COMPONENTS OFA RESEARCH PAPERCC w/Mrs. Herring will begin @ 1:15
What is Research?“The systematic investigation into andstudy of materials and sources in order toestablish facts and reach new conclusions”(Merriam-Webster).“Research is a process of investigation. Anexamination of a subject from differentpoints of view. It’s not just a trip to thelibrary to pick up a stack of materials, orpicking the first five hits from a computersearch. Research is a hunt for the truth. Itis getting to know a subject by reading upon it, reflecting, playing with the ideas,choosing the areas that interest you andfollowing up on them. Research is the wayyou 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 a Primary Source? Original materials from a specific time period, presenting original thinking, a new discovery, or new information
Which of the following would beconsidered a “primary source”? Novel Yes Email Yes Dictionary No Painting Yes
What is a Secondary Source? Generally, a secondary source would be written after the account of a primary source in order to interpret or evaluate the primary source
Which of the following would beconsidered a “secondary source”? Poem No Biography Yes Commentary Yes Short Story No
What is a Tertiary Source? A collection of information based on the primary and/or secondary sources available for a certain subject
Which of the following would beconsidered a “tertiary source”? Textbook Yes Encyclopedia Yes Almanac Yes Guidebook Yes
Example of Sources Primary Secondary TertiaryLetters by MLK, Website on King’s EncyclopediaJr. writings entry on the Civil Rights MovementA scientist’s first- A journal article A science textbookhand lab notes about theregarding his/her scientificfindings discovery
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 Cited Page? To cite = to name, to 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 (primary and secondary sources) that you use to collect your information
What is MLA Documentation? 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, orborrowing someone elses original ideas. But terms like "copying" and"borrowing" can disguise 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 bothstealing someone elses work and lying about it afterward.
Reading with Research 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 Research “literary”? You will be discussing the text of your novel, a piece of written work! Your discussion will revolved around certain concepts/terms that are specifically associated with literature
Literary Terms/ConceptsPlotSettingNarration/point of viewCharacterizationSymbolismMetaphor/figurativelanguageIronyHistorical contextSocial/political/economiccontext
How is my research paper an “analysis”? An analysis asks over-arching questions like “How” or “Why”, rather than basic questions like “Who” or “What” How the various components of a work of literature relate to each other How concepts and forms in a work of literature relate to larger contexts (political, social, economic, historical, religious, etc.)
Literary + Analysis = Argument …How?When reading with research & literary analysis in mind, you willfocus on specific aspects of the textWhen discussing these attributes, you will want to make sure thatyou are making a specific ARGUABLE point about these aspects(this is your thesis statement – to be discussed more later!)You will DEFEND your ARGUMENT with support drawn from thetext & outside sourcesThink if it as a court case – you’re the lawyer. The defendant isyour novel and you as the lawyer want to paint your defendant in acertain light. The novel will be your primary source of info. You willalso call other witnesses (your research – the secondary sources) tothe stand to corroborate the defendant’s story you’re presenting.
Questions? Thanks for being here! COMING SOON:Look for research project information coming to an LMS Part B near you!