of your resources.
▪Cultivate your voice as an authority on the primary source through using scholarly work to support your own claims.Use the first-person “I,” consult They Say/I Say and lecture notes on how to create an academic voice with “I.”