English 1301 - Research Essay- Spring 2012
Choose ONE and argue for or against:
1. Should certain kinds of ads be banned in the interest of health/morality – alcohol, cigarettes, and prescription meds? 2. Should it be legal to use animals for sports and entertainment? 3. Should shoe companies be able to give away free shoes and equipment to high school athletes? 4. Should the sale of human organs be legalized?
5. Do Americans work too hard? Does working more actually reduce productivity? Should there be changes in employment laws to give Americans more relaxation time? 6. Should people under eighteen years of age be required to have parental permission to get tattoos and piercings?
Due Wednesday, April 4, 2012
For this assignment, you will need to locate and read at least 5 – 8 articles from different professional journals and books. You will provide a correct citation of the article and a brief, three to five sentence summary of each article’s content. The articles that you choose to include in your annotated bibliography are to deal with the paper topic.
Two important things to remember:
1) Do not use abstracts for these sources; you must locate and read the actual paper or book.
2) Paraphrase the authors; do not copy their phrases or sentences. If you copy phrases or sentences, then you are plagiarizing.
3) For spacing and punctuation of each citation, use the MLA format.
The paper will be written on the same topic used for your annotated bibliography. You will have to use a minimum of five and a maximum of eight sources while writing your essay. Although many of the articles or books used in your annotated bibliography will be used in your paper, some may be left out and new ones added.
The text of the paper should be written in the following format: * 8 double-spaced, typed pages
* 12 point font
* 1 inch margins on top, bottom, left and right edges
* include a Work Cited page following the same guidelines as the annotated bibliography (without the annotations) * number all pages of the paper
Papers will be graded on succinctness, clarity of thought, integration of ideas (i.e., more than one author’s ideas used together to draw new conclusions or ideas that are your own), and correct language mechanics. Grading will be based on the following categories:
Clear, concise introduction to the topic with objectives
Correct format (especially citations)
Organization and Style
Easiest Ways to Lose Points:
1. Grammar / Spelling Errors
2. Failing to state objectives of your paper
3. Poor organization of your paper
4. Depending too heavily on 1-2 sources
5. Failing to cite listed sources / failing to list cited sources / improper citation format
Avoid any appearance of plagiarism! Make sure you credit the correct source for any ideas or facts not your own, use proper citation techniques.
Finish a draft in time to peer review and revise!
You must write your paper in stages providing the following by the set dates. Remember that the research paper makes up 25% of your total grade for the course (total project grade made up of the following percentages):
1st Assignment: (5%)
Annotated Bibliography: Due Wednesday, April 4, 2012
2nd Assignment: (10%)
Rough Draft Due for Peer Review: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
3rd Assignment: (85%)
Final Draft Due: Wednesday April 18, 2012
Writing an Annotated Bibliography
An annotated bibliography is a list of cited sources about a particular topic, in which each citation is followed by a brief paragraph that discusses aspects of the source. An annotated bibliography is useful for documenting your research in a specific area, exploring varying viewpoints, and summarizing main points from different sources. Format requirements of an annotated...
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