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Paper Guidelines

Paper Guidelines

Thank you all for the input yesterday: you all had similar ideas about guidelines for the paper (due Monday, April 16).

Paper Guidelines

You should expect that the paper will do the following:

  • You should argue for a specific approach or point of view, even if it is tentative. (i.e. at this point in time, given the research I have read/conducted, I argue that  . ..) OR provide information and analysis of an idea (i.e provide analysis of how women are represented in the media or how car culture is created in online communities…)
  • Minimum 3 sources represented in your paper. Select the most relevant research for discussion/support of your ideas. Use in-text citations to support your ideas (this is a fancy way of saying use quotes from your sources to support what you say).
  • Your paper should be carefully documented including MLA or APA in-text citation and Works Cited (MLA)/References Page (APA)
  • 3-6 pages

You will be evaluated based on the complexity of your claims, your use of support/outside sources, and your attention to editing and citation format guidelines.

Guiding questions that might help you with what to say:

Ideas for your introduction:

  • Why are you interested in this? Why should others be interested? You might be able to revise the intro from your Curated Resource.
  • Tell a story about your experience with the thing you are researching. If you’re a gamer, talk about that and describe what it’s like to play. Tell your immigration story or a story from your family. Talk about how you’ve experienced the media: are you represented in current popular media? Tell a story about being part of car culture or another issue you are a part of…
  • Summarize one of your sources as a way to start the paper, then explain how you became interested in the next paragraph.
  • Tell us what others or the public think about this issue and then go on to explain why the public is confused or has a limited view of the issue
  • Describe a case or someone’s story that lead to this research.
  • Explain why this issue is important to think about at this moment in time.

Ideas for the body of the paper:

  • If you’ve used a film, book, video or TV series: you could summarize or describe it and then go on to do your analysis of the text.
  • You could summarize your sources and tie them to your claims and ideas.
  • You can connect a story you told in the introduction to the sources you are reading. How do the sources connect to your experience with the issue?
  • Go back and look at Monica’s paper and think about how she uses each paragraph to move through her argument about civic engagement in college. You might also look at how your sources use their body paragraphs to move through the ideas.

Ideas for your conclusion:

  • So what? So why should people care about this? What do you want people to leave with after they read the paper?
  • Is there anything people can do? Awareness, places to search for more information or to volunteer?
  • You could address what you think should happen next: what questions are you left with? What would you research next? What should others work on?
  • You could go back to your story if you had one in your intro and add to it. In fact, you could not tell the ending to your story in the intro and then use the conclusion to say what happened.

If you get stuck: read your sources or look for other sources (as models or as more information).

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