COMPONENTS OFA RESEARCH PAPER CC w/Mrs. Herring will begin @ 1:15
What is Research? “The systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions” (Merriam-Webster). “Research is a process of investigation. An examination of a subject from different points of view. It’s not just a trip to the library to pick up a stack of materials, or picking the first five hits from a computer search. Research is a hunt for the truth. It is getting to know a subject by reading up on it, reflecting, playing with the ideas, choosing the areas that interest you and following up on them. Research is the way you educate yourself” (www.usg.edu).
Who are the key players? Primary Source(s) Secondary Source(s) Tertiary Sources (used for finding primary/secondary only) Writing Process Works Cited Page MLA Documentation
What is aPrimary Source? Original materials from a specific time period, presenting original thinking, a new discovery, or new information
Which of the following would be considered a Novel Yes“primary source”? Email Yes Dictionary No Painting Yes
What is a SecondaryGenerally, a secondarysource would be written Source?after the account of aprimary source in order tointerpret or evaluate theprimary source
Which of thefollowing wouldbe considered a Poem No “secondary Biography Yes source”? Commentary Yes Short No Story
What is aTertiary of A collection Source? information based on the primary and/or secondary sources available for a certain subject
Which of thefollowing wouldbe considered a Textbook Yes “tertiary Encycloped Yes ia source”? Yes Almanac Yes Guidebook
Example of Primary Sources Tertiary SecondaryLetters by MLK, Jr. Website on King’s Encyclopedia entry writings on the Civil Rights MovementA scientist’s first- A journal article A science textbookhand lab notes about the scientificregarding his/her discoveryfindings
Planning YourResearch Paper TheYou are officially a research Writispecialist, and you are ngbeginning a journey through the ProceAmerican Literature we have ss!discovered. You are, in affect, ascientist. That means that youhave to follow a very specificprotocol- just like a scientist-and every step is veryimportant. So, the first thing Iwant you to know is to work veryhard and pay very closeattention. DO NOT skip one
What is a Works To Citedname, to cite = to Page? mention, to quote When researching, it is vitally important to keep track of the sources you find and use within your paper. The specific and proper way to do this is on an MLA- style formatted Works Cited page Essentially you are citing (naming, mentioning, quoting) the specific works
What is MLADocumentation? MLA = Modern Language Association This group develops a set of standards by which all writing in the humanities is formatted for consistency and ease of access We will discuss this in more detail as you get more into your project!
Bonus time!!!!! Write a short summary of the silly video I show you for extra points!Submit to CC Youtube Video (10/11) Dropbox in the Romanticism Unit!
What is Plagiarism?Many people think of plagiarism as copying anothers work, or borrowingsomeone elses original ideas. But terms like "copying" and "borrowing" candisguise the seriousness of the offense:According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to "plagiarize" means to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as ones own to use (anothers production) without crediting the source to commit literary theft to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealingsomeone elses work and lying about it afterward.
Reading withResearch in Mind Your novel is more than just a “read for pleasure” experience As part of your research paper/honors project, you will be ANALYZING aspects of your novel to develop an ARGUMENT From there you will be RESEARCHING to find other sources that support your assertions This is called Literary Analysis
How is my ResearchYou will be discussing theof “literary”?text of your novel, a piece written work!Your discussion willrevolved around certainconcepts/terms that arespecifically associated withliterature
LiteraryTerms/ConceptsPlotSettingNarration/point of viewCharacterizationSymbolismMetaphor/figurative languageIronyHistorical contextSocial/political/economiccontext
How is myresearch paperan “analysis”? An analysis asks over-arching questions like “How”or “Why”, rather than basicquestions like “Who” or“What”How the various componentsof a work of literaturerelate to each otherHow concepts and forms in awork of literature relate tolarger contexts (political,social, economic,
Literary + Analysis = Argument …How?When reading with research &literary analysis in mind, you willfocus on specific aspects of thetextWhen discussing these attributes,you will want to make sure that youare making a specific ARGUABLE pointabout these aspects(this is your thesis statement – tobe discussed more later!)You will DEFEND your ARGUMENT withsupport drawn from the text &outside sourcesThink if it as a court case – you’rethe lawyer. The defendant is your
Questions? Thanks for being here! COMING SOON: Look for research projectinformation coming to an LMS Part B near you!