Overview of the Research Paper Assignment

Overview of the Research Paper Assignment

Your assignment is to write a 1250-1800 words paper on one of the following topics. You are expected to cite at least five reputable, scholarly sources (outside of the course text) in supporting your thesis on your chosen topic.

Please follow these Guidelines:

  1. Use MLA format for your documentation and paper formatting. (You may use APA, if that is what you are more familiar with in your discipline. Note which format you are using at top of paper.)
  2. Cite, quote and paraphrase ethically and correctly. No more than 5% of your paper may be made up of quoted material.
  3. Include examples of art works to support your analysis. If you would like to include images in your paper, they must be properly captioned and cited.
  4. Use the art elements and design principles vocabulary in your writing.
  5. Submit your paper as an attachment in MS Word format.

Resources for specific research paper topics

Instructions for Research Paper Part 1

Part 1 of the Final Research paper consists of the following THREE items, which are required for satisfactory completion of this assignment:

  1. Introduction Paragraph: Begin with a “hook,” then introduce your topic in 3-4 sentences, and include your thesis statement as the last sentence in the introduction. As a reminder, the thesis statement provides a strong central argument for the paper, not a statement of your paper’s topic.
  2. A list of five or more scholarly, college-level research sources. Two or more of the research sources should be journal articles from the online library. All sources should be cited in MLA or APA format.
  3. A 300+ word outline of your paper. This should indicate how you will break down your topic and how you intend to support your thesis. The outline should be in outline format that clearly shows your paper’s organization and hierarchy of ideas. You are expected to submit at least one full written page of specific researched detail for your paper, not an outline with placeholders for future information.

This assignment is due by the end of the third week of class. See due-date schedule in the course syllabus for the exact date.

Click on “Week Three Assignment: Research Paper Part I” to submit your assignment, and to get more information regarding the due date and grading rubric.

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