ANT101 Research Paper Tutorial

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ANT101 Research Paper Tutorial

  1. 1. ANTHROPOLOGY 101: THE RESEARCH PAPER UNDERSTANDING THE ASSIGNMENT THE ASHFORD WRITING CENTER
  2. 2. THE PARTIAL ROUGH DRAFT You’ve made it to Week 3 in your Anthropology 101 course, and have already done some research from the Week 2 assignment by familiarizing yourself with scholarly articles at the Ashford Library. Now what?
  3. 3. FIRST: BREAK DOWN THE ESSAY PROMPT BUT WHERE DO YOU BEGIN? Step 1: Understand what is meant by ―culture‖ by reviewing your textbook, notes, and discussion posts. Step 2: Review the topics list and click on the ―research guide‖ provided by the Ashford Library in your Week 3 Assignments in the eCollege course page. Step 3: Complete the steps outlined in the library research guide to successfully research your cultures*. *Remember, you may not choose your own culture.
  4. 4. SECOND: LIBRARY RESEARCH Did you know…? The Ashford Librarians have created video tutorials about researching your topic by generating key words that will help you find the articles you need. For generating key words, watch this. For searching library databases, watch this.
  5. 5. THIRD: TAKING NOTES Culture #1: General information: Who? What? Where? How long? Specifics: Language, customs, environment, daily life. Custom topic: What is it? Why do they do it? How does it work? What does it mean? Repeat the same list for Culture #2, and be sure to keep a References list.
  6. 6. FOURTH: OUTLINE I. Introduction—Include the definition of a culture. II. Thesis Statement III. Paragraphs About 1st Culture I. Location, language, ethnicity II. Daily lives, customs, religion III. Unique practices, history, etc. IV. Paragraphs About 2nd Culture I. See above options, or include others as research dictates. V. Explanation of Custom I. How It Works in Each in Each Culture II. Compare Similarities and Differences VI. Conclusion: Summarize and tie together the main points of your paper.
  7. 7. FIFTH: WRITE THE ROUGH DRAFT WEEK 3’S ASSIGNMENT IS THE PARTIAL ROUGH DRAFT. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? As you write your 3–4 page rough draft:  Review the assignment prompt repeatedly.  Look ahead to the Final Research Paper prompt.  Use your outline and notes when forming your paragraphs.
  8. 8. POLISHING YOUR ROUGH DRAFT Format the following according to APA style: •Title Page •Headers and Page Numbers •In-Text Citations •References List For an APA checklist for this draft and your final essay, click here.
  9. 9. FROM ROUGH DRAFT TO FINAL PAPER Rough Draft •3–4 pages •General information about the cultures •Explanation of the custom you are researching •Annotated Bibliography •Standard APA formatting Final Paper •5–7 pages (plus Title Page and Reference list) •Standard APA formatting •3 discussion components: Discussion of how two cultures approach the topic Compare/Contrast analysis Cultural context of topic
  10. 10. FINAL CHECKLIST A CHECKLIST CAN BE A STUDENT’S BEST FRIEND. Review the prompt and define the terms. Conduct library research. Take notes as you read. Craft an outline. Write a rough draft in APA. Avoid using personal opinions and anecdotes – stick to scholarly research.  Use the concept of cultural relativism to provide perspective. Expand draft to final paper while reviewing requirements. Check APA—use AWC checklist.

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