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Reference sources will give you general background information in relatively short entries and can cover many broad topics. Reference sources are often a good place to start.
Books are a bit more in depth and quite a bit longer than reference sources but if you find one exactly on your topic, well, you've hit a gold mine!
Articles are usually on more specific aspects of a topic for example they may be about one major achievement of a person, one interpretation of an event, etc.
A five page (minimum), research paper, with an additional bibliography or works cited page will be required for a large part of the grade for this class. This can be on any topic related to the class. You must have the topic OK'd by me no later than the second quiz, although feel free to have it OK'd prior to that.Write the topic on a sheet of paper and hand it in so I can record it.
The topic may be turned in handwritten, but the paper itself MUST be word processed. Again, double spaced, with a font of 10 and normal margins are mandatory. Complete sentences and standard English structure are expected in a 200 level college class. I will require at least 3 reasonable sources for your paper, and your sources will need to be cited within the paper itself. I will supply more details about the paper and citations in class as well as our research night.
Citations can be either MLA or APA style. We will have at least one day in the library for a presentation on research by the library staff for those who need it, and time to do some searching for sources as well. The paper itself is due on the Wednesday of the last week of class, before Finals, so I have time to read them and get them back to you by the night of the Final.
The point breakdown for the paper is as follows: 2 points for the topic being turned in on time, 3 points for the PAPER being turned in on time, 25 points for the 5 pages minimum, 30 points on content, 10 on writing style, 3 on having the three sources required, 5 on the types of sources, 5 on the works cited page, and 15 points for citing the sources correctly in the paper.
If you have any questions, PLEASE talk to me, or ask one of the librarians. There are sources online, in the library, and elsewhere too.
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