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Overview:
The final Research Paper project is worth 25% of your final grade. It will need at least 5 sources and should be 4-5 pages long, not including a list of works cited and formal outline. The paper is due on its due date. No late papers will be accepted! Format:

The final Research Paper must be in MLA format and include a works cited list. No cover page is necessary. You must include a formal outline of your work. The Research Paper should demonstrate your ability to think critically and synthesize ideas. You will organize your ideas around a thesis and provide sufficient support or proof. Pay attention to grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Topic Selection:
The purpose of this paper is to inform and interpret. You will choose a person, famous or infamous from your major, and discuss his or her significance/importance to that field of study. You will choose one specific contribution to analyze in your paper. It means you will answer the following question: What is the person’s most significant contribution? If the individual has several contributions, pick one you consider most significant. Note: Your topic must be narrowed down. This is not a general paper about someone’s life (Biography). When you select your contribution, make sure its analysis is not oversimplified; do not merely write what one could find in any reference book.

Possible Topic Ideas:
Albert Einstein - Scientist
Bill Gates – CEO Microsoft/Philanthropist
Steve Jobs – CE0 Apple/Macintosh
Mark Zuckerberg – CEO Facebook
Oprah Winfrey – Celebrity/Philanthropist
Florence Nightingale - Nursing
Mother Theresa - Charity
Jonas Salk - Scientist
J. Edgar Hoover – Criminal Justice
Hillary Clinton – Secretary of State, former First Lady •Aung San Suu Kyi – Nobel Peace Prize
Gabrielle Douglas – Olympic Gymnast
Martin Luther King Jr.- Civil Rights Activist
Ernesto “Che” Guevara- Revolutionary
Andy Warhol/Jackson Pollack/Norman...
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