If the goal of college is to provide an educational and social experience that allows graduates to succeed in real life, why are many universities spending more money on sports than they are on academic departments?

Research Question/Thesis Assignment

 

I have expanded the assignment to help guide you through the process. Please answer the following questions inside of this word document, print it out, and bring it to class on Monday.

 

 

Section 1- Research Question

Use your handout to help you create an appropriate question. (No yes/no questions.) I would like to see and confirm all research questions before you move on to your detailed research.

Remember that you may modify your question as you continue to do research.

 

  1. What is your research question?
  2. Why is this an important question to answer?

 

 

Section 2-Articles

What are your articles? List four articles that each provide a different point of view in relation to your question. Each article should come from a different source. Up to two of them may be in a language other than English.

Some suggestions for finding sources: Using Google Scholar, Using Google News Search Function, Looking beyond the first page of results in a search, Letting the results of a search help you find new keywords for a more effective search, Getting help from the research librarians in Creative Commons.

            Finally- Discussing your articles with others, including the Writing Center Tutors, can help you understand them better.

 

Article 1

  1. What is the title and when was it written?
  2. What is the URL (web address)? (if it is not an online source, list the source type).
  3. Why is this source authoritative? Consider author, publisher, etc.
  4. Provide a three-sentence summary.

 

Article 2

 

  1. What is the title and when was it written?
  2. What is the URL (web address)? (if it is not an online source, list the source type).
  3. Why is this source authoritative? Consider author, publisher, etc.
  4. Provide a three-sentence summary

Article 3

 

  1. What is the title and when was it written?
  2. What is the URL (web address)? (if it is not an online source, list the source type).
  3. Why is this source authoritative? Consider author, publisher, etc.
  4. Provide a three-sentence summary.

 

 

Article 4

 

  1. What is the title and when was it written?
  2. What is the URL (web address)? (if it is not an online source, list the source type).
  3. Why is this source authoritative? Consider author, publisher, etc.
  4. Provide a three-sentence summary.

 

 

Section 3- Preliminary Thesis

Suggestions- Discuss your articles and your questions with other people to help you find your thesis. For example, you could discuss your articles and question with your other group members or with a Writing Center tutor.

 

  1. What is your Preliminary Thesis? (Remember that your thesis is simply the answer to your research question.) This does have to be a single sentence, and in fact it probably should not be a single sentence.
  2. Write 2 or 3 paragraphs that show how you developed your answer in relation to the research you have done. Do not rely on only one article, but show how your answer is informed by all of the articles.

 

 

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