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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 research paper of a minimum length of five pages with an additional bibliography page will be required for a large part (100 points) 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, and 5 pages with a font of 10 - longer if you use a larger font. As with commentaries, use standard margins and double spacing. Complete sentences and standard English structure are expected in a 200 level college class. I will require at least 3 sources for your paper, and they will need to be reasonable sources and cited properly within the paper itself. I will supply more details about the paper and citations in class.
We will have one day in the library in the first half of the term for a presentation on research and how to do citations by the library staff for those who need it. The second half of that class time will be for you to have the opportunity to do some searching for sources and/or a topic. The paper itself is due on the Wednesday of the last week of class (the last day before Finals). Sources must be cited in teh body of the paper. This will be explained more fully in class.
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 five pages minimum, 30 points on content, 10 on writing style, 6 on having the three sources required, 9 on the types of sources, and 15 points for citing the sources correctly in the paper. I will go over this more in class in more detail as well. CITING THE SOURCES IS IMPORTANT! So, if you have any questions, PLEASE ASK either me or one of the library staff!
You will need to use either APA style or MLA style for your citations and bibliography for the research paper. (You don't need to worry about citations onthe commentaries since they are YOUR comments). I personally prefer APA because I think it's easier, but MLA is OK if that's what you are familiar with. I will discuss reasons for both in class. If you're not sure what those are - ASK, i you need hpa with them - ASK.
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