Library (mini-research)Paper-English 1301
Check your handbook, HCC Library’s MLA copy (8th edition) in the reserve area, orPurdue University’sOnline Writing Lab ( MLA Formatting and Style Guidehttps://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/resources.htmlforvarious types ofin-text citations(references in the body of the paper)and arrangement of the sources’ publication details (author, title, date, etc. on the source page or works cited page)(last part of the paper ) where you listall thesources which have already been cited within the text (in-text citations).Depending on the style adopted (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.), your list of sources is variously titled: works cited (MLA), references (APA), and bibliography (Chicago). However, it is important to remember that you canlistonly documentsfrom which materials have actually been quoted, paraphrased, summarized, and/or interpreted, not sources that were merely consulted orbrowsed.
FORMAT:UploadMicrosoft WORD OR PDF file format only on Canvas. Do not send your paper via campus mail.
TOPIC: You have already been assigned a carefully selected topic, one that is closely related toyour professedfuture career or college major. As you begin to research the topic first to prepare for your oral presentation (10%), youwillmost likelynotice that there is anincredibly huge amount of information online or in print about it. Do not let thisoverwhelm you or get you bogged down. Remember, as mentioned in class, sizing or narrowing down any huge topic to a manageable portionis the first stepand an important part of the research process. Try to zero in on a specific angle, period, branch,period, segment or aspect. Also, consider your limitations:the deadline, youraudience’s expectations, and the scope of the research. Like most college assignments, this one, too, is meant to test your stamina and ability to work within defined boundaries andunder intense pressure.
SOURCES: These are materials that you need to read, watch, or hear and analyze (books, articles, news items, videos, etc.). It is hard to set a limit for the number of sources a research project needs to draw on to support the proposed thesis. Clearly relying heavily on three or four sources alone will render the work at best shallow and unreliable.
You will receive an “F” if you just list a number of sources on the last pagewithout any sign or instances of using these sources them in the body of the paperwith the specific page, paragraph, or column number.Using sources means directly quoting, paraphrasing, summarizing, or interpreting every single article or book, or partswithin–and I repeat–within the body of the paper, definitely with the specific page, paragraph, or column number.
THESIS STATEMENT: This is a statement which appears on top of the outline page if you decide to have one. Thesis statement isa sentence that summarizes the entire paper’s content. It should clearly define the specific stance you assume toward the topic.
LENGTH: Minimum ten pages all together: outline (1), works cited (1), notes (1) and the main text (7-8 pages).
SUPPORT MATERIALS: You may submit any support materials, such as your drafts, bibliography and note cards to show that you have been continuously working on this project and that it is not the product of an overnight miracle.
DUE DATE: Checkthe syllabus and start working on this assignment as soon as possible. This is a time-consuming, semester-long project and has to be done on a steady basis. Do not procrastinate. You will receive a poor Instructor’s grade if you put things off and then a couple of days before the deadline ask or argue for change of topic! Also, make sure to give the accurate submission date on the cover (title)page. Submission date for a delayed paper is the date you turn it in, not the due date. If you have to turn in this assignment late, for any reason, including missing class due to an emergency on the very same day the project is due, according to the late work policy,clearly spelled out in the syllabus, your work will be penalized five points (-5) for each class session.
SPECIAL TREATMENT: Some students do not realize that when they ask for a special favor, they are basically telling the instructor to discriminate(treat them differently). The fact that you are not a native speaker of English, have to take care of a large family, or must work long hours to avoid losing your full-time job does not, in any way, entitle you to a special treatment.
RESEARCH SKILLS: These refer to the capabilities you acquireand essentials you learn as you work your waythrough the process. They include collecting, recording, organizing, analyzing, interpreting, paraphrasing, summarizing, and documenting information, ideas, and facts from a variety of print, non-print, and digital sources, such as library books, magazines, newspapers, data banks, audio-visual materials, and, of course, web documents.
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