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for the research paper.|
page is devoted to the various components and phases of the research project.
The guidelines, expectations, and due dates of each component are discussed in
written components must be typed and double-spaced.
you have any questions or comments, please contact
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statement (Oct. 17)|
Write a paragraph
(at least six sentences) in which you describe your overall topic, your perspective
on that topic, and your methodology in getting your perspective across.
help in formulating your thesis statement, consult the Skidmore
Guide to Writing.
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presentations (Nov. 14 - 16 / Dec. 5)
You will have
two opportunities to present your thesis before the class, once near the middle
of the research process, and once at the end. The first presentation will demonstrate
your current position, and where you hope to proceed from there. The second will
summarize your completed paper at large.
presentations will be brief and to the point, and must be offered in a formal
and scholarly manner. Students are encouraged to utilize some kind of visual aid,
including handouts, Microsoft PowerPoint, or webpages. Your peers will grade both
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bibliography (Oct. 17 / Nov. 16 / Dec. 5)
An annotated bibliography
is more than simple a list of references. Rather, it is a catalog of your sources
crossed with a summary of your reading. Each entry in your annotated bibliography
should include the following:
complete citation of a source in a recognized bibliographic format;
summary of that source its thesis and main ideas; and
critique of the source how successful it was in getting its thesis across,
as well as how it relates to your own thesis.
annotations (the summary and the critique) should be at least a paragraph apiece.
Your bibliography will grow in breadth and depth over the course of the term (note
the four due dates).
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draft (Nov. 28)
More than a skeletal,
line-by-line synopsis of your paper, but less than a full-fledged draft, the outline
draft must illustrate your progress on the paper to date. Such drafts typically
consist of paragraphs of rough prose, interspersed with one- or two-line headings
that either introduce the main point of each paragraph or bridge the gap between
the format of your draft, it should show a majority of developed and coherent
ideas, and a minority of underdeveloped and vague ones. Sources should be cited
your instructor and your peers will comment on your outline draft, so be sure
to make adequate copies.
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paper (Dec. 5)|
Your final paper,
approximately 20 pages in length and featuring appropriate citations of promary
and sceondary sources, is due in class on December 5th.