sample research paper
Online Monitoring:A Threat to Employee Privacy in the Wired Workplace
Annotation. Opening sentences provide background for thesis.
As the Internet has become an integral tool of businesses,company policies on Internet usage have become as common aspolicies regarding vacation days or sexual harassment. A 2005study by the American Management Association and ePolicy Institute found that 76% of companies monitor employees’ use ofthe Web, and the number of companies that block employees’ access to certain Web sites has increased 27% since 2001 (1). Unlike other company rules, however, Internet usage policies ofteninclude language authorizing companies to secretly monitor theiremployees, a practice that raises questions about rights in theworkplace.
Annotation. Thesis asserts Orlov's main point.
Although companies often have legitimate concernsthat lead them to monitor employees’ Internet usage—from expensive security breaches to reduced productivity—the benefitsof electronic surveillance are outweighed by its costs to employees’privacy and autonomy.While surveillance of employees is not a new phenomenon,electronic surveillance allows employers to monitor workers withunprecedented efficiency.
Annotation. Summary and long quotation are introduced with a signal phrase naming the author.
In his book The Naked Employee, Frederick Lane describes offline ways in which employers have beenpermitted to intrude on employees’ privacy for decades, such asdrug testing, background checks, psychological exams, lie detector
Title is centered.
Opening sentences provide background for thesis.
Orlov’s main point.
Summary and long quotation are introduced with a signal phrase naming the author.
Source:Diana Hacker (Boston:Bedford/St.Martin’s, 2007).
This paper has been updated to follow the style guidelines in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers,
7th ed. (2009).
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