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The research paper cyber 12

  1. 1. THE RESEARCH PAPER 2010-2011 Made INCREDIBLY simple (yeah, right)
  2. 2. YOUR MISSION  Choose an author, work or genre dealing specifically with British or ancient Greek or Roman literature and explore a specific question or concern.
  3. 3. FORMAT • MLA style • Typed or word-processed • 12 pt. Times New Roman font • Follow the remainder of the guidelines already set out for you for a typewritten paper.
  5. 5. WORKS CITED PAGE  At least 6 (six) academic sources besides encyclopedias  primary and secondary sources  Any Internet sources not available through PowerLibrary must be approved prior to use.  All entries must be utilized and cited within your paper.
  6. 6. This research paper is weighed as a large portion of your final exam, which is 1/5 of your overall grade for the year.
  7. 7. A RESEARCH PAPER IS NOT…  A Book report  A Biography  A Comparison  YOUR (the writer’s) opinion  Derived from one source
  8. 8. A RESEARCH PAPER MUST…  Summarize information gleaned not just from one source, but from a series of sources  Include both primary sources and secondary sources.  Primary sources - firsthand material, novels, interviews, & letters  Secondary sources - works about someone  Merge the information from the various sources into one smooth coherent product.
  9. 9. CHOOSING A SUBJECT  Teacher assigned vs. Student choice  Must be large enough to fill the assigned size and small enough to be covered in that space  variety of sources  Come up with a general subject you like first, find info, then narrow it to something manageable  Determine your thesis.
  10. 10. COMING UP WITH ATHESIS  A Thesis is the statement you are going to prove in your paper  Do preliminary research  Come up with a question (“Shakespeare” is not a thesis)  Do some research to answer that question  YOURTHESIS WILL BETHE ANSWERTOTHE QUESTION
  12. 12. EXAMPLE
  13. 13. THE “SO WHAT? WHO CARES?”TEST  Will anybody care about your thesis?  NOBODY wants to read about something they already know.  Examples of thesis that fails the test:  “Shakespeare is considered one of the greatest writers in British history.”  “Greek Mythology has had a great impact on literature.”
  14. 14. YOU MUST HAVEYOUR THESIS SELECTED BY DECEMBER 3RD Email me your thesis statement.
  15. 15. WHERE TO GO FOR MORE HELP  OWL (Online Writing Lab)-  An online tutorial that takes the reader through the research paper process.
  17. 17. WORK CITED CARDS Shakespeare, William. Macbeth. The Riverside Shakespeare. Boston: Houghton, 1974. 1 Put the information on this set of cards EXACTLY as you will put it on the Works Cited page Number your WC cards
  18. 18. NOTE CARDS One Piece of information per card “I am in blood/Stepp’d in so far that, should I wade no more,/Returning were as tedious as go o’re.” (Macbeth saying he’s already too guilty to stop committing crimes.) Blood p. 1327 1 Page number of book you found info in Work Cited card number Topic or heading under which this information will go
  19. 19. OTHER NOTE TAKING OPTIONS  Microsoft OneNote  Pros  very versatile if you own the program  Works in conjunction with Office Live, thus it is accessible from anywhere  Cons  Not Cheap  Not all versions of MS Office come with OneNote  Evernote  Pros  FREE!  Can be used from any computer with internet access  You don’t need to download software to use basic features  Notes are accessible from smart phones  Cons  Isn’t as versatile as the PAY version of MS OneNote
  20. 20. OUTLINE  Include Thesis statement at top.  Major topics headed with Roman Numerals  Secondary topics headed with capital Arabic letters  “A” requires “B”  “A” & “B” must be closely related
  21. 21. OUTLINING Purpose: to explain how to do an outline before creating a speech I. Introduction A. What is an outline? B. Why is it needed? 1. Road map example 2. Skeleton example II. Parts of an outline A. Title B. Purpose C.Main Topics D. Sub Topics III. Form A. Divisions 1. Roman Numerals for main topics 2. Capital letters for sub topics 3. Numbers for next level of sub topic B. “A” requires “B” C. Closely related
  22. 22. QUOTATIONS  Quote only words, phrases, lines, and passages that are particularly interesting, vivid, unusual, or apt.  Keep all quotations as brief as possible.  Over quotation can bore your readers.  RULE OFTHUMB—No more than Twenty Percent of your paper should be direct quotes
  23. 23. PROSE QUOTES  If a prose quotation runs no more than four typed lines and requires no special emphasis, put it in quotation marks and incorporate it in the text.  “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” wrote Charles Dickens of the eighteenth century in the book ATale ofTwo Cities (1).  Sometimes you may want to quote just a word or phrase as part of your sentence.  For Charles Dickens the eighteenth century was both “the best of times” and “the worst of times” (Dickens 1).
  24. 24. PARAPHRASING  Paraphrase a quote to:  Shorten the length  Simplify the language  YOU MUST STILL CITE A PARAPHRASED SECTION OF YOUR PAPER!!!
  25. 25. MLA IN-TEXT CITATIONS  In parenthesis ()  Usually the author’s last name and page number, but not always  No Comma  It’s part of the sentence so it goes inside the end punctuation (Dickens 123).